BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, January 30th, 2017 – Tyler Boland, David Noël and Julio Billia were named today, the three stars of the week for the period from January 23rd to 29th, 2017.
Rimouski Océanic forward, Tyler Boland, was named the first star of the week. In three games last week, all won by the Océanic, he amassed an exceptional crop of 12 points with three goals and nine assists and concludes his work week with a +6 rating. Named the first star at the end of the encounter against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, he turned out to be one of the spark plugs that allowed his team to win 5-3 as they were trailing 3-1 before opening the scoring with his 35th goal of the campaign. He scored one goal and three assists in each of his games. This extraordinary week allowed Boland (83 points) to forge an 11-point lead over Maxime Fortier of the Halifax Mooseheads (72 points), leading the QMJHL in points.
David Noël of the Val-d’Or Foreurs, is the second star of the week. In two games at home, the rookie defensemen amassed five points, including three goals and ends his week with a +5 rating. He took part in his team’s victory in a 3-2 in overtime win Friday against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, with a helper on Mathieu Nadeau’s game-wining goal. Last Saturday, against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, he tallied a point in his fourth consecutive game with his first hat trick, equaling the QMJHL record for the most goals in a game by a rookie defensemen. He leads all rookie defensemen with seven goals and is third in points with 22.
The third star of the week is awarded to Chicoutimi Saguenéens goaltender, Julio Billia. In two games, the veteran goaltender earned a shutout victory and a shootout loss. In Shawinigan against the Cataractes last Friday, he notched a good performance of 65 minutes with 32 saves on 34 shots. He finally bows on the seventh shot in the shootout, yielding only once. Returning home Sunday against the Gatineau Olympiques, the 20-year-old athlete was flawless and obtained his 10th win of the season and his 75th in regular season, leading his team to a 4-0 shutout win with 34 saves, while being named the second star of the game.