Weekend Q Roundup: After 2 games...


Zack Phillips of the Saint John Sea Dogs. Photo: QMJHL

This weekend, postseason action kicked off in the QMJHL. Here's a look at how everyone is shaping up:

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs vs. (16) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles: Saint John leads 2-0

The Eagles did manage to squeeze one goal behind netminder Jacob DeSerres in two games, which is just about the only bright side until one takes into account the goals-against factor that stands at a whopping 17. The Sea Dogs went 6/9 on the power play on Friday night, where 27 points were tallied in a spirited affair that saw 30 penalties in total. Zack Phillips was a big contributor in both games, tallying 4 goals and 4 assists, whereas 2011-eligible Jonathan Huberdeau had 3 goals, 5 assists and Nathan Beaulieu picked up 5 assists. Olivier Jodoin was the lone scorer for the Screaming Eagles. Saint John also totaled 90 shots on goal over the two contests. Sea Dogs' rearguard Danick Gauthier served a one-game suspension for a dangerous bodycheck and is scheduled to return for Game 3.

Next game: Tuesday, March 29th, 6:00 p.m. EST

(2) Montreal Juniors vs. (15) Halifax Mooseheads: Montreal leads 2-0

The Juniors did not make as much of an efficient use of their power play as Saint John did in Game 1, going 0/6 in a 5-3 win over the Moose. Konrad Abeltshauser scored two goals in his team's cause, both assisted by 16 year old Martin Frk, who was -4 in his playoff debut. Captain Nicolas Chouinard scored a goal and added two helpers in the opener, adding another two points Game 2. Montreal took that one by the count of 6-0, with Jean-François Bérubé making 31 saves in the shutout. Juniors forward David Rose, who scored the opening goal in Game 2, took a shot off the heel that resulted in him leaving the game, while Martin Frk also headed to the dressing room early. Blueliner Xavier Ouellet, also eligible to be selected in this year's NHL Entry Draft, is +6 in playoff action so far.

Next game: Tuesday, March 29th, 6:00 p.m. EST

(3) Québec Remparts vs. (14) Val-d'Or Foreurs: Québec leads 2-0

The Foreurs made it interesting for the Remparts after finding out that their leading scorer, Jonathan Hazen, would be suspended three games after hitting Remps' captain Mikaël Tam from behind late in the first period of a 7-2 win for the home squad in their playoff opener. Game 2 featured Val-d'Or storming into the second period by claiming the lead, then holding Quebec to a tie of 2-2, before finally falling 6-4. Overage forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault has four goals and three assists as top contributor for the Remparts while right winger Alexandre Carrier has a goal and two assists for the Foreurs.

Next game: Tuesday, March 29th, 7:30 p.m. EST

(4) Drummondville Voltigeurs vs. (13) Chicoutimi Saguenéens: Drummondville leads 2-0

Guy Carbonneau's losing streak is now at 9 as his Saguenéens are also down 2-0 in their best-of-seven series against Mario Duhamel's Voltigeurs. Game 1 was won by a score of 4-3, as Drummondville opened with three goals only to see their lead cut down to one not once, but twice for a tense finish. Things were much more one-sided in Game 2, as the Volts only briefly allowed a 1-1 tie before exploding for five more goals. An unlikely force in these games has been rookie Maxime Villemaire, who had six goals all year and now already has half that total over two playoff games. Czech sniper Ondrej Palat has two goals, two assists while top-10 forecasted draft pick Sean Couturier has one goal, two assists. Sags' netminder Christopher Gibson has been peppered with 79 shots thus far, making 69 saves.

Next game: Tuesday, March 29th, 7:30 p.m. EST

(5) Gatineau Olympiques vs. (12) Rimouski Océanic: Gatineau leads 2-0

This series is one of two that has seen extra time. Gatineau blew Rimouski out of the water on Friday night, 6-0, and were well on their way to shutting them out again 2-0 before Gleason Fournier and Jarred Struthers each got their team on the board and forced the game into overtime. There, Tye McGinn would score his second of the playoffs just 2:05 into the extra period to give his Olympiques a 2-0 series lead. He has four points thus far, closely followed by Jean-Gabriel Pageau who has three. In disciplinary news, Étienne Boutet is to serve one more game for a dangerous bodycheck and the same is true for Tommy Tremblay, who slew-footed an opponent.

Next game: Tuesday, March 29th, 7:30 p.m. EST

(6) Acadie-Bathurst Titan vs. (11) Victoriaville Tigres: Victoriaville leads 2-0

Finally, a lower seed stirring the pot. Finishing their weekend with 7-4 and 5-1 scores are the Victoriaville Tigres, whose goaltender David Honzik has faced 72 shots thus far and only succumbed to five. Ten different players got on the board for the Tigres on Friday, including Philippe Maillet, who has gone for a combined 2-4-6 with a +5 rating. Titan top scorer Gabriel Lévesque, who finished 7 points behind scoring champion Philip-Michaël Devos in the regular season, is 1-2-3 in a losing cause for the Acadie-Bathurst squad.

Next game: Monday, March 28th, 7:00 p.m. EST

(7) Shawinigan Cataractes vs. (10) PEI Rocket: Tied at 1

After some officiating controversy following a 2-1 overtime loss against the Cataractes on Friday night, PEI picked it up to beat Shawinigan 4-2 the following evening with another stellar performance between the pipes by Evan Mosher. Detroit Red Wings draft pick Andrej Nestrasil picked up a goal and an assist in the win, bringing his playoffs points total to three, whereas Anton Zlobin continued his strong play for the other side with a goal in each game. Game 2 was a little chippier than Game 1 and featured almost exclusively roughing penalties by both sides. Philippe Paradis has not made his way to the stat-sheet yet, minus a charging call, whereas his trade counterpart Benjamin Casavant has a goal and assist to his record.

Next game: Tuesday, March 29th, 6:00 p.m. EST

(8 ) Lewiston MAINEiacs vs. (9) Moncton Wildcats: Tied at 1

In what is another close series in terms of seed and offense, Moncton has scored only two goals more than their counterparts, as Lewiston avenged a Friday night 4-1 opener with a 2-1 win over the Wildcats on Saturday. They allowed only 18 shots in that game as Allain Saulnier remains the only player with more than one goal to his record between the two teams. Michael Chaput is the only MAINEiacs player with more than one point. Kirill Kabanov, in facing his former team, has taken three penalties thus far, none of which were capitalized on by Moncton. Both teams also faced disciplinary action this weekend, as MAINEiacs forward Antoine Houde-Caron is suspended for two more games, while Ian Saab and Wildcats winger Marek Hrivik were both suspended one game.

Next game: Tuesday, March 29th, 6:00 p.m. EST

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The Harbour Station and Centre Marcel Dionne were also welcomers of some hardware on Friday, as the Saint John Sea Dogs were awarded the Jean-Rougeau Trophy as champions of the QMJHL regular season, as well as the Luc-Robitaille Trophy for having been with the team with the most goals scored during the regular season and the Robert-Lebel Trophy for allowing the lowest total of goals during the regular season. Meanwhile, the best defensive defenseman of the year (Kevin-Lowe Trophy) was Drummondville Voltigeurs' blueliner Andrew Randazzo, and 16 year old netminder Domenic Graham was rewarded with the Raymond-Lagacé Trophy as the defensive rookie of the year.

2 Comments

George Prax's picture

Um... 5 suspensions with only two games played? What the hell?

czechtacular's picture

Seven Wink
And lord knows. But they're really coming down hard this postseason. I don't suspect they'll be the last.