Weekend Q Roundup
With several lineups depleted due to the onset of NHL camps, this weekend had its share of encountered difficulties.
Case in point: the Montreal Juniors, with 6 regulars out, had two chances to win with its "B team" but couldn't close out the game without some rude jerk from the other side scoring a tying goal, followed by some other jerk with the winning goal in overtime. Yesterday's jerks were Marc-Olivier Vachon and Sean Couturier of the Voltigeurs, whereas on Friday with just 14 skaters in the lineup, Rimouski's Alex Émond took matters into his own hands, capping off that victory with his hat trick goal.
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Another dressing room one would not want to be in this weekend was Lewiston (3-12 against Quebec on Friday and 4-5 against Chicoutimi on Saturday). They are also currently minus several notables: goaltender Nicolas Champion, Pierre Olivier Morin, Samuel Finn, Samuel Carrier and Michael Chaput.
On the flipside of things, Drummondville and Saint John both remained undefeated, the latter posting a differential of 23 to 8 in the goals category. The Quebec Remparts also have yet to be beaten in regulation time and have allowed just 7 goals in four meetings.
Players honoured this week were Remparts' forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Olympiques' blueliner Hugo Laporte and left-winger Brent Andrews of the Mooseheads. Cap-Rouge native Audy-Marchessault was a prime benefactor of that 12-3 blowout against the MAINEiacs (2 goals, 5 assists). For his part, the veteran defenseman Laporte put up a +2 and three assists against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Friday night and finished his weekend with a total of one goal and four assists. Meanwhile, Andrews scored four goals against the Titan in a game that finished 9-3 and added one more in a losing cause against the Sea Dogs.
Key matchup this week: Saint John arrives at the Verdun Auditorium on Friday night to take on the Juniors (7:05 p.m.). It remains to be seen which returning members will make their way back into each lineup, however, 2011-eligible Jonathan Huberdeau and Xavier Ouellet will be sure to attract a lot of attention. The St-Jérôme born centre Huberdeau has 9 points in 4 games and is already +11 while defenseman Ouellet has racked up 4 points in 4 games for the Juniors.