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  • Dubeau not happy with Chicoutimi coach Jean’s rough, but expected, tactics

    Wildcats goalie Alex Dubeau is a five year veteran of the QMJHL and he's not happy with getting run by Chicoutimi forwards. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)Wildcats goalie Alex Dubeau is a five year veteran of the QMJHL and he's not happy with getting run by Chicoutimi forwards. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)
    Moncton Wildcats netminder Alex Dubeau is a veteran in the QMJHL. He’s played five seasons in the league, won a Memorial Cup with the Shawinigan Cataractes in 2012, and has played in the post-season in all five of his seasons.

    If there’s anyone actively playing who has seen it all, it’s Dubeau.

    He wasn’t happy with what he’s been seeing, and more importantly, feeling through two games in his team’s series against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. The Sags upset the heavily-favoured Wildcats 3-2 Sunday which saw the series even up at one game apiece.

    “It’s flagrant,” Dubeau said about the frequent run-ins he’s had with opposing forwards so far in the series.

    “The refs have to know; it’s been two games now. We want the game to be fair.”

    Saguenéens coach Yanick Jean wouldn’t comment on specific game strategies, but did say that it’s the Wildcats who feel the pressure of the series. He added he was satisfied with the discipline of his team in game two, even though the Wildcats scored twice on

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  • QMJHL first round playoff preview: Part 2 – the maybes

    Young forwards like Daniel Sprong in Charlottetown are the key to their success if the Islanders hope to make it past the first round. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)Young forwards like Daniel Sprong in Charlottetown are the key to their success if the Islanders hope to make it past the first round. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)
    Part 1 of Buzzing The Net’s first round QMJHL playoff preview – the top teams versus the bottom feeders – can be found here.

    Moncton-Chicoutimi have a bizarre schedule of Thursday-Sunday for the first two games, otherwise every other series starts off Friday-Saturday for games 1 & 2.

    (8) Sherbrooke Phoenix (36-26-2-4, 78 points) vs. (9) Charlottetown Islanders (35-28-1-4, 75 points)

    Season series: Tied 1-1. Final Dynamic Dozen rankings: Phoenix 29th, Islanders 30th. Prediction: Islanders in 6.

    Series in a sentence: You may as well flip a coin, but the Islanders are slightly bigger and slightly better on special teams.

    Why the Phoenix could win: If the Phoenix can get Daniel Audette, Kay Schweri and Tim Weiser clicking on the powerplay, not to mention playmaker Cam Darcy from the point, they could feast on a big Islanders team. Charlottetown is tough, but they take a lot fo penalties and play a lot on the penalty kill.

    They also have the dynamic Jérémy Roy, who could be an x-factor all

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  • QMJHL first round playoff preview: Part 1 – contenders vs. pretenders

    Remparts shiny new netminder Zach Fucale will need to overcome a poor regular season and play like an elite goalkeeper in the playoffs if Quebec wants to enter the Memorial Cup through the front door. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)Remparts shiny new netminder Zach Fucale will need to overcome a poor regular season and play like an elite goalkeeper in the playoffs if Quebec wants to enter the Memorial Cup through the front door. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)
    While the OHL and the WHL have tidy conference series to get though, their partner in la belle province and all points eastward does the early-80s-NHL thing and lines all the teams up, 1-to-16, and matches them up. While it does insure that, most of the time, the best teams and best matchups are saved for later, it can lead to some stinkers in the early rounds.

    These series below are the top President’s Cup contenders and their first round opponents, who will largely try and extend a quick and painless death. Though upsets do happen to the top seeds in the first round, they are very rare.

    Moncton-Chicoutimi have a bizarre schedule of Thursday-Sunday for the first two games, otherwise every other series starts off Friday-Saturday for games 1 & 2.

    (4) Québec Remparts (40-25-1-2, 83 points) vs. (13) Cape-Breton Screaming Eagles (31-31-3-3, 68 points)

    Season series: Cape Breton 1-0-1-0. Final Dynamic Dozen rankings: Remparts 15th, Screaming Eagles 38th. Prediction: Remparts in 5.

    Series in

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  • Strome’s 6-pack of points clinches CHL points title, Otters win: Sunday’s 3 stars

    Erie's Dylan Strome wrapped up the season with six points, including four goals, in a 8-7 win over Niagara to clinch the OHL and CHL leading scorers' titles. (CP / Matt Mead)Erie's Dylan Strome wrapped up the season with six points, including four goals, in a 8-7 win over Niagara to clinch the OHL and CHL leading scorers' titles. (CP / Matt Mead)
    No. 1 star: Dylan Strome, Erie Otters (OHL)

    No McDavid, no problem for the Erie Otters, who rested the sure-fire first rounder with second place wrapped up, but they relied on another sure-fire first rounder to pick up the slack.

    Strome fired home four pucks and assisted on two other goals as Erie came-from-behind to defeat Niagara 8-7 in a wild finish to both team’s OHL regular season schedules. His six points secured both the OHL scoring title and the CHL one, as his 129 points eclipsed London’s Mitchell Marner and Moncton’s Conor Garland, with both players not playing Sunday.

    Marner finished with 126 points, while Garland equaled Strome’s 129, but had 10 less goals.

    Buzzing the Net teammate Neate Sager described Strome’s night as such:

    Time again, Strome displayed exceptional puck control and vision as he found openings. Niagara entered the contest with motivation to shut down Strome since it still had a chance of earning home-ice advantage for its playoff series against the Ottawa

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  • Marcotte leads the way for Gatineau in important win over Victoriaville: Sunday’s 3 stars

    Olympiques captain Louick Marcotte had six points in Gatineau's wild 9-5 win over Victoriaville. (CP / Ghyslain Bergeron)Olympiques captain Louick Marcotte had six points in Gatineau's wild 9-5 win over Victoriaville. (CP / Ghyslain Bergeron)
    No. 1 star: Louick Marcotte, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)

    Marcotte had a whale of a game offensively for the Olympiques in a wild 9-5 win over Victoriaville, in a game that could go far in determining the final seeds in the Q.

    His two goals and four assists, and his impressive +7 rating, keeps Gatineau four points above Victoriaville for the final playoff spot in the league. The Olympiques leap-frogged Chicoutimi into 14th spot in the league.

    Marcotte and linemate Yan Pavel Laplante, who had four goals and an assist, were the dominant forces for the Piques with 11 points between them. Add in Alex Dostie’s three assists, and Valentin Zykov’s goal and two assists, and the Olympiques had a well-rounded attack on Sunday.

    The game was close until the third period, as the game was tied at one and three, and Victoriaville cut the Olympique lead to 5-4 at one point.

    Marcotte won’t equal his century mark from last season in Val-d’Or, but his 74 points lead the team heading into the final week.

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  • Bylsma helps out friend and former teammate Lambert with the Rockets: Thursday’s coast-to-coast

    Former Jack Adams-winning Pittsburgh Penguins and Team USA coach Dan Bylsma was in Kelowna this week, helping out with Rockets practices with his friend and former teammate, head coach Dan Lambert. (AP / J. David Ake)Former Jack Adams-winning Pittsburgh Penguins and Team USA coach Dan Bylsma was in Kelowna this week, helping out with Rockets practices with his friend and former teammate, head coach Dan Lambert. (AP / J. David Ake)

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    WHL

    Bylsma is back, baby! Former Jack Adams winner Dan Bylsma is back running practices, helping out his ex-teammate Dan Lambert with the Kelowna Rockets. Experience is always good to capitalize on, and the Rockets are set to go far in the post-season. (KelownaCapNews.com)

    Portland Winterhawk forward Oliver Bjorkstrand has enjoyed an historic season, and his big club in Columbus has taken notice. (BlueJackets.NHL.com)

    Potential first-round pick Ivan Provorov has impressed Wheat Kings fans the moment he stepped on Westman Place ice. He credits moving to North America four years ago as the key moment in his development. (NHL.com)

    Former Saskatoon Blade pick Tim McGauley was the Blades most recent first rounder – in 2010! – and that is set to change this season. McGauley, by the way, tied for the league lead in points, and no longer a Blade. (TheStarPhoenix.com)

    Spokane forward Liam Stewart, or as

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  • Four Olympiques named in new sexual assault complaint

    Four members of the Gatineau Olympiques were named in a sexual assault complaint stemming from an incident in an unidentified Quebec City hotel in January 2014, and this complaint looks to be more serious than anything involving Boston Pizza.

    The alleged event happened at a hotel in Quebec City in January 2014, involving four members of the team. The complaint was transferred to the police in the capital city last week, as the alleged events occurred in an unidentified hotel in the city. Nothing else has been released to the public.

    The complainant submitted information to the police in Trois-Rivières, Qc, with her father and filled out a statement of “around ten pages”. The complaint was believed to be filed within the last two weeks.

    The four members named in the complaint were not released to the public either, but they are identified by name in the complaint. Some of the four players are still members of the team, though it is unknown how many.

    It’s also unknown if any of the four

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  • Duclair a scratch for the Remparts Tuesday against the Cataractes? The coast-to-coast

    Anthony Duclair was returned to the Quebec Remparts after winning the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2015 WJC in Toronto. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)Anthony Duclair was returned to the Quebec Remparts after winning the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2015 WJC in Toronto. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)
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    WHL

    Since Leon Draisaitl was sent down by the Edmonton Oilers to the WHL, he’s been on a tear, to the tune of 43 points in 26 games. Joining a stacked Kelowna team hasn’t hurt either. (TheHockeyWriters.com)

    The 2013-14 Valley West Hawks Midget AAA alumni have had great success already in the WHL, with four players having an impact on Dub teams: Davis Koch in Edmonton, Matt Bradley in Medicine Hat , Luke Gingras in Saskatoon and Devante Stephens in Kelowna. (EdmontonSun.com)

    The latest installment of how the Seattle Thunderbirds were built. This time the 2010 Bantam Draft. Worth a read if you want to learn how intricate team-building can be. (MyNorthwest.com)

    The Regina Pats used to be a team that finished poorly, but the last two seasons, the Pats have finished the season hot, ending up with home-ice advantage in the opening round again. (ReginaLeaderPost.com)

    Ex-Rockets Zach Franko, MacKenzie

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  • Are goalie Michael Giugovaz and the London Knights the OHL's 'velvet rope'? (CP / Mark Spowart)Are goalie Michael Giugovaz and the London Knights the OHL's 'velvet rope'? (CP / Mark Spowart)
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    WHL

    Josh Morrissey is out indefinitely with a leg injury, and that’s some reason to panic if you’re a fan of the Rockets, with Rourke Chartier, Justin Kirkland, Tomas Soustal and Mitch Wheaton also sidelined, but Jackson Whistle looked solid in his return Saturday. (Kelowna Daily Courier)

    17-year-old Rykr Cole not only has one of the best names in all the CHL, but he’s climbing up the lineup of the Regina Pats and showing some excellent potential. (Regina Leader-Post)

    The Saskatoon Blades might be out of the playoffs this season, but their goaltending future looks bright with both their 17-year-old netminders set to return next year: Nik Amundrud and Brock Hamm. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

    The U.S. Division has the potential to go down to the wire for seeding, and the new WHL wild card races are heating up too. (SeattlePI.com)

    Interesting look at the breakdown of the anatomy of a junior team, in the

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  • Pollock’s four points help solidify grasp for Oil Kings on WHL wildcard playoff spot: Sunday’s 3 stars

    No. 1 star: Brett Pollock, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

    Pollock came through for the Oil Kings when they needed it the most, a big four point night for him in a four point game for Edmonton.

    The Dallas Stars’ second rounder set the tone for the Oil Kings with three points in the first period as they went on to beat the Prince Albert Raiders 5-3 at Rexall Place.

    The only goal Pollock didn’t have a hand in was the winner, as Mads Eller earned his fifth of the season just 21 seconds into the second frame that stood up as the winning marker, but he did have a hand in all the other goals to keep the Oil Kings in the last playoff spot in the East, seven points up on Moose Jaw and 13 points up on Prince Albert with the victory.

    Pollock evened last year’s point totals with 55, this season scoring four more goals so far in ten less games. Anything further will be a career high for the three-year WHL vet from just outside Edmonton. He has a four game point streak, with seven points in that span.

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