Who will stop the Quebec Remparts? Even the Sea Dogs could not do it last Tuesday! In the Abitibi Region and after playing 28 consecutive games outside of the regular venue, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies finally played their first real home game yesterday in their revamped Iamgold arena.
TEAMS IN FULL FLIGHT
- The Remparts – 9 consecutive wins for Quebec, sharing the top rank of the general standings with Saint. John, each showing 43 points with the Quebecers having two games on hand over the New-Brunswick representatives! The team representing the “Old Capital” will attempt to win their 6th road game in a row tonight as it travels to Drummondville.
- The Wildcats - Before losing 7-2 last night in PEI, they had won their 8 previous games. Will they be ready to rebound on Sunday, a feat in itself as they will host the Halifax Mooseheads? So far this season, Danny Flynn’s players have had the best of the Mooseheads, winning 3 games out of 4.
- The Saguenéens - Having collected 7 points in 4 games, they will host the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday. Since the beginning of November, Chicoutimi has scored 20 goals, an average of 4 goals for each 60 minutes of play. Quite an upgrade of 1 more goal a game on average in comparison to the first two months of the season.
- The Olympiques - Despite an injury-riddled line-up and the loss of key elements such as Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Benoit Groulx’s gang is racking points in the standings as they have not lost in regulation time in their last 7 games (4-0-1-2).
- The Huskies - Quite proud of returning to their Iamgold home rink, they played their first game yesterday since major renovations have been completed. The offered quite a show and a proud opposition to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan to whom they fell 8-5. Since the beginning of the season, the Huskies « borrowed » the Jacques-Laperrière arena in Rouyn-Noranda for the home games where they won only 2 of their so called ‘home’ games. It should be noted that the Huskies will play 24 of their last 39 games of the 2011/12 season at home (62%).
- Mikhail Grigorenko (QUE) – The Russian Remparts forward is living through a dreamful November: 10 goals in 10 games for 18 points! Tonight in Drummondville, he will attempt to score in a 5th consecutive game.
- Zack Phillips (SNB) - His sequence of 17 games with at least one point is going on during which he collected 33 points, an average of almost 2 points per game.
- Yanni Gourde (VIC) - He needs a mere 2 points to reach the 50 point plateau. He is currently sharing the lead amongst scorers with Zach O’Brien and Sebastien Trudeau of the Titan.
- Philippe Maillet (VIC) - He is presently leading the League for the number of shots (115) taken on opposing goalies. This represents an average of 4.1 shots per game.
- Matej Beran (IPE) - The Czechoslovakian-born rookie who recently celebrated his 18th birthday, hold the 4th rank amongst rookies with 14 goals in 29 games. The 6’5’’ centre is averaging close to one point per game with 27.
- Charles Hudon (CHI) - He is on fire! Nine points in his last 4 games with at least 2 points in each outing. He is at the heart of the Saguenéens’ attack with 30 points, having participated in 37% of the 81 goals scored by his team in 2011/12, even though he has missed 4 games.
- David Rose (CAP) - Second rank within the Screaming Eagles team, it should be noted that 76% of his offensive production has occurred at even strength. Unfortunately, he saw his 8-game sequence with at least one point stopped by the Halifax Mooseheads in a 4-1 loss.
- The Sea Dogs – They have registered 12 consecutive wins at home! Therefore, today and tomorrow, they could equal and surpass their team record for the number of successive wins on home ice, the record having been established at 13 in the fall of 2009. http://is.gd/IpjkPp
- Patrick Roy (QUE) – On his way to a 7th consecutive season with a .500 average, the Remparts Head-Coach has seen his life-time percentage for wins in the QMJHL rise substantially thanks to the successes of his team this season. As of last Tuesday, his average stands at .651 which allows him to take over the 3rd rank held by Michel Bergeron (.650). On the other hand, the all-time record of .773 held by Maurice Filion will be a though plateau to reach. Michel Therrien (.707) holds the second rank. In order to be included in the ‘leader board’, a coach must has been behind the bench for a minimum of 175 games. http://is.gd/nB4U19
- Alex Saulnier (MON) – On his way to the 150 point plateau of 50 goals and 100 assists; his stats currently show 49 + 96 for 145 points. On the other hand, he has been blanked from the score sheet for the first time during the Wildcats last 10 games.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTOIRY
- Manon Rhéaume – On November 26th, 1991 at the Colisée in Trois-Rivières, she became the first woman to play a game in the QMJHL when she defended the Draveurs’ goal as they hosted the Granby Bisons. | It occurred halfway in the second period when the Draveurs’ Head-Coach, Gaston Drapeau, replaced his rookie goaltender Jocelyn Thibault with Miss Rhéaume. The Bisons’ top sniper, Philippe Boucher, wasted no time to test the Beauport-native female goaltender. His strong slapper from the blue line, a “missile” rocked the 19-year old newcomer. The execution and calibre of play being quite higher than what she had encountered in Tier-2 Junior with the Louiseville Jaguars forced Manon Rhéaume to leave the game after she was hit by a shot squarely in her Cooper mask and caused her to be cut close to an eye. | Results of that historical evening: 3 goals allowed in 17 minutes and an award of the 3rd star of the game in a 10-6 loss by the Draveurs. | Just a few months later, it is through the Canadian National Team that her talent was fully appreciated where she helped the NT to the gold medal of the World Championships. After taking part in a pre-season game with the Tampa Bay Lightning in September 1992, she signed a 3-year professional contract with the Atlanta Knights of the International League. Tomorrow will mark the 20th anniversary of the day on which Manon Rhéaume’s life turned around as she became, in her own way, a pioneer, an international personality who all media wanted to interview. One can relive all of this through a very good report that is archived on the Radio-Canada Website. http://is.gd/X7v2Uw