All Habs QMJHL Headlines: Monday, March 3rd, 2014
►Gatineau to open new multi-sports’ facility: A new sports’ centre has been in the plans for a long time, but last Thursday, the City of Gatineau and the Olympiques made it official with a Memorandum of Understanding.
“These quality sports facilities will provide a better product for hockey fans. Thanks to its leadership in this project, the Government of Quebec allows Gatineau to develop quality infrastructure and the necessary tools to meet the challenges of the future. This upcoming multi-purpose centre will meet the growing needs of the Gatineau Olympiques and allow the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to hold events in the city that contribute to the exposure of Gatineau and significant economic benefits for the city and its surroundings.”
– Gilles Courteau
►Océanic win 11th straight: Named the VAUGHN goaltender of the month in the QMJHL, Philippe Desrosiers brought the Rimouski Océanic to their eleventh win in a row on Saturday, a 5-2 decision over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The win was Desrosiers’ 50th in an Océanic uniform and he now has a 27-13-3-4 record this season. The Océanic sit fourth in the standings, three wins from overtaking the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
With the playoffs quickly approaching, several teams could still manage to make big jumps in little time…
Read more (French): Toujours rien de réglé dans la LHJMQ
►And seven in a row for Halifax: Habs’ prospect goaltender Zachary Fucale and the Halifax Mooseheads aren’t doing too shabby themselves. They head up the Atlantic division with 85 points after taking home wins over Bathurst and Moncton, both of which featured hat tricks by Nikolaj Ehlers. Fucale, who made a combined 54 saves to win the two contests, leads all goaltenders with a 2.29 goals- against average and a .907 save percentage.
►Hudon’s streak snapped: Charles Hudon had amassed a whopping 25 points in his last 15 games before seeing his points’ streak come to an end against Victoriaville on Saturday. There, his spotlight was stolen by a fellow (and future) teammate, Jérémy Grégoire, who picked up two goals and an assist in a 5-1 win. He was named first star of the game (more on his weekend below).
Read more (French): Victoire de 5-1 pour Baie-Comeau
Telus Three Stars of the Week
★Jérémy Grégoire, RW, Baie-Comeau Drakkar: The Habs’ prospect racked up nine points this weekend, including four goals. His goal against Sherbrooke was his team-leading seventh game-winner this year.
★★Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Halifax Mooseheads: The 2014 NHL Entry Draft riser has a point streak of seven games and has hat tricks in each of his last two games. He is the top rookie scorer with 91 points, and is 4th overall in the QMJHL in that category.
★★★Louis-Philip Guindon, G, Drummondville Voltigeurs: The Drummondville netminder picked up two shutouts this weekend while maintaining a GAA of 1.26 and a save percentage of .946. He is now at six shutouts on the year, a franchise record.