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  • Rimouski defender Morin will face QMJHL discipline for throwing stick

    Samuel Morin is a first round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers. (CP / Francis Vachon)Samuel Morin is a first round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers. (CP / Francis Vachon)

    Rimouski Oceanic blueliner Samuel Morin will have a date with QMJHL disciplinarian Raymond Bolduc after a major stick throwing incident after the final buzzer Wednesday.

    Morin’s Oceanic fell 5-2 to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada at home on Wednesday night, and he decided he’d had enough. After the final buzzer, in a bout of frustration, Morin broke his stick in anger and threw the broken, nearly-intact shaft at the end boards from the near blue line.

    According to TVA Sports, witnesses said one of the pieces of the stick hit a fan in a wheelchair who was leaving the arena, but thankfully, no one was hurt. Video of the incident is available here, from the TVA Sports website.

    Morin was penalized with a two-minute minor and a game misconduct at 20:00 of the third period for “throwing a stick or piece of equipment”. The timing of the misconduct could come with an automatic one-game suspension.

    Rimouski head coach and director of hockey operations Serge Beausoleil told TVA Sports that he

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  • Ho-Sang and Spits have last laugh in shootout thriller in Sarnia: Sunday’s 3 stars

    No. 1 star: Josh Ho-Sang, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

    Ho-Sang had the best of many great offensive performances in Windsor’s wild 8-7 win over Sarnia.

    The Spits and Sting battled it out in a shooting gallery for 65 minutes, goal for goal, making it fitting that Ho-Sang, the best point-getter in Sunday’s game, to get the winner in the shootout.

    Ho-Sang also had a hat-trick and added an assist in the win. Four points gave him 62 on the year, 18 more than last year’s rookie season for the 2014 NHL Draft-eligible winger.

    Ho-Sang had plenty of help too. Blueliner Trevor Murphy had two goals and Slater Koekkoek had a goal and two assists from the back end. Brody Vail added three helpers for Windsor, who improved to 29-17-2-0, good enough for fifth in the Western Conference.

    Defender Anthony DeAngelo scored twice for Sarnia, who dropped to 15-27-1-5. Six other Sting players had two points.

    Dalen Kuchmey got the win in net, stopping all five shots he faced from the start of the third period. Alex

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  • Moncton Wildcats’ Vladimir Tkachev impresses in QMJHL debut

    Vladimir Tkachev had 4 points in his first game for Moncton (Marc Grandmaison photo)

    Moncton Wildcats head coach Darren Rumble was ready for a good night of hockey after leading his team through the paces of an energetic practice Thursday.

    The team was on a four-game losing streak, but they finally got the gift they ordered back in September and placed him on the top line. He'd be lying if he said that didn't have anything to do with it.

    “You could really feel it in practice,” Rumble said. “I said to the other coaches and staff that it’s the best vibe we’ve had from our team since we’ve been on our skid. I knew we were going to come out and have a good performance.”

    Vladimir Tkachev finally arrived last night after a half-season of delays and wasted no time at all with a four-point debut and first star honours in the Wildcats’ 7-4 thrashing of Chicoutimi. He drew high marks from his head coach in his first game.

    “He put on quite a show tonight,” Rumble said. “He’s an elite player. He gave our team a really big boost.”

    He even earned some comparisons to a certain number 99 from his coach.

    “I’ve only had a one-game sort of viewing, obviously,” Rumble said. “He sees the ice well. He’s got that change of pace that Gretzky used to have, where he’s got different speeds to buy himself time through the neutral zone. He’s very wiry, and sees other people well.”

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  • Fucale quickest in QMJHL history to 100 wins

    Fucale backstopped the Mooseheads to a Memorial Cup win last season. (CP / Liam Richards)Fucale backstopped the Mooseheads to a Memorial Cup win last season. (CP / Liam Richards)

    Halifax Mooseheads netminder Zachary Fucale snapped a 35-year QMJHL record on Tuesday, earning his 100th QMJHL victory in only 145 games to become the quickest to 100 wins.

    The previous record was held by Jacques Cloutier, who set the record in 150 games with the Trois-Rivières Draveurs in 1979. He ended up totalling 142 wins in his four-year QMJHL career, which is the most in league history. Cloutier ended up having a 13-year NHL career with three teams and won two Stanley Cups as a coach with Colorado.

    Fucale, 18, was a second-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens – and the first goalkeeper picked – in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The win was his 23rd of the season. Fucale will turn 19 two days after the Memorial Cup final this season.

    He is in his third season in the QMJHL, after becoming a full-time starter in the Q at 16 and a Memorial Cup champion at 17. Fucale earned 32 wins in his first season, and 48 wins in his second. His 16-1 record in the playoffs last spring was the most

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  • Titan sack coach Dupont after 9-1 loss; is coaching the issue in Acadie-Bathurst?

    The Titan fired coach Danny Dupont after parts of two seasons behind the bench. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)The Titan fired coach Danny Dupont after parts of two seasons behind the bench. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)

    The Acadie-Bathurst Titan’s embarrassing 9-1 home loss to the Halifax Mooseheads was enough for Titan GM Sylvain Couturier to pull the trigger on a coaching change, dismissing coach Danny Dupont on Sunday.

    The Titan fell to 17-25-2-2 this season, enough for 15th place in the 18-team Quebec League, and six points up on a playoff spot.

    Dupont replaced Eric Dubois halfway through last season, and had a 33-45-4-2 record in his 84 games with the team. Jean-François David will take over as interim head coach.

    Dupont had led a team with decidedly worse talent – their top scorer is 75th overall in the league, and they don’t have a goalie in the top 15 – to a better record than this point last season. Their top two scorers are Matthew Boudreau, playing on his third team this year, and Scott Oke, both 20-year-olds and both started the year with other teams.

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  • Gazzola nets a trick from the blueline in Foreurs win over Victo: Sunday’s 3 stars


    Val-d'Or Foreurs defenceman Randy Gazzola notched his first multi-goal game in the QMJHL Sunday. (CP / Ghyslain Bergeron)Val-d'Or Foreurs defenceman Randy Gazzola notched his first multi-goal game in the QMJHL Sunday. (CP / Ghyslain Bergeron)

    No. 1 star: Randy Gazzola, Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

    Gazzola picked a fine night to net his first multi-goal game. The Foreurs’ defender scored a hat trick, added an assist to complete a four-point night and was named first star in Val-d’Or’s 7-5 barnburner win over Victoriaville.

    Gazzola was a major factor in the Val-d’Or attack. The Foreurs scored five goals, including two Gazzola markers, on the man advantage to go 5-for-6 in the contest.

    The trifecta gave Gazzola 11 goals on the year, four more than the seven he mustered last season between Halifax and Val-d’Or.

    Louick Marcotte scored a goal and added two assists for Val-d’Or, who improved to 24-11-1-0 on the year. Nicolas Aubé-Kubel netted a pair of goals. Keven Bouchard held on for the win in a rare start. He made 25 saves.

    Gazzola’s former teammate Matthew Boudreau and Jan Mandat each had a goal and an assist for the Tigres, while three Tigres registered two assists apiece: Jonathan Diaby, Angelo Miceli and Gabriel Gagné.

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  • Verbeek scores first four as a Front in thrashing of Sarnia (VIDEO): Saturday’s 3 stars

    No. 1 star: Ryan Verbeek, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

    The newly-acquired Kingston forward is proving his worth with a four-goal performance in a Kingston 9-1 whitewashing against the Sarnia Sting. Verbeek had a real nose for the net in this game, scoring three of his four goals from near the goal mouth.

    The left winger’s four goals nearly doubled his OHL career goals, pushing that total up to nine. They were his first goals as a Frontenac.

    Verbeek hooked up with veteran Darcy Greenaway on three of his goals. The Frontenacs had 17 shots in each of the three periods, showing a dominant touch.

    Five other Fronts scored in the win, which was Kingston’s 17th of the season, and holds them steady in third place in the Eastern Conference. Sarnia scored first in the game, and then gave up nine straight goals en route to the drubbing. They dropped to a Western Conference-worst 11-19-1-2.

    Captain Michael Moffat had a goal and two assists and was a team-high +4. Matt Malahak got the win in net, sterring

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  • Sabres could send Grigorenko back to the Remparts for the second year in a row

    Buffalo's Mikhail Grigorenko may find himself back with the Quebec Remparts for a third QMJHL season. (CP Images / Paul Sancya)Buffalo's Mikhail Grigorenko may find himself back with the Quebec Remparts for a third QMJHL season. (CP Images / Paul Sancya)

    The Buffalo Sabres cleaned house last week, bringing in former Sabre Pat Lafontaine and former Sabre head coach Ted Nolan back into the fold to try and right the ship. With all the new (read: old) blood making the decisions, it could lead to drastic changes.

    Nikita Zadorov is likely heading back to junior hockey, and Mikhail Grigorenko might be alongside him. Other youngsters, such as Johan Larsson and Rasmus Ristolainen, might be on their way to Rochester.

    "We have so many young guys here, and it’s almost like going back to junior hockey in some sense," Nolan said today after practice. "Patty and I have been talking for the last three, four days about that. I didn’t realize how young they really were and the positions that they’re in and the capabilities of what they can do besides playing here.  (Buffalo News)

    One such change could greatly improve the Quebec Remparts heading into the December trading period.

    RDS’s Stéphane Leroux reports that according to a "good source" forward Mikhail

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  • Moncton pulls out of 2015 Memorial Cup bid: could the failed bid be the final push for a new arena?

    The 2006 Memorial Cup in Moncton was remembered for Quebec's win and the The 2006 Memorial Cup in Moncton was remembered for Quebec's win and the

    The 2015 Memorial Cup hosting bids are down to two.

    The Chicoutimi Saguenéens and the Quebec Remparts are the teams remaining to host the CHL’s crown jewel tournament after the Wildcats announced they are withdrawing their bid in a classic war with the city of Moncton.

    The team attests that they were assured before they placed their bid that the city would provide the Wildcats and the Coliseum an “air makeup system” that would be able to control the temperature inside the building at an acceptable level for hockey in mid-May.

    In 2006, the ice conditions and the heat in the building were nearly too much for the fans to handle, and was a bone of contention with the organizing committee. So much so, that the CHL instituted a rule afterward stating that teams had to meet certain air standards in order to host the Memorial Cup. This new legislation keeps Moncton on the outside looking in.

    The city had budgeted around $350,000 for a dehumidification system in the aging Coliseum, built in 1972.

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  • QMJHL Preview: Despite expected hangover, Halifax should still win the Maritimes division

    Mackenzie Weegar, now a 19-year-old defenceman, will be key for Halifax (Mike Carroccetto for Yahoo! Canada Sports)

    With the QMJHL season starting Thursday, we will look at each division in the Q and make 14 fun facts and fearless forecasts for the upcoming 2013-14 season. This is the Maritimes Division. The West and East Divisions were posted Tuesday and Wednesday.

    The Halifax Mooseheads had a season of dreams last year, winning the Memorial Cup and finishing at the top of the QMJHL in fine fashion. The CHL’s no. 1 team enjoyed a dominating season, playoff and capped it off with a Memorial Cup victory.

    Other than that, the division was one of disappointments. The Moncton Wildcats, Acadie-Bathurst Titan and now-former P.E.I. Rocket made runs last season, only to be knocked out in the first round swiftly. The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles made barely a whimper, finishing in the league basement.

    This season, expect a similar outcome for teams with completely different paths. It could be wide open, but it will be the worst division of the three in the QMJHL. It is a very real possibility that only one team will finish over .500 by season’s end.

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