Quite a program tonight with 9 games being played in the QMJHL. Who will stop the Halifax Mooseheads who seem to be invincible since the start of the season? The pack of Huskies has been terrifying these days as their attack reveals itself! And the Shawinigan Cataractes will honour Sergio Momesso on Sunday as they retire his famous #9 jersey.
TEAMS AT FULL THROTTLE
- Halifax – The Mooseheads won their last 8 games and will play against the Sherbrooke Phoenix tonight. A 9th consecutive victory would be their 2nd longest winning streak in the team’s history, while their record is 15 (1998-99)
- Québec – Patrick Roy’s team only conceded 19 goals in 10 games (they rank 1st for defense). And the Remparts striked again during powerplay this season; the yield is 33% for the team of former NHLer #33.
- Rouyn-Noranda – During their last 4 games on the road, they won 7 points, mainly thanks to the 19 goals scored during the period. They currently occupy the 1st rank of the Telus West division tied with Blainville-Boisbriand (17 points). The Huskies and their spectacular offensive will play in front of their fans tonight against the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
- Chicoutimi – The Saguenéens won their last 3 games and will receive the Saint John Sea Dogs tonight at Centre Georges-Vézina.
- Blainville-Boisbriand – the Armada’s of head-coach Jean-François Houle offers the best shorthanded unit with 89.1% efficency. The Armada will visit the Baie-Comeau Drakkar tonight, another team which excels in this category with 85.1% (3rd in the QMJHL).
- Victoriaville – The Tigres scored 18 of their 41 goals this season during poweplays, which corresponds to 44% of their total offensive.
- Mikhail Grigorenko (QUE) - just played 10 consecutive games with at least 1 point. He was listed on the score sheet in each of the games he played in 2012-13.
- Raphaël Lafontaine (BAT) – has played a sequence of 9 straight games with at least 1 point.
Luca Ciampini (HAL) - has scored 8 goals in his last five games with the Mooseheads.
- Dmitri Jaskin (MON) - This Russian-born forward leads the league with 45 shots on net, and is also very efficient as evidenced by his 10 goals in 11 games.
- Laurent Dauphin (CHI) – during his first season in the League, already has 13 points, including seven during powerplay. One rookie has accumulated more points than him this season, Frederick Gauthier from the Oceanic (15).
- Martin Lefebvre (AS) - the 20-year-old defenseman leads the League with seven assists on powerplay. His total points this season amount to 11 in 10 games. He leads all defensemen in Remparts history (1997-2012) for his lifetime total points of 145, having surpassed Michael Tam on October 2nd. See the team’s record:
- Anthony Mantha (VDO) - he has written a new page in the records book of the Val-d'Or Foreurs on Saturday, October 13 when he scored 3 goals in 2 minutes and 56 seconds. These are officially the fastest three goals netted by the same player in team’s history. As for the league record, it is of 3 goals in 20 seconds thanks to Eddy Godin from the Quebec Remparts, on December 3rd, 1976. See the impressive League’s record:
- Steve Gillard (HAL) - the 20-year-old veteran defenseman has collected 4 points against PEI as the Mooseheads won 7-5 last Wednesday. See the team record he equalled with this performance, which is the "Most points by a Mooseheads defenseman in a regular season’s game"
- Ben Duffy (PEI) - who scored his 250th QMJHL career point on October 13, continues his streak of 238 consecutive games tonight (the 7th longest streak of its kind in the history of the League), since he participated in all the Rocket games since January 10, 2009. He’s having a great month, with 15 points in 7 games. See the League record for the longest sequence of games played successively:
- Nathan MacKinnon (HAL) - scored at least 1 goal in each of the last 5 games of the Mooseheads, as did teammate Ciampini. The team record in Halifax is 12 consecutive games with at least 1 goal (Ladislav Nagy | 1998-99). See the team record:
- André Tourigny (ROU) - it will be his 650th game tonight as head-coach of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, as he’s in his 11th season with this team. The QMJHL record is 656 games behind the bench of the same club, and is held by Denis Francoeur with the Shawinigan Cataractes, from 1996-97 to 2005-06. Look at the record:
A LITTLE HISTORY
- Sergio Momesso (SHA) – his jersey # 9 will be retired by the Cataractes on Sunday, October 21st at the Centre Bionest in Shawinigan. He wore with pride the colours of Shawinigan for 3 seasons (1982-83 to 1984-85), at the time when Ron Lapointe was the head-coach of this team. Moreover, in 1982-83, Momesso was playing with the Cataractes who won a record of 33 home games, a mark shared with the 1982-83 team of the Laval Voisins led by Mario Lemieux. After collecting 377 points in 226 games, cumulating the regular season and the playoffs of his junior major career, he was named to the first allstar team of the QMJHL in 1984-85. The following season in 1985-86, he made the jump to the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens en route to a 12-season career in the NHL.