This weekend in the QMJHL the action will be focused on tonight and tomorrow, since all players are off on Sunday, because of the Super Bowl. In the following lines, learn who our top scorers are, in terms of yield per game: Mantha, Jaskin … or “Grigo”?? We also tour the League to find the most effective centres during faceoffs.
TEAMS AT FULL THROTTLE
- Moncton – the club of the hour with 8 consecutive wins, the Wildcats are beginning to see their own team record of 14 (2005-06). This team will play five of its next seven games on the road, visiting Shawinigan today and Drummondville tomorrow.
- Rimouski – another unshakable team these days. The Oceanic (71 points) will be looking for a ninth straight win tonight against the Val-d’Or Foreurs. The powerplay of the Oceanic is gaining speed since January 1st, showing an efficiency of 34.1%, which boosted to 22% the success rate of the team in powerplay this season .
- Halifax – the Mooseheads reached 40 wins by inflicting a 7-0 setback to Chicoutimi. They also earned a 20th game with a difference of 4 or more goals: dominating!
- Val-d’Or – the Foreurs want to be taken seriously in the Telus West division. They just won 7 of their last 10 games, including their last 3. With 55 points in the standings, the men of Mario Durocher are rapidly reaching Drummondville (56), Rouyn-Noranda (59) and the leaders of the same division, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (62).
- Baie-Comeau – the Drakkar will attempt, on Wednesday against the Bathurst Titan, to continue its active streak of eight consecutive victories abroad, a team record. They have not lost on the road since Dec. 7th in Chicoutimi …
- Mikhail Grigorenko (QUE) – The new player of the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) will have kept, so far this season in the QMJHL, the best average of goals scored per game (0.91). He will have scored 29 times in 32 games with the Remparts.
- Dmitrij Jaskin (MON) – among active players in the League, he is the one who seems to scare the most goaltenders with his goal average of 0.9 per game, he who just scored 12 goals in 8 games in January … with every game he’s getting closer to rank 1st among scorers in the League with 75 points, 2 away from joining the co-leaders Josh Currie and Ben Duffy from the Rocket (77).
- Anthony Mantha (VDO) – he has been the first to score 40 goals this season; with his goal average goal per game (0.83) he comes in third place, ahead of Josh Currie (PEI | 0.81), Petr Straka (BAC | 0.79) and Jonathan Drouin (HAL | 0.77)
- Felix Girard (BAC) – is the best candidate to win a faceoff this season, showing an efficiency of 62.5%. One other centre shows a percentage higher than 60% in the QMJHL, Lukas Sedlak (CHI | 60,4%).
- Alex Saulnier (MON) – The veteran centre is one that has won the most faceoffs with 742, and he also appears as the one who took the most, 1301. Even with an excellent production of 61 points, he ranks 3rd behind his Wildcats teammate Jaskin (75) and his twin brother Allain (65).
- Robin Gusse (RIM) – he is almost flawless these days! Since joining the Oceanic at the beginning of January, the 19 year-old-goaltender has won 5 times, without experiencing any setbacks, while maintaining a goals against average of 2.13 and a save percentage of .915. He enjoys more ice time since his teammate Philippe Desrosiers was injured on Jan. 20th against the Titan.
- Patrick McGrath (PEI) – has the Rocket robust forward changed his style of play?!? Yesterday evening, he is on the score sheet in the column … goals, for the first time since he joinned the QMJHL and during his 59th game! Previously, his name appeared in the penalty column more than once, he who leads all players in the League with 149 penalty minutes in 2012-13.
- Valentin Zykov (BAC) – now with a record of 32 goals, 30 assists and 62 points, three rookie records from the Drakkar are within reach: POINTS (70, Benoit Mondou, 2011-02) | GOALS already equaled (32, Louis-Philippe Martin, 2001-02) | ASSISTS: (45, Benoit Mondou, 2001-02).
- Eric Charron (QMJHL) – a few days ago, this on ice official became the record holder for the most games officiated during the regular season, in career in the QMJHL. With 985 games on the ice, he just got ahead of his good friend and former linesman Serge Carpentier (983). The record, his 984th game, happened on February 25th during a game against Rimouski in Gatineau. http://184.108.40.206/xsl/records/book/index2.php?rep=V&file_id=LLHJMQSRPARPPA1OGVIE&lang=fr
- Jonathan Drouin (HAL) – participated in scoring in each of his last 13 games, scoring 26 points during this fruitful period.
- Cedrick Paquette (BLB) & Alex Saulnier (MON) – both know a sequence of seven consecutive games with at least one assist.
- Philippe Cadorette (BAC) – his last 11 decisions were victories for the Drakkar’s 17-year-old goaltender. This is the second time this season that he recorded such a long successful sequence.
- Yanick Jean (VIC) – it will be his 500th game tonight when the Tigres visit the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. So he joins an exclusive club as he become the 23rd in the history of the League to lead 500 games of a QMJHL team.http://220.127.116.11/xsl/records/book/index2.php?rep=V&file_id=LLHJMQSRPARPPAVIEDEQ&lang=fr
- Alex Dubeau (MON) – the 18-year-old goaltender could play, this Friday night at the Centre Bionest, his 100th game in career in the QMJHL, against his former team, the Shawinigan Cataractes. He already has 60 wins including 9 shutouts in three seasons in the QMJHL.
- Eric Lévesque (RIM) – it is rare that we publicly mention the name of a staff member to support a team, but we must honor the work of the Oceanic sports therapist tonight, for his 1500th game with the Rimouski organization. Longevity, loyalty, professionalism, congratulations to him who made his debut in the League in August 1995!
A LITTLE HISTORY
- No less than 33 points to 3 players! – February 5, 1971 at the Colisée in Québec, the trio of Guy Lafleur, Michel Brière and André Savard made the crowd go wild during an easy win against the Remparts 14-1 against Rosemont. Savard was the most opportunistic with 12 points, which is still considered the QMJHL record today, beating the goaltender 3 times while being credited with 9 assists. On the other hand, the most spectacular was Guy Lafleur with 7 goals, which was another mark in the league that will beaten 8 years later only by Normand Aubin (8), and added 4 assists to his record sheet for 11 points . Finally, Brière made a contribution almost as impressive as his teammates with 10 points including 3 goals. See the summary of this game: http://18.104.22.168/lang_fr/index.php?page=342374&id_partie=3002