QMJHL Weekly: September 27th, 2011

Tam, Kamev and Casavant Are Telus Three Stars of the Week

Quebec forward Mikael Tam, Rouyn-Noranda right winger Denis Kamev, and Val-d’Or left winger Benjamin Casavant are the three stars of the week for the week ending September 25th, 2011.

Tam began the week with two goals and the first star of the game award as Quebec defeated Victoriaville 5-3 on Friday and followed that up with the hat trick and another first star of the game award as the Remparts romped to a 9-1 win over Chicoutimi on Sunday.

Kamev began the week with a goal and three assists and the first star of the game award as Roun-Noranda nipped PEI 5-4 on Thursday. He lent a helping hand on two more in the Huskies’ 3-2 loss to Halifax on Friday and finished the week with one goal and one assist in the 6-4 win over Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday.

Casavant had an assist on Mathieu Theriault’s game winner in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst; the hat trick and the game’s first star award as the Foreurs skated to a 7-3 win over Moncton on Thursday; two goals and one assist in the 5-4 loss to Saint John on Friday; and nothing in the team’s 3-0 loss to PEI on Sunday.

Beauregard Traded

The Saint John Sea Dogs have traded 20 year old forward Alexandre Beauregard and their 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft second round pick to the Chicoutimi for the Sagueneens’ 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft first and third round draft picks.

Saint John obtained Beauregard from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at the trade deadline last season. The Huskies drafted the 6-3 196 lb native of St-Jerome, QC in the sixth round of the 2008 QMJHL Entry Draft.

The Games This Week

On Tuesday Francois Tremblay made 33 saves as Val-d’Or was outshot 35-23 in their 3-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst. Logan Shaw scored the only goal in the shootout as Cape Breton nipped Chicoutimi 3-2 on Wednesday. Jeremi Janneteau scored twice as Rouyn-Noranda edged PEI 5-4; Benjamin Casavant had the hat trick as Val-d’Or began their Eastern Canadian road swing with a 7-3 win over Moncton; and Nikita Kolesnikovs’s goal with 2:01 left in the game was the game winner as Shawinigan skated to a 5-3 win over Blainville-Boisband on Thursday.

Matthew Boudreau scored the game winner with 48 seconds left in regulation as Halifax edged Rouyn-Noranda 3-2; Aidan Kelly was the only shooter to score in the shootout as Saint John nipped Val-d’Or 5-4; Drummondville got past Shawinigan 2-1; Mikhail Grigorenko found the back of the net twice and lent a helping hand on one more as Quebec skated past Victoriaville 5-3;, and Carl Gelinas did the same for Baie-Comeau in the Drakkar’s 6-2 win over Cape Breton; Christian Ouellet also added two goals and one assist as Gatineau defeated Blainville-Boisband 6-2; and Rimouski also needed a shootout and a goal from Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc in their 6-5 win over Chicoutimi on Friday night.

On Saturday Baie-Comeau completed the sweep of Cape Breton with a 6-3 win as Raphael Bussieres beat Philippe Trudeau twice and lent a helping hand on one more; Alex Saulnier added his seventh of the season and the game winner 15:44 into the third as Moncton nipped Halifax 3-2; Maxime Lagace made 37 saves as PEI was outshot 37-29 in their 3-0 win over Val-d’Or; Stanislev Galiev scored twice and added an assist, and Danick Gauthier also scored twice as Saint John romped to a 6-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst; and Emil Sylvegard’s goal 4:09 into the first was all Drummondville needed in their 6-0 blanking of Blainville-Boisband.

It was hat trick Sunday as three players found the back of the net three times in three different games. Mikael Tam had the hat trick as Quebec smashed Chicoutimi 9-1; Yannick Veilleux also scored three times as Shawinigan edged Rimouski 5-4; and Yanni Gourde found the back of the net three times as Victoriaville blanked Gatineau 8-0. Sven Andrighetto scored twice and helped out on two more as Rouyn-Noranda got past Acadie-Bathurst 6-4.

The Leaders

Acadie-Bathurst forward Zach O’Brien tops all scorers with eight goals and 11 assists in seven games; while Victoriaville left winger Yanni Gourde is second with six goals and 12 assists over six games; while O’Brien’s teammate centre Matthew Bissonnette has found the twine on seven occasions while lending a helping hand on nine more in the eight games that he has skated in.

Among netminders based on goals against average Shawinigan’s Alex Dubeau is 4-1-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and 0.932 SAV%; while Drummondville’s Domenic Graham is 2-2-0-0 with a goals against average of 2.02 and 0.930 SAV%; and Victoriaville’s Brandon Whitney (5-0-0-0, 2.16 GAA, and 0.902 SAV%) rounds out the top three.

Victoriaville has a 5-1-0-0 record and 10 points to lead both the Telus East and overall standings. Moncton is the top team in the Maritimes Division with their four wins, three losses, and no overtime or shootout losses; while Telus West leaders are 3-3-1-0 with seven points.

The Games To Come

Play resumes with one game on Tuesday as Baie-Comeau welcomes Victoriaville. On Wednesday Cape Breton welcomes PEI; Saint John is in Boisband; and Chicoutimi is at home to Victoriaville. Drummondville is at home to Rouyn-Noranda; and Moncton makes their way to Shawinigan on Thursday.

Six games kick off the weekend action on Friday as Cape Breton is at home to Maritime rivals Halifax; Saint John begins their Quebec road trip with a stop in Drummondville, and Moncton does the same in Quebec; Rouyn-Noranda and Blainville-Boisband take to the ice for a Telus West game in Boisband; Shawinigan welcomes Acadie-Bathurst; and Gatineau and Val-d’Or face off in Val-d’Or in a Telus West contest.

The month of October begins with three games as PEI makes their way to Baie-Comeau; Chicoutimi welcomes Acadie-Bathurst; Moncton is in Rimouski; and Saint John is in Victoriaville.
Four games will finish the weekend on Sunday as Quebec hosts Shawinigan; Bathurst is in Baie-Comeau; Blainville-Boisband takes on Victoriaville in Boisband; and PEI finishes up their Quebec road trip with a stop in Chicoutimi.

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