Tidbits Around the Q
The QMJHL has announced this weeks Telus Players of the Week. Matthew Pistilli of the Shawinigan Cataractes had six goals and four assists in three games this past week. His teammate Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll also had a big week. He also had ten points and was also considered for the award.
So far the Cataractes have scored 78 goals this season which is first in the league. Out of the contenders, Rimouski has 47 goals scored, Quebec has 48, and Saint John has 44. You would think the goals would be higher for these teams. Moncton has 52 goals, Drummondville has 58, Victoriaville also has 58, and Cape Breton has 61 goals. Offense has proven to win games in the regular season as every team except for Victoriaville is either first or second their division.
In the playoffs, it’s how many you stop that matters. The Wildcats and the Remparts are leading the way. Nicola Riopel is not on the same plant as everyone else. He has a 10-0-1 record with a 1.53 goals against average and a .943 save percentage. I thought the Remparts would struggle in net but they have only allowed 28 goals in 12 games. Charles Lavigne is 7-1 with a 2.55 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. Even Jonathan Roy has been solid. He’s 4-0 with a 1.75 goals against average and a .941 save percentage. Which team will keep this pace up? Which team will fall back down to reality?
Speaking of defense, Simon Lacroix of the Shawinigan Cataractes was named the Defensive Player of the Week. He had nine points including four goals in three contests. He also maintained a +4. Timo Pielmeier his teammate was also considered.
The Drummondville Voltigeurs continue to add talent. The Gatineau Olympiques sent twenty-year-old defenseman Patrick Prokop to Drummondville. In return, Gatineau receives a sixth round pick in 2009 and a third round selection in 2010. Prokop hasn’t played yet this season.
The Saint John Sea Dogs have signed left winger Alexei Dostoinov who was just was released by the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League last week.
Stephen Horyl, Lewiston’s eighth round pick in 2007 has been named to Team Canada East’s roster for the World Junior “A” Challenge that will be held in Camrose, Alberta. That tournament will be held from November 2nd-November 8th. He didn’t participate in training camp this year. With the Truro Bearcats this season, he has nine goals and ten assists. Pierre-Luc Lacombe is also named to the team. He was a 2006 12th round selection of the Val d’Or Foreurs. Jordan Escott a sixth round selection of the Prince Edward Island Rocket was also named to the team.
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