Around the league: January 16th-20th
Get caught up on the latest news around the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and a glimpse on what’s coming this weekend.
Boland, MacEwen and Rodrigue named the stars of the week
On Monday, the QMJHL announced last week’s three stars, which ran from January 9th to January 15th. Rimouski Océanic forward Tyler Boland is the recipient of the first star. In four games, he scored three goals for a total of nine points and concluded the week with a plus/minus 5 rating. With a total of 65 points collected this season, the veteran is only two points behind Halifax Mooseheads’ Maxime Fortier who sits atop QMJHL’s top scorers.
The second star of the week was handed to Gatineau Olympiques forward Zack MacEwen. In just two games last week, the 20-year-old collected seven points including three goals. In addition, he finished his work week with a 64% performance in the face-off circles.
Olivier Rodrigue, Drummondville Voltigeurs goaltender, is the third star of the week. The 16-year-old rookie ended the week with a 1.40 goals-against-average and a 0.945 save percentage. In two games, he obtained a win and a shootout loss, helping his team get three points out of a possible four.
Ryan Verbeek named captain
With the departure of Joey Ratelle, traded to the Saguenéens at the trade deadline, the Voltigeurs were now without a leader. On Tuesday, head coach Dominique Ducharme proceeded to the appointment of a captain and assistants. Acquired in the trade that sent Ratelle to Chicoutimi, Ryan Verbeek was named the new captain of the team. He will be assisted by four alternates: Mathieu Sévigny, Nathan Hudgin, Andrew Shewfelt and Marc-Olivier Duquette.
Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick named captains
Less than two weeks from the 2017 Sherwin-Williams Top Prospects Game, the Canadian Hockey League announced the captains and alternates of the two teams that will compete on January 30th at the Videotron Center in Quebec City. Halifax Mooseheads forward, Nico Hischier, was named captain for team Orr. Mississauga Steelheads defensemen, Nicolas Hague and Tri-City Americans forward, Michael Rasmussen, will serve as assistant captains to Hischier. For team Cherry, the captain will be Brandon Wheat Kings forward, Nolan Patrick and his alternates will be Victoriaville Tigres winger, Maxime Comtois and Mississauga Steelheads forward Owen Tippett.
Tyler Boland scores four goals
Tuesday January 17th was Tyler Boland’s night. The forward scored all of his club’s goals in a 4-3 victory over the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. The 20-year-old became the 13th player in franchise history to score four goals in the same game. The last player to accomplish this feat was Alexis Loiseau, during the 2013-2014 season.
The Huskies and the Sea Dogs in the CHL Top 10
On Wednesday, the Canadian Hockey League announced the composition of the CHL Top 10 Rankings. The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies were the most deserving team from the QMJHL with a fifth place finish, as the team made a four-position jump. The Saint John Sea Dogs is the second and last QMJHL team in the Top 10, placed ninth by dropping from one position. In the honourable mentions, we have the Shawinigan Cataractes and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
28 QMHJL players listed on NHL’s Central Scouting list
We are at the time of year when the NHL Central Scouting Office reveals its midterm rankings of the top North American and International skaters and goaltenders for the next National Hockey League draft. Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads and Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings are the two headliners on this list. Despite the fact that Patrick missed more than thirty games since the beginning of the season, he remains number one. On his return with his team, the 6’3 “and 198 pounds forward amassed two goals and two assists. On the other hand, thanks to an outstanding performance at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, Nico Hischier climbed to second place among the top North American skaters. In 38 games this season, the “swiss sensation” scored 32 goals and added 32 assists for 64 points. Victoriaville Tigres’ Maxime Comtois, is the highest Quebec ranked player, 15th on the list. See the full list here.
Armada wins its seventh consecutive game
On Wednesday, the Armada hosted the Victoriaville Tigres at the Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau in Boisbriand. Newcomer Alex Barré-Boulet, recently acquired from the Drummondville Voltigeurs at the trade deadline, gave the Armada its seventh consecutive victory. The team’s winning streak comes after a series of seven losses in a row. Since the arrival of Barré-Boulet and Dubois, the Armada remains undefeated. However, their next meeting will be a challenge as they host the Shawinigan Cataractes tonight. As for the QMJHL leaders, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies could prolonged their winning streak to eight tonight as they face the Phoenix in Sherbrooke.
First game for German Rubtsov with the Saguenéens
Last night, the Chicoutimi Saguenéens were visiting the Halifax Mooseheads in a first game of three in the Maritimes. It was a night of firsts for Russian forward, German Rubtsov, who made his debut with his new team. Originally from Tchekhov, in Russia, he amassed two assists and provided a strong presence offensively in overtime and throughout the game. A successful comeback. The Philadelphia Flyers prospect decided to join the Saguenéens after the IIHF World Junior hockey Championship. He was recovering from an injury during the winter tournament, which slowed his returned.
Gatineau Olympiques celebrating Memorial Cup conquest
It will be an evening of celebrations tonight at the Robert-Guertin Center while the Olympiques organization, in collaboration with CAMA Industries, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the conquest of the Memorial Cup during the 1996-1997 season. Several activities are organized for this special day. The current Olympiques players will wear the colours of the championship team during the game and the sweaters with the names and numbers of the players of the 1997 Memorial Cup champion during the warm-up period. In addition, the visiting team will be the Charlottetown Islanders, a team with which the Olympiques talked trades twice during the trade deadline. A total of ten players changed team..
Friday January 20th: 7 games
Baie-Comeau Drakkar at Halifax Mooseheads – 7:00 pm AST
Chicoutimi Saguenéens at Saint John Sea Dogs – 7:00 pm AST
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at Sherbrooke Phoenix – 7:00 pm EST
Drummondville Voltigeurs at Victoriaville Tigres – 7:00 pm EST
Shawinigan Cataractes at Blainville-Boisbriand Armada – 7:30 pm EST
Charlottetown Islanders at Gatineau Olympiques – 7:30 pm EST
Val-d’Or Foreurs at Rimouski Océanic – 7:30 pm EST
Saturday January 21st: 7 games
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at Drummondville Voltigeurs – 3:00 pm EST
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at Moncton Wildcats – 4:00 pm AST
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada at Gatineau Olympiques – 4:00 pm EST
Charlottetown Islanders at Sherbrooke Phoenix – 4:00 pm EST
Chicoutimi Saguenéens at Acadie-Bathurst Titan – 7:00 pm AST
Baie-Comeau Drakkar at Saint John Sea Dogs – 7:00 pm AST
Val-d’Or Foreurs at Québec Remparts – 7:00 pm EST
Sunday January 22nd: 6 games
Baie-Comeau Drakkar at Acadie-Bathurst Titan – 4:00 pm AST
Sherbrooke Phoenix at Blainville-Boisbriand Armada – 3:00 pm EST
Charlottetown Islanders at Drummondville Voltigeurs – 3:00 pm EST
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at Moncton Wildcats – 4:00 pm AST
Shawinigan Cataractes at Québec Remparts – 3:00 pm EST
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at Rimouski Océanic – 3:00 pm EST