In 2nd and 3rd spots overall in the Canadian Hockey League, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the Shawinigan Cataractes should be putting on some show on rue Jacques-Plante tonight. Elsewhere with the Tigres, Maxime Comptois – just 16, already boasts four 2-point games and has impressed many fans. Meanwhile in Drummondville, Alex Barré-Boulet scored 3 goals last night the become the first player the get 10 goals in the League this season.
BATTLE FOR THE TOP!
- Rouyn-Noranda at Shawinigan – This Friday, October 9th at the Centre Gervais Auto (7 PM), two QMJHL division leaders face off.
- The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies – Unbeaten in regulation in their last 8 games (15 points out of a possible 16), Gilles Bouchard’s team has taken over 1st spot in the overall standings with 17 points – three more than the Cataractes. The Huskies have already lit the red light 45 times, an average of 4.44 goals per game.
- The Shawinigan Cataractes – They will surely be thinking about their first loss this season, late in September: Suffering a 6-1 loss at the hands of the Huskies. On that particular Sunday, Cataractes’ rookie goalie Mikhail Denisov handled 45 shots while his teammates were held to just 24…In 2015-16 the Cataractes are allowing only 2.67 goals per game on average. (1st place). The Cats special teams are firing on all cylinders: 87% on the PK while managing to score 3 short handed goals – and 25% with the man advantage: Making for a combined 112% (2nd place | behind Sherbrooke at 116.9%)
- Offensive defensemen – Samuel Girard has collected 9 of his 11 points on the power play. The defenseman who leads all others with his 11 assists in 9 games is still waiting for his first goal.
- Jérémy Lauzon (Rouyn-Noranda) – Looking at the ‘Rouges & Noirs’, It’s Jérémy Lauzon who leads the way with his 9 points in 5 matches, with 2 goals to his credit. Lauzon up to now has the best +/- in the league for a defenseman: +11. His teammate Allan Caron follows not far behind with +9. Lauzon was a second round pick for Boston last June but Girard won’t be eligible until the next NHL draft.
- ‘Already drafted’ in great numbers – No fewer that 6 of the Huskies’ players belong to NHL teams. The very last to be picked up was giant-sized defenseman Philippe Myers. He was able to impress the Philadelphia Flyers enough to sign him to a Free Agent contract. Looking elsewhere with the Cats, they can count on Dennis Yan (Tampa Bay) and Anthony Beauvillier (New York Islanders), two young hopefuls coming back from their first professional training camps. Beauvillier has been made the Cataractes’ captain and has picked up where he left off last year, with 3 points in as many games on his team’s recent Maritime trip. He pestered the opposing goalies with an average of 7 shots per game (22 in total!)
- Against their old team – It has been almost two years that Gabriel Slight has worn Shawinigan’sn yellow jersey, but don’t forget the he started off with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who took him as their second round pick in 2011. Slight just might be the most punished player on his team this year (28 minutes in the box), but he takes regular part in the scoring as evidenced by his 8 points, half of which were scored on the power play. This payer who scored 28 goals last year has already racked up 5 in 9 games. The Huskies defenseman Bruno-Carl Denis who hails from St-Ubald, just down the road from Shawinigan, will be looking to collect his very first point of the season against his former teammates.
- Rimouski – (Depending on Thursday’s game) The Océanic have won their last 7 games and are still perfect on the road (3-0) since their victory last night in Quebec. This is their 2nd win in as many games in the new Vidéotron Centre!
- Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville) – What a start to his Major Junior career! He has already accumulated 12 points and will be aiming to score a goal in a 4th straight game tonight when the Tigres visit Halifax.
- Alexandre Carrier (Gatineau) – The last Olympiques blue-liner to have had at least 10 consecutive games with at least one point is Jiri Fischer (1998-99). Carrier is closing in on this record as he seeks his 8th straight game on the score sheet. That would duplicate his own personal record, having previously had a similar sequence of 8 games in the 2014-15 season. Below are the team records for Olympiques players:
Franchise RECORDS Hull/Gatineau
|Most consecutive games with at least one point in a season by a defenseman|
|3||Stéphane J.G. Richer||Hull||1984-85||84-10-24||84-11-18||11|
THE BEST ON THE POWER PLAY/PENALTY KILL
- 5 on 5! – It’s not easy to rack up points night after night. Some prove their effectiveness at scoring at even strength, and sometimes shorthanded… Let’s look at who have been the most effective when we count the statistics of players without their points collected on the power play. The chart below only looks at players who have at least 10 points as of before last night’s games.
- Manuel Wiederer (Moncton) – This 19-year-old German who has just joined the Widcats scores a 100%! In each of the games where he has scored it was at 5 on 5. Wiederer has a +/- of +10, the best on his team.
- Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape-Breton) – No less than 85% (11 of his 13 points) of his output has been produced without needing the man advantage. The 17-year-old can already boast 2 game-winners.
- Yan Pavel Laplante (Gatineau) – He has collected 3 of his 7 goals this season on the penalty kill. His 11 points of 14 give him a 79% in the chart below. In his last season of eligibility in the QMJHL, he currently dominates several offensive categories: Goals scored (9), shots on goal (49), short-handed goals (3 – tied with Jan Mandat of the Foreurs).
POINTS SCORED AT EVEN STRENGTH OR ON THE PENALTY KILL
|The best percentages among players who have at least 10 points at even strength or on the PK|
|Points 5 on 5 or Penalty Kill|
|Yan Pavel Laplante||LW||20||GAT||9||7||4||11||79%||14|
- Anthony Beauregard (Val-d’Or) – His 20th point this season will be his 150th in the QMJHL. The Foreurs’ veteran center has also played 150 games in the Q. As of this morning he occupies 1st place in league scoring with 19 points, 2 better than his nearest rival: Alex Barré-Boulet (Drummondville | 17). His +/- of +11 is among the best in the league and is only bettered by his teammate Aubé-Kubel (+12).
A SHUTOUT BUT A LOSS
- Matthew Welsh (Charlottetown) – Last Sunday was only the 3rd time in Q history that saw a final score of 1-0 after a shootout. In this most recent case, both goaltenders earned their shutout. Matthew Welsh (39 stops) had been brilliant, just like his opposing number Louis-Philip Guindon (29 stops | Rimouski). Welsh, a 16-year-old rookie had, among other things, stopped 2 players on penalty shots, one of which was François Beauchemin in overtime! The young Islander’s goalie finally let one in from Hunter Moreau of the Océanic in the 6th round of the shootout. Our favourite play of the week.
- Serge Beausoleil – with 178 wins under his belt as Head Coach, Beausoleil became yesterday the winningest coach in the history of the Océanic. The colourful Doris Labonté held that honour for regular season games since 1999-2000, and further pushed that record to 177 wins, in his last season, 2006-07.
- Fast! – In fewer than 5 full seasons, Beausoleil will have surpassed this illustrious team record. Otherwise, in the 2015-16 season, he is on the hunt for a 5th straight year with at least 40 wins – a feat that only Ghislain Delage (6 | Sherbrooke | 1974-75 to 1979-80) and Patrick Roy (5 | Québec | 2008-09 to 2012-13) have been able to achieve in the QMJHL.
RECORD – Rimouski Océanic
|Most career victories by a coach|
|Serge Beausoleil||RIM||11-12 => 15-16||178||277||0,643|
|Doris Labonté||RIM||97-98 => 06-07||177||406||0,459|
|Clément Jodoin||RIM||07-08 => 10-11||140||265||0,528|
|Gaston Therrien||RIM||95-96 => 96-97||59||139||0,457|
|Guylain Raymond||RIM||00-01 => 02-03||52||135||0,411|
What our web visitors are saying
- That rare thing: a 100 point defenseman – The last defenseman to break the 100 point mark was Danny Groulx of the Victoriaville Tigres, 13 years ago in 2001-02. We are perhaps about to see a repeat of that feat.
- Question – Last week on the QMJHL website we asked you what defenseman had the best chance of reaching the 100 point mark this season, considering he had an average of at least a point per game in September.
- Jérémy Roy (Sherbrooke) – He collected the largest share of the vote. 1527 of 4663 (32.7%) thought he would be the most likely to reach 100. You have to admit that he is on the right track as he is averaging 1.83 points per game, which would give him a 117-point season if he doesn’t miss any more games. He might be close to achieving that goal, but he will probably have a better chance of equalling the record for assists in a season by a Cataractes’ defenseman (78 | Daniel Bock | 1988-89) seeing as his current pace would give him a campaign of 83 assists.
- Samuel Girard (Shawinigan) – The fact he is only 17 didn’t seem to discourage 18.9% of voters.
- Jérémy Lauzon (Rouyn-Noranda) – His recent outings have convinced 12.5% (584) of our web visitors that he might be the man. He currently has the potential to reach 113 points, when you consider his current pace of 1.8 points per game.
Translation: Richard Dumas