Now into the last third of the season, QMJHL teams will need to double their efforts to get the best possible ranking in the standings. And Mathieu Corbeil is aiming at a few Sea Dogs records!
TEAMS IN FULL FLIGHT
- The Saint. John Sea Dogs – Since last night, they are back in the driver’s seat at the top of the general standings with 72 points, thanks to a 4th consecutive win.
- The Shawinigan Cataractes – they have only allowed 11 goals in their last 7 games! Nose to nose with the Sea Dogs in first place of the general standings 72 points in 49 games.
- The Victoriaville Tigres – Their sequence of 6 consecutives wins came to an abrupt end last Wednesday when they suffered a 6-0 loss to the Cataractes. It was only the 2nd time that they were held scoreless in this season.
- The Rimouski Océanic (56 points) – With 4 wins in its last 5 outings, the Océanic is a mere 2 points from 6th place held by Halifax (58).
- The Drummondville Voltigeurs – Recently, they are showing encouraging signs by picking up 5 points out of a possibility of 6.
IF THE PLAYOFFS WERE TO BEGIN TONIGHT
• 16 – is the number of teams that will be admitted to the real season on March 23rd. Only the team ending in the 17th spot of the general standings will be eliminated; at this point, the PEI Rocket is in that precarious position, 5 points back of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. http://is.gd/Y8eFLZ
• Division Champion – The team winning the division title is certain to be amongst the top three in the general standings for each of the playoff rounds.
• Interesting simulation – here are the pairings for the first QMJHL playoff round if it was to begin today: #1 vs. #16: Saint. John vs. Rouyn-Noranda | #2 vs. #15: Shawinigan vs. Cape Breton | #3 vs. #14: Blainville-Boisbriand vs. Drummondville | #4 vs. #13: Victoriaville vs. Val-d’Or | #5 vs. #12: Québec vs. Gatineau | #6 vs. #11: Halifax vs. Moncton | #7 vs. #10: Rimouski vs. Baie-Comeau | #8 vs. #9: Chicoutimi vs. Acadie-Bathurst.
- Stefan Fournier (VIC) – He picked up 6 points last Tuesday against Gatineau this becoming the 3rd Tigres’ player to have such a satisfying game on offense. At the beginning of the season, Yanni Gourde and Philippe Maillet treated themselves to a 7-point game with the « Felines »!
- Michaël Bournival (SHA) – Since his return from the World Junior Championship in January, he has registered a total of 12 points (6+6) in 7 games.
- Zach O’Brien (BAT) – He has already scored 10 goals in the first month of 2012.
- Morgan Ellis (SHA) – Since he has been acquired by the Cataractes, his « Plus-Minus » differential stands at +12 in 9 games.
- Kyke Morrisson (GAT) – The Olympiques’ forward has scored at least one goal in each of his last 5 games. Six of his 8 goals this season have been scored in January.
- Mathieu Corbeil (SNB) – Yesterday, he registered his 27th win thus equaling the record established by Jacob DeSerres less than a year ago. In this same game played 24 hours ago, in a 1-0 win, he got his 5th shutout of the season, erasing with this fact, the mark of DeSerres (4, 2010-11). http://is.gd/KRdE5m.
- Travis Rendall (HAL) – Last January 21st, he played his 200th consecutive game, a first for a Mooseheads’ player. In the QMJHL history, he is the 31st player to reach this plateau. Ben Duffy (PEI) is the active player with the longest sequence with 206 games and ranks 26th in the League. http://is.gd/eKQWgD.
- Brandon Whitney (VIC) – With his 19 wins, he is on the verge of equalling Daniel Manzato who holds the record of 20 wing for a rookie goaltender with the Tigers (2001-02). http://is.gd/mdxeyY.
- The Shawinigan Cataractes – They are threatening their own team record of 7 wins in which their opponents did not score (2000-01). They would tie the record if they succeed in totally neutralizing another opponent before the end of the regular schedule!
- André Tourigny (ROU) – He has notched his 300th win as a Coach in the QMJHL on January 22nd and is about to coach his 619th games with the « same team » – the Huskies; this coming Satur-day, he would climb in 2nd position in the League history and join Pascal Vincent (619). The ulti-mate record for the most games coached with the same team belongs to Denis Francoeur (Shaw-inigan | 656). http://is.gd/zh10MX
- Gabriel Girard (SHA) – With his 9th QMJHL career blanking last Wednesday against the Tigres, the Cataractes goaltender has taken the top spot amongst active goaltenders as Christopher Gibson (CHI, 8) and Louis Domingue (QUE, 7) have been relegated to the 2nd et 3rd ranks. http://is.gd/2GOnmk
A LITTLE HISTORY
- Sherbrooke 22, Shawinigan 4! – On January 29th at the Palais des Sports de Sherbrooke, the home Castors wrote a new QMJHL record for the most goals scored by one team in a game, record which still stands 34 years later. An unquestionable win with an 18-point spread over the Shawinigan Dy-namos. The Castors has scored 10 goals in the 3rd period, another League record which is now shared by five teams. http://is.gd/WZUwa4