QMJHL Weekly, September 27th, 2010

Saulnier Twins, Couturier Are Telus Three Stars of the Week

Moncton forwards Alex and Allain Saulnier and Drummondville forward Sean Couturier are the Telus Three Stars of the Week for the week ending September 26th, 2010.

The Saulniers recorded two assists on Wednesday as Moncton defeated Rimouski 5-3. Allain netted two goals and was the first star of the game, and Alex had a goal and three assists in the Wildcats’ 7-5 win over Baie-Comeau on Friday; while Alex had two goals, one assist, and was the game’s second star, and Allain lent a helping hand on three and was the first star of the game in Saturday’s 5-4 win over Chicoutimi. They were both a +6 for the week.

Couturier had two goals, one assist, and was the second star of the game in Drummondville’s 8-3 win over Gatineau on Friday and one goal, two assists, and the third star of the game award in Saturday’s 7-6 shootout win over Saint John. He finished the week with a +7.

Cape Breton, Halifax, Saint John, and Shawinigan Submit Letters of Intent To Host 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

On Thursday the League announced that Cape Breton, Halifax, Saint John, and Shawinigan have submitted letters of intent to host the 2012 Memorial Cup.

It was announced in late August that an independent committee will chose the site of the next Cup and that committee members will be selected in the next few weeks.

The ability of bidding teams to host the Cup has to be submitted to the QMJHL’s Head Office before December 6th and the committee will tour potential sites in early 2011 and the decision coming in April.

The Games This Week

Despite being outshot 40-39 Acadie-Bathurst beat PEI 4-1 with Jonathan Lessard leading the way with two goals; Martin Frk led Halifax to a 6-4 win over Baie-Comeau with a goal and assist; and Daniel Pettersen scored the game winner 11:53 into the second as Moncton skated to a 5-3 win over Rimouski on Wednesday.

All 18 teams saw action on Friday night as Ben Duffy scored the game winner 1:25 into the third as PEI edged Cape Breton 2-1; Sebastien Trudeau scored twice in Acadie-Bathurst’s 3-1 win over Lewiston; Jonathan Audy-Marchessault had three goals and three assists and Joel Champagne scored once and assisted on four more to lead Quebec to a 12-2 rout of Rouyn-Noranda; Antonio Mastropietro came in to relieve David Honzik five minutes into the second period and made 18 saves as Val-d’Or was outshot 34-29 in their 6-5 shootout win over Victoriaville; David Ros had a goal and assist in Montreal’s 4-1 win over Saint John; Allain Saulnier scored twice and assisted on two more for Moncton, and Pierrick Martel had two goals and one assist for Baie-Comeau in the Wildcats’ 7-5 win; Sean Couturier and Jonathan Brunelle scored twice and added one assist each in Drummondville’s 8-3 thrashing of Gatineau; and Felix Lefrancois was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Rimouski edged Shawinigan 5-4 in a shootout.

Janos Hari added two goals and one assist in Montreal’s 6-2 win over Val-d’Or; Daniel Pettersen and Alex Saulnier scored in the shootout in Moncton’s 5-4 win over Gatineau; Branden Eden, Robbie DeFulvis, and Jessyko Bernard scored for Rouyn-Noranda, while Yanni Gourde netted Victoriaville’s lone goal in the Huskies’ 3-1 win; Philippe Paradis found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on one more as PEI swept Cape Breton with a 3-1 win; Couturier had a goal and two helpers for Drummondville, and Scott Oke scored twice for Saint John in the Voltigeurs’ 7-6 shootout victory; Jess Tanguay scored both of Lewiston’s goals as the MAINEiacs edged Acadie-Bathurst 2-1; and Frederick Roy scored two goals to lead Quebec past Halifax 4-1 on Saturday.

Two games finished off the weekend on Sunday as Samuel Hodhod scored twice for Shawinigan, while Samuel Morneau had a goal and assist for Gatineau in the Cataractes’ 6-4 victory; and Lefrancois had two goals and one assist for Rimouski as they thrashed Halifax 9-2.

The Leaders

Drummondville and Quebec are the only undefeated teams in the League as the Voltigeurs lead the Telus East Division with their 6-0-0-0 record and 12 points; while a 5-0-0-0 record and 10 points gives Quebec the Telus East lead. Acadie-Bathurst (5-2-0-0. 10 pts) leads the Maritime Division.

Centre Jonathan Audy-Marchessault leads all scorers with five goals and 11 assists in six games; while Victoriaville centre Philip-Michaël Devos is second as he has found the back of the net four times while lending a helping hand on 10 more in six contests; and centre Champagne rounds out the top three with 13 points (6G, 7A) in the six games that he has skated in.

In the net based on a minimum of 200:00 played and GAA Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson has a 4-0-0-0 record, 1.48 GAA, and .944 SAV%; while Quebec’s Louis Domingue is 2-0-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.50 and a .930 SAV%; and Moncton’s Shane Owen rounds out the top three with a record of 1-0-0-1, a 2.31 GAA, and a .926 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Action begins with two games on Wednesday as Moncton welcomes Cape Breton; and Lewiston makes their way to Rouyn-Noranda.

On Thursday Drummondville is in Shawinigan.

Seven games will be played on Friday as Cape Breton is at home to Quebec; Saint John is in Halifax; PEI takes on Baie-Comeau in Charlottetown; Montreal and Chicoutimi take to the ice in Verdun; Gatineau is in Drummondville; Drummondville welcomes Gatineau; Acadie-Bathurst travels to Rimouski; and Lewiston is in Rouyn-Noranda.

On Saturday Shawinigan and Chicoutimi face off in Shawinigan; Gatineau is in Victoriaville; Baie-Comeau makes another Maritime stop in Moncton; and Lewiston stops by Val-d’Or.

Twelve teams take to the ice to close out the week on Sunday with Halifax and PEI facing off in Halifax; Baie-Comeau making another New Brunswick stop in Bathurst; Saint John is in Cape Breton; Moncton is at home to Quebec; Victoriaville is in Montreal; Drummondville welcomes Shawinigan; Gatineau is in Rimouski; and Lewiston completes their series with Val-d’Or.

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