Last Tuesday, the Saint. John Sea Dogs confirmed their championship in the Maritimes Division. On the other hand, the Quebec Remparts’ special units are really ‘fine tuned’!
TEAMS IN FULL FLIGHT
- The Saint John Sea Dogs – They have won their last 15 games. Should they continue their winning streak until the end of the regular season, they would equal their team record of 22 wins in a row (2009-10). By winning over Moncton on Tuesday, they confirmed their 3rd consecutive divisional championship. They are now aiming at a 3rd consecutive regular season League championship, which would be a first in the QMJHL history.
- The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada – It needs a single point to win the championship of the ‘TELUS West’ division. Under the helm of Jean-François Houle, the team will travel to face Baie-Comeau tonight. http://is.gd/l3Mr1g.
- The Val-d’Or Foreurs – They have won their last 4 games. Tonight, they will have quite a challenge in Victoriaville as they have not beaten the Tigres in 3 attempts this season.
- The Shawinigan Cataractes – The team’s goals against average (2.43) places them 1st in this category, ahead of the Sea Dogs (2.60) and the Remparts (2.77). This average which excludes all shootout goals will result in the award of the Robert-Lebel Trophy to the team with the best average.
- The Quebec Remparts – A rare phenomenon and a feat in itself, their efficiency on the power play (27.3%) and on the penalty kill (85.2%) are the best of the QMJHL! The representatives of the « Old Capital » celebrated a win in each of their last 5 outings.
- Gabriel Girard (SHA) and Mathieu Corbeil (SNB) – Both goaltenders are nose-to-nose in the goals against average (2.30). They are fighting to the end to win the Jacques-Plante Trophy.
- Jean-Philippe Mathieu (RIM) – The new Rimouski Captain built himself an eloquent file since joining the Océanic in January: 17 points in 16 games with a +12 differential.
- Anthony Mantha (VDO) – This rookie forward with the Foreurs has really come forward since January 13th, gathering 27 points in 19 games! He is currently in a seven game sequence with at least one goal, the team record being held by Jean-François Dumont at 13 (1997-98). http://is.gd/mim2wi
- Zach O’Brien (BAT) – He trails the League’s leading scorer, Yanni Gourde (105) by 9 points. He needs only one goal to become the first players to score 50 goals this season. http://is.gd/N6kElw
- Zachary Fucale (HAL) – Last Wednesday, he entered his name in the QMJHL record book. As a rookie, he signed his 28th win of the season thus overshadowing the record for a 16-year old rookie (27, Olivier Roy, 2007-08). The absolute record for a rookie is 37 and was established in another era by Richard Sévigny (Sherbrooke, 1975-76) and Tony Haladuick (Laval, 1982-83) http://is.gd/YdKDeB.
- Ben Duffy (PEI) – Facing Saint. John tonight, he should play his 259th game in the Courteau League and would beat the record for the most games with the PEI Rocket held by Jordan Southron (258). http://is.gd/cB4Unp
- Jonathan Huberdeau (SNB) – He needs only one point to reach the magical number of 200 in his QMJHL career, although he has only played 158 games in 3 seasons.
IN THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
- Sean Couturier (former-Voltigeur) – Barely 19 years old, he already plays an important role with the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL). His offensive production of 21 points (10 goals) after 57 games is more than satisfactory while his +15 differential ranks him 3rd amongst rookies in the Bettman League.
A LITTLE HISTORY
- Daniel Corso (VIC) – On February 14th and 15th, 1997, the Victoriaville Tigres trounce the Moncton Wildcats with two consecutive wins of 10-0 and 10-1. And the offensive leader at that time, Daniel Corso, registers 17 points in 2 games! The 9 points recorder in the 2nd game allowed him to match the team record held by Daniel Gauthier. In each these two games, Corso’s +8 differential was absolutely astonishing because, since the 1994-95 QMJHL season, such a « +8 » differential in a single game occurred on only 6 occasions!