QMJHL Power Rankings For November 4th
EDITOR’S NOTE: This ranking was compiled before two major news items broke on Monday, the retirement of Rouyn-Noranda goaltender Carl Hozjan and a big trade involving the Rimouski Oceanic and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Please visit the TheQNews home page for further details on these developments.
1. Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (18 GP, 15-1-2-0, 32 points) Last Week: 1
It was another great week for the Q’s top team in spite of a 4-3 overtime loss in Drummondville. Prior to that, the Armada collected wins in Chicoutimi and Shawinigan. Blainville got production from returning forwards Emil Aronsson (four points in three games) and Marc-Olivier Roy (five points in two games). Samuel Hodhod also notched five points on the week. The Armada now starts a home stand with games against Drummondville, Chicoutimi and Rouyn-Noranda.
2. Baie-Comeau Drakkar (21 GP, 14-4-0-3, 31 points) Last Week: 2
Three games with hated foes gave the Drakkar mixed results. An overtime loss in Quebec was followed with a shootout victory in Rimouski and with a 9-2 thrashing of Chicoutimi. The Drakkar also welcomed back captain Félix Girard back from suspension. Both wins saw great goaltending from Philippe Cadorette, as he stopped 54 of 59 shots. Blueliner Dominic Poulin chipped in six points, helping fuel a power play that went 9-for-18. Baie-Comeau will next visit Rimouski and Drummondville.
3. Halifax Mooseheads (22 GP, 14-8-0-0, 28 points) Last Week: 3
After stumbling in Gatineau, the Moose recorded an astonishing 15-5 win in Rouyn-Noranda and a 4-2 win in Val-d’Or. Zachary Fucale had a rough start in Gatineau and was pulled in Rouyn, but backup Kevin Darveau stopped 57 of 59 shots in two games. Andrew Ryan, Brent Andrews and Nikolaj Ehlers all posted five points in Rouyn. Halifax recieved some bad news as defenseman MacKenzie Weegar suffered an ankle sprain and won’t play when Halifax hosts Moncton and Saint John.
4. Gatineau Olympiques (21 GP, 14-7-0-0, 28 points) Last Week: 4
Gatineau played three games in its home province this past week, in contrast to the coming days when they’ll visit Bathurst, Charlottetown and Moncton. Gatineau started last week with a big 5-2 win over Halifax. The Piques then edged Victoriaville on the road but returned home to lose to Drummondville. Vincent Dunn collected a goal in all three games and Marc-Olivier Brouillard posted five points. Defenseman Jean-Simon Deslauriers was supposed to travel with his team but did not play.
5. Drummondville Voltigeurs (19 GP, 12-6-0-1, 23 points) Last Week: 9
Only two games were needed for the Volts to make their big jump in the power rankings this week. A 6-3 win in Gatineau and 4-3 home overtime win over the Armada proved they could play with the big boys. On the blueline, Charles-David Beaudoin recorded three points and Francis Lambert-Lemay dished out nine hits. Georgs Golovkovs led the offense with six points. Next the Volts will visit Blainville for a rematch before hosting Chicoutimi and Baie-Comeau.
6. Rimouski Oceanic (20 GP, 10-6-1-3, 23 points) Last Week: 6
If not for stumbles from other teams, the Oceanic may have fallen in the ranks due to a 1-1-1 record this week. The Oceanic started with a 3-2 loss in Chicoutimi and a 4-3 shootout loss in Baie-Comeau before topping Victoriaville at home. This coming week they’ll play the same three teams, with the venues in versed. Anthony DeLuca remains second in league scoring thanks to seven points in his last three games. Ryan MacKinnon led the offense from the blueline with three points.
7. Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (19 GP, 11-6-1-1, 24 points) Last Week: 7
A tale of two games describes the Huskies’ week. Rouyn-Noranda was thoroughly embarassed by Halifax at home, with the lowlights being Carl Hozjan allowing nine goals on 21 shots and 17 out of 18 skaters finishing with a minue in the plus-minus category. The Huskes made a strong statement by thumping Quebec at home 6-1 the next day, a game that saw Maxime St-Cyr get four points and defenseman Justin Guénette return. Rouyn will now host Victoriaville before visting Québec and Blainville. It was announced today that Hozjan will be retiring from hockey.
8. Québec Remparts (20 GP, 9-7-3-1, 22 points) Last Week: 8
Québec started the week with a big 6-5 overtime home win over a quality Drakkar club but dropped back-to-back games in the Abitibi region. The power play sputtered, going 1-for-17 the last three games. The Remparts miss Nick Sorensen who is out with a concussion. They received big contributions from Fabrice Herzog (three goals in three games) and Kurt Etchegary and Adam Erne who each had three points. Québec next heads to Shawinigan before hosting Rouyn-Noranda and Cape Breton.
9. Charlottetown Islanders (19 GP, 10-7-0-2, 22 points) Last Week: 5
Charlottetown has now lost six straight games. The Islanders did salvage a point at home against Sherbrooke, but followed up by losing twice in New Brunswick in spite of outshooting both opponents. The Isles will complete its New Brunswick swing by visiting Bathurst before hosting Gatineau and the Titan in a rematch. Charlottetown welcomed back import Marco Sedlar this week. He adds to an offense that includes Daniel Sprong and Jack Nevins who both compiled three points this week. On the downside, the Islanders played without gritty forward Matt Bursey to a swollen hand and played without Yan-Pavel Laplante Saturday and Sunday.
10. Val-d’Or Foreurs (19 GP, 10-9-0-0, 20 points) Last Week: 10
Anthony Mantha continues to lead the QMJHL in scoring as he recorded four points over a 4-1 win against Québec and a 4-2 loss to Halifax, both games being on home ice. Louick Marcotte and Samuel Henley contributed three points a piece while import Timotej Sille has been out of the lineup. The Foreurs are also still awaiting Maxime Gravel’s return from concussion. Val-d’Or will next host Victoriaville before heading out on the road to play Sherbrooke and then Shawinigan.
11. Victoriaville Tigres (19 GP 9-9-1-0, 19 points) Last Week: 11
Victoriaville dropped two of three games this week, but better times may be ahead. Winger Tommy Veilleux has been skating with the team and may be soon ready to make his season debut, and overager Philippe Hudon will return from his suspension next week to travel to Val-d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda and host Rimouski. This past week the Tigres dropped a 4-3 loss in Gatineau, topped Shawinigan 5-2 at home and lost 7-4 in Rimouski. Carl-Antoine Delisle led the way with five points.
12. Chicoutimi Saguenéens (21 GP 11-10-0-0, 22 points) Last Week: 12
Chicoutimi was thankful for a 3-2 home win over Rimouski as the roof fell in against Blainville-Boisbriand (a 7-2 loss) and Baie-Comeau (a 9-2 loss on the road). The Sags will remain on the road next week with games against Rimouski, Blainville-Boisbriand and Drummondville. Offensively, the present and future was on display this week for Chicoutimi. Charles Hudon recorded four points, while Victor Provencher and 2013 first overall draft pick Nicolas Roy each had three points as well.
13. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (20 GP, 9-9-0-2, 20 points) Last Week: 13
Goaltending and the top line were the story during the Eagles’ three home games this week. Alex Bureau struggled in a 6-4 loss to Sherbrooke but Chase Marchand won his first two QMJHL starts against Bathurst. Marchand stopped 47 of 50 shots. The William Carrier/Kyle Farrell/Cameron Darcy line combined for 21 points in three games. On the blueline Justin Haché had four points and Loic Leduc was a +6. Cape Breton now hits the road to play Sherbrooke, Shawinigan and Quebec.
14. Moncton Wildcats (22 GP, 9-12-0-1, 19 points) Last Week: 14
Alex Dubeau has developed into a star goaltender, and this week he shone bright stopping 60 of 64 shots in Moncton’s two wins (6-2 both in Saint John and at home versus Charlottetown). Backup Graham Hunt had a rough night in a 7-4 home loss to Sherbrooke. The Cats were happy to have Ivan Barbashev back as he had seven points in three games. JC Campagna has 14 points in 10 games since coming in a trade from Québec. Next the Cats host Saint John, visit Halifax and entertain Gatineau.
15. Sherbrooke Phoenix (21 GP, 8-11-1-1, 18 points) Last Week: 17
Six points in three games is a great result any time, and it’s extraordinary when it’s achieved by a second-year expansion team on a road trip. The closest shave the Phoenix got was its 4-3 shootout win over Charlottetown, sandwiched between regulation wins in Cape Breton and Moncton in which Jean-François Plante recorded hat tricks in each of those games. Up front, Simon Desbiens had seven points and on the blueline Dominic Talbot-Tassi tallied four. Sherbrooke will now host Cape Breton and Val-d’Or.
16. Saint John Sea Dogs (19 GP, 6-11-0-2, 14 points) Last Week: 16
Saint John hasn’t made it easy on its goaltender Sebastien Auger this year, and he faced another 90 shots over two games with Moncton and Charlottetown. The Dogs fell 6-2 to Moncton but rebounded with a 4-2 win at home against the Islanders. Offensively, Oliver Cooper led the way for the Dogs with five points in two games. The Dogs will next host Bathurst before making the trek to Moncton and Halifax.
17. Acadie-Bathurst Titan (19 GP 6-11-1-1, 14 points) Last Week: 15
Bathurst was outplayed in both games in Cape Breton, losing 4-1 and 6-2. Jacob Brennan allowed four goals on 24 shots Friday night, but played better in relief when Mason McDonald got pulled the following night. Another positive for Bathurst was the season debut of Patrick Walsh, who scored a goal in both games. Bathurst will now play Charlottetown in a home-and-home with a home date with Gatineau in between the two games.
18. Shawinigan Cataractes (19 GP, 2-15-2-0, 6 points) Last Week: 18
Overage blueliner Frank Schumacher made his first appearance of the season for the Cats this year, collecting three points in two games. Frédérick Gaudreau and Francis Beauvillier also contributed three points a piece. Shawinigan can take solace that they did outshoot the Tigres and Armada in 5-2 and 3-2 losses. The Cataractes will embark on a home stand now against Quebec, Cape Breton, and Val-d’Or.