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'Q' drops two against Russia

It was not under the most ideal of circumstances that the QMJHL All-Stars undertook the 2010 Subway Super Series rematch against Team Russia on Wednesday night. Game #1 saw the Russians capitalize on their chances during a hard-fought third period to come out on top of the 5-4 score. Unfortunately, the representatives of the 'Q' did not fare much better at Drummondville's Centre Marcel Dionne, as they were this time on the wrong end of a 4-3 final. Much like the first game, Team QMJHL would begin with the lead only to see the game tied again later. Midway into the second period, the Russians scored to make it 3-2 and held their first lead of the game. Phoenix Coyotes' first rounder Br...

Mooseheads shuffle the deck, SUBWAY® Super Series roster announced

In an interesting move this Monday morning, the Halifax Mooseheads announced a couple of changes behind the bench: owner Bobby Smith will take on the head-coaching duties while Cam Russell, who up until this point had been head-coach and general manager, will move to assistant defensive coach, while maintaining his duties as GM. Russell has been with the organization since the 1999-2000 season, having taken over the head-coaching position before the onset of the 2006-2007 season. Bobby Smith's first game in his new role will take place tomorrow night, when the Mooseheads take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Meanwhile, the CHL in conjunction with the QMJHL and the Saint John Sea Dogs' ...

Weekend Q Preview

For those who might not find NHL action sufficient tonight (less than half the teams are in action, what's up with that) here's a little look at what's going on in the QMJHL: Rimouski @ Cape Breton, 6 PM ET The Oceanic is in the midst of an Eastern swing that has not been in their favour thus far. They've dropped their last two games, against Halifax and Saint John respectively. Cape Breton is the third of four opponents, the last one being Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday, that Rimouski faces on this roadtrip. Meanwhile, tonight they face a Screaming Eagles' squad that is at the bottom of the Maritime Division, with a 4-8-0-1 record and a paltry 26 goals scored within that campaign. Capt...

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. Sue me for the cellphone quality, but at least you won't sue me for taki...

Cataractes spoil Juniors' (and Leblanc's) debut

The 3400+ fans at Verdun Auditorium were ready. Tickets, clackers, Louis Leblanc t-shirts in hand...to say there was much hype going into the Montreal Juniors' home opener is quite a bit of an understatement. Despite the final score of 5-4 in favour of their opponents, the 7th-ranked team in the CHL this week did not exactly disappoint. Defensive liabilities cost them the first period, but they were persistent enough to climb back to a one-goal difference and fight towards the finish with that small margin. With a lineup depleted by 4 departures to NHL training camps, the Juniors were hard pressed to find the right chemistry on the front and back ends. Like any opener, however, this o...

QMJHL playoffs underway

I would definitely have bored you with this subject earlier, but the playoffs is the time of year that piques the most interest among followers so I've tried to give myself more hope. Plus, I like to think my game previews (at Hab It Her Way) are rather efficient in giving you the whole What You Need to Know with side bonus details sprinkled in over top. I will attempt, but by no means promise, to be equally brief here.

The format used in the Q is new to even me, but each division forms seeds and plays within itself before merging onto a single scene and playing much like the conferences in the NHL do. In other words: West Telus: Rouyn (1) vs. Val D'Or (4) (hey, that'll be pretty ...