Weekend Q Preview - What To Do With A Martel-less Q?
The QMJHL finds itself without its winningest coach this weekend, as the Chicoutimi Saguenéens' Richard Martel lost his job on Wednesday after eight years with the team and an overall record of 589-516-66. The Saguenay franchise had lost six of its last eight and currently sits at 13th place in the league. Under interim bench boss Marc-Étienne Hubert, however, Chicoutimi has won their last two, including a 5-3 decision against the Rimouski Océanic. They next take on the Victoriaville Tigres in front of their home crowd on Saturday afternoon.
I would be remiss if I didn't point out moments like this that once occurred behind the Chicoutimi bench, however.
The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies began their weekend on Thursday with a 3-2 shootout loss against the Saguenéens as they erased a two-goal lead in the third period to snag an extra point for their record. They now head into Baie-Comeau for two games against the Drakkar on Friday night and Saturday afternoon respectively. Baie-Comeau is coming off their sixth loss in a row as the two teams have traded places at the bottom of the standings.
Winners of four straight are the Lewiston MAINEiacs, who look to add to that streak on Saturday evening against Cape Breton. The Eagles are 3-7 in their last ten games and most recently took an 8-0 walloping courtesy of Shawinigan. Equally-embarrassed Victoriaville (thanks to a Wednesday night 10-0 loss against the Quebec Remparts) are their next opponents on Friday. Meanwhile, Friday also features the Montreal Juniors' only game on tap this weekend as they go head-to-head with those same Remparts at the Colisée Pepsi. The Drummondville Voltigeurs will continue on their current Eastern swing as they look to rebound from a 5-2 loss against the Halifax Mooseheads on Wednesday, first with a date with the PEI Rocket on Friday, followed up by a visit to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Saturday.
DRU @ PEI 6:00 p.m. EST
SNB @ MON 6:30 p.m. EST
Saint John maintains their stranglehold on the first spot of the CHL top ten with only one (overtime) loss in their last fourteen games. Moncton last saw action last Saturday against the Mooseheads in which they won 4-3.
MTL @ QUE 7:00 p.m. EST
David Rose had a hat trick in a 6-1 win against the Eagles on Sunday, bringing his points' total to 43. Quebec sits at the top of the Telus East division, second in the league overall, with a record of 37-11-1-2.
GAT @ SHA 7:30 p.m. EST
Olympiques' forward Philip-Michaël Devos has 86 points in 51 games as he holds a ten-point advantage over Gabriel Lévesque of the Titan for tops in the league. Shawinigan's Benjamin Casavant and Ryan Kavanagh each scored two goals in the 8-0 rout over the Eagles.
ROU @ BAC 7:30 p.m. EST
RIM @ VDO 7:30 p.m. EST
Rimouski has been on the wrong end of their last four decisions. Val d'Or's Jonathan Hazen is 30-32-62 in just 44 games.
CAP @ VIC 8:00 p.m. EST
ROU @ BAC 4:00 p.m. EST
VIC @ CHI 4:00 p.m. EST
Chicoutimi's Guillaume Asselin has scored goals in each of his last four contests. Victoriaville has maintained a win-loss, win-loss pattern since mid-January. The losses have all been by three goals or more.
DRU @ BAT 6:00 p.m. EST
Bathurst is 0-3-1-0 in their last four but had won 6 games previous to that. Sean Couturier had 19 points in 9 games in January and was honoured with the first star of the month.
SNB @ HAL 6:00 p.m. EST
PEI @ MON 6:00 p.m. EST
Ben Duffy was 2-1-3 and +3 in Thursday night's win over the Titan. Moncton's Alex and Allain Saulnier have combined for 121 points in 50 games each.
RIM @ VDO 7:00 p.m. EST
CAP @ LEW 7:00 p.m. EST
Cape Breton's last win was a 2-0 shutout against the Montreal Junior last Saturday. The MAINEiacs' Étienne Brodeur is the first and only player to reach 40 goals in the league thus far.
GAT @ QUE 7:00 p.m. EST
Gatineau was not able to secure a win in their Abitibi roadtrip last weekend, but did manage a point in both contests. They are still fighting for ground in the Telus West with Drummondville.