Week in the Q: Marching into the final stretch
The QMJHL Telus three stars for the month of February were announced Tuesday as the Saguenéens' Guillaume Asselin took home the top honours, boasting a points-to-games-played ratio of just under 2:1 in the eleven games Chicoutimi played over the course of the month. Meanwhile, Voltigeurs' blueliner Jean-Philippe Mathieu is the second star as he totaled four goals, eight assists in ten games to add to his overall total of 45 points, good for fifth among defensemen leaguewide. PEI's Evan Mosher is the month's third star after maintaining a save percentage of .931 along with a 2.28 goals against average through the month of February, where he was also 5-2 and only surrendered goals 18 times on 260 shots.
Guillaume Asselin, first star of February. Photo: QMJHL
Last week's action featured the second place Montreal Juniors taking on the Moncton Wildcats in Sportsnet/RDS' CHL game of the week on Sunday night. Viktor Hertzberg and Jérémy Gouchie scored in the shootout as Montreal found themselves up 3-1 and 5-3 only to have the game tied up twice and pushed to extra time before finally prevailing in the end, 6-5. Hertzberg also scored on a penalty shot and was awarded second star of the game--beat out by Montreal Canadiens' prospect Louis Leblanc, who put up a hat trick for his night's performance.
It's a packed schedule from here until about mid-March before the playoff picture finalizes itself, with games happening every day this week. The action begins tonight and closes out with another featured televised matchup, this time between Quebec and Drummondville.
Tuesday, March 1st
HAL @ MON 6:00 p.m. EST
Halifax has lost three straight, managing just one goal or less leading all the way back to a 3-5 loss against Drummondville on February 13th. However, despite Moncton scoring 5 goals or more in their last four, their differential is -18. Alex Saulnier has piled on the points as of late with his total now standing at 80, whereas brother Allain has 69.
QUE @ ROU 7:30 p.m. EST
Quebec lost their handle on third place in the league to Drummondville on Sunday, and are 5-4-0-1 in their last ten. Rouyn-Noranda seems to have settled into the basement of the league as they continue to search for their tenth win of the season. Their last win was in overtime against Gatineau...on January 29th.
Wednesday, March 2nd
CAP @ PEI 6:00 p.m. EST
In addition to snagging the third star of the month, netminder Evan Mosher has logged the most minutes out of any goaltender in the Q, going up and down the roller coaster with the Rocket, who won their last game against these same Eagles by a count of 5-1. They'll undergo the rematch on home soil as Cape Breton looks to build on just their second win in their last ten games.
SHA @ DRU 7:00 p.m. EST
An old rivalry renewed as Volts' captain Marc-Olivier Vachon recently said (in not so many words) that he leads a team whose trademark has been ruining Shawinigan's fun the last few years. Even if he's been out since February 17th with a facial fracture, the Cataractes will certainly be pumped for this one as they've lost four in a row. Drummondville pulled another cardiac win on Sunday, erasing a 4-0 deficit against Lewiston to take the game 5-4 in overtime.
VIC @ GAT 7:30 p.m. EST
Ex-Tigre Philip-Michaël Devos was (not shockingly) the first player in the league to hit 100 points this season, doing so in a 6-1 win over the Huskies. Captain Hubert Labrie, having only recently returned to action from a season-long absence with a right knee injury, scored two goals in that same contest. He totals 3 goals and 1 assist since his return whereas Philippe Maillet leads the charge for Victoriaville with 65 points, including 29 goals, in 60 contests.
QUE @ VDO 7:30 p.m. EST
Val-d'Or is the last team in the standings with a hold on a playoff spot. Bathurst beat them 8-3 in their last outing as leading scorer Jonathan Hazen still managed to add a goal and an assist to his points' total of 73 in 55 games in a losing cause.
Thursday, March 3rd
LEW @ HAL 6:00 p.m. EST
The most penalized team in the league, still no doubt angered by how things went against Drummondville on Sunday, looks to catch up to the Cataractes with leading scorers Étienne Brodeur (most goals in the league with 47) and Michael Chaput (acquired by Columbus in the Tom Sestito deal this week) in tow.
Friday, March 5th
LEW @ PEI 6:00 p.m. EST
CAP @ BAT 6:30 p.m. EST
Fifth-place Bathurst's sweep of the Abitibi series this weekend allowed the Titan to get within four points of the Quebec Remparts. Gabriel Lévesque is also within 5 points of Philip-Michaël Devos for the league lead in points.
MON @ SNB 6:30 p.m. EST
Another Cats vs. Dogs tilt promises to be a fun one as the last game had Moncton well on their way to avenging an 11-2 score before Tomas Jurco and Stanislav Galiev teamed up to bring the game to extra time. There, Jurco and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the shootout as Steve Gleeson had stopped 37 of 39 shots beforehand.
VIC @ BAC 7:30 p.m. EST
Baie Comeau's last win was at the hands of the PEI Rocket by a score of 7-4. Since then (February 19th) they have mustered very little offense (four goals).
CHI @ RIM 7:30 p.m. EST
New coach Guy Carbonneau is 5-1-1 since his return behind the bench. Christopher Gibson also leads all goaltenders in the circuit with a 2.05 GAA and a .931 save percentage. Four of his 14 wins are shutouts.
GAT @ ROU 7:30 p.m. EST
DRU @ SHA 7:30 p.m. EST
Saturday, March 5th
VIC @ BAC 4:00 p.m. EST
MON @ BAT 6:00 p.m. EST
LEW @ PEI 6:00 p.m. EST
CAP @ SNB 6:00 p.m. EST
GAT @ VDO 7:00 p.m. EST
MTL @ ROU 7:30 p.m. EST
Sunday, March 6th
CHI @ SHA 4:00 p.m. EST
MTL @ VDO 4:00 p.m. EST
QUE @ DRU 7:00 p.m. EST