This week: the Halifax Mooseheads rank 1st in the QMJHL. Also, the offensive performances of Currie, Mantha, Drouin, MacKinnon and others will be examined. Finally, we’ll tell you why Maxime Talbot will be honoured by the Gatineau Olympiques tonight.
TEAMS AT FULL THROTTLE
- Halifax – the Mooseheads! They now have won 11 straight games and are only 4 victories away from their team’s record of 15. Their exceptional ratio "Goals for / Goals against" is 2 to 1, 72 goals netted against 36 goals allotted. The team led by Dominique Ducharme ranks 1st overall in the QMJHL with 26 points after 14 performances.
- Blainville-Boisbriand – With 7 points out of a possible 8 in their last 4 games, all played on the road, the Armada placed 2nd overall with 22 points. Shorthanded, they kill penalties with an efficiency of 90%, the best performance of the QMJHL. Blainville-Boisbriand returns home tonight to face Moncton at 7:00 pm, for game broadcasted by TVA Sports.
- Quebec – Did you know that the Remparts fans have been spoiled since Patrick Roy took control of the club in 2005-06? The Quebec team has won almost 71% of its games at the Colisée Pepsi (175 wins in 248 games)...They suffered their first setback at home yesterday against Baie-Comeau after 6 straignt local wins.
- Baie-Comeau – the Drakkar has accumulated 9 points out of a possible 10 recently. The Drakkar visit the Phoenix Sherbrooke the evening.
- Jonathan Drouin (HAL) – He maintains an average of 2.4 points per game, the best performance of the League with 19 points in just 8 games. Four other players accumulate an average of 2 points per game: Jean-Sébastien Dea (ROU), Anthony Mantha (VDO) and Jess Tanguy (RIM).
- Anthony Mantha (VDO) – As he scored 4 goals on Wednesday against Rimouski, he had already played a 3rd game with 3 or more goals this season. So he ignited the red light 11 times in the last 5 games of the Foreurs. Mantha is currently the leading scorer if the League, tied with Jean-Sébastien Dea (Rouyn-Noranda); the two players playing in Abitibi both have 28 points on their respective card.
- Gabriel Bourret (GAT) – The 20-year-old veteran defenseman of the Olympiques accumulated 7 points in his last 3 games (1+6). He also amassed 4 points for the second time in his career last Saturday against the Val-d'Or Foreurs.
- Lukas Sedlak (CHI) – He stands in 1st place for the number of faceoffs he won with 241. His percentage efficiency at this level is an impressive 61.8%.
- Marvin Cupper (SHA) – The rookie from Germany performs on average 32 stops per game and his save percentage of .896 is quite interesting, considering the impressive number of shots he has received so far (402). Let’s remember that Yves Guillemette, with the Shawinigan Dynamos in 1976-77, had faced a record total (QMJHL) of 2716 shots, showing a save percentage of .880 while facing an average of 39 shots per game. It still smells like rubber! Look at the record:
- Xavier Ouellet (BLB) - With 4 assists on Tuesday night against Shawinigan, he tied the record of the "St.John's/Montreal/Blainville-Boisbriand" franchise he had established himself in December 2011, which is the "most assists in a game by a defenseman." Take a look at the record:
- Nathan MacKinnon (HAL) – As he scored 2 goals against the Voltigeurs last Wednesday, he outsmarted the goalkeeper in an 8th consecutive game, getting a little closer to a team’s record for the Mooseheads (12, Ladislav Nagy, 1998-99)
- Josh Currie (PEI) – You can tell that this Rocket center opportunistic with 3 game-winning goals. He is very consistent since he scored at least one point in each of his last 11 games; he also leads the League with eight assists on the power play (tied with Danault, Bourret and Sidlik), and shows a total of 26 points in 14 games. He completed his hat trick yesterday against Chicoutimi, when he scored his 15th goal of the season.
- Zach O'Brien (BAT) – His “record” streak of 151 consecutive games without being penalized by a referee continued last night against the Tigres. While no other player has managed to play two consecutive seasons without ever sitting in the penalty box, here he is, starting his 3rd season in a row without any penalty; it’s never been seen. Including regular seasons and playoffs in the QMJHL, O'Brien has just passed the 200-point mark in his 149th game (vs. Cape Breton, on October 19th), in addition to displaying a big "0" in the column of penalty minutes! In the history of the QMJHL, before O'Brien, only Jean-Luc Phaneuf from the Montreal Junior in the mid-1970’s did better, with 99 consecutive games without penalty.
A LITTLE HISTORY
- Maxime Talbot (Hull / Gatineau) – What supporter of the Olympiques forgot this famous player who wore # 25 in the early 2000’s? No! Tonight at Centre Robert-Guertin we will retire his jersey, a beautiful well-deserved honor for someone who has been proclamed twice the "Most Valuable Player of the QMJHL series", in 2003 and 2004, same years during which the President Cup came back to the Olympiques. This is also in the playoffs that he was at his best, where he amassed 82 points in 52 games. Before becoming the captain of the team led by Benoit Groulx in Hull, he was a first round pick of Rouyn-Noranda. In January 2001, Charles Henry then managing director of the Hull team, made one of the biggest transactions in the history of the team; he had sold the rights of his star forward Alexandre Giroux to Rouyn-Noranda. In return, the Olympiques received the future of the team: young Maxime Talbot, Dominic D'Amour and a first round pick.