We are down to 4 in the race for the QMJHL Title and it's going to be a battle between the top 2 in the Central & Atlantic Division's as all 4 teams with the best records are left in the playoffs. Due to Victoriaville & Moncton not winning the divisions, they were officially seeded as the #1, #2, #5 & #6 teams in the playoffs the Voltigeurs are hoping to successfully defend the Championship and to get back to the Memorial Cup.
Voltigeurs forwards Gabriel Dumont is leading the QMJHL in playoff points with 17 points (10G 7A) and is also leading the playoffs in goals with 10. Other offensive threats include Christopher Didomenico and Sean Couturier who both have 15 points so far in the playoffs and this threesome is going to give the Moncton Wildcats strong defense all it can handle in the Semifinals.
Moncton is hoping to use their defense to stifle the Voltigeurs offense as the Wildcats have given up 4 or more goals just twice in the playoffs and for OT Play, it could be important as well as Moncton has won all 3 OT Games so far in the playoffs. Moncton's offense will be lead by Kelsey Tessier and Randy Cameron who lead the team with 8 goals.
However, will secondary scoring be a factor in a series where high scoring games will probably happen as no one else has more then 4 goals so far. Can a player like Nicolas Deschamps or Marek Hrivik help in the secondary scoring to keep up with the Voltigeurs attack?
The Series between St. John & Victoriaville should be a great one as both teams are coming off Quarterfinal Sweeps and have been off since April 7. So fighting some rust will definitely be a factor early in the series. The Seadogs have lots of options for set up men as Michael Kirkpatrick, Nicholas Petersen and Simon Despres who each have double digit assists.
While players like Stanislav Galiev and Jonathan Huberdeau are among the goal scoring leaders with 9 goals in the first 2 rounds of the playoffs where Seadogs only lost came against the P.E.I. Rockets in Game 3 of the Divisional Round Series.
Victoriaville will need to have a strong team effort on offense as not a single player who has stood out in the scoring as the defense has lead the way. But without a strong offense, the Tigers could have some problems handling the speed and scoring ability of the Seadogs.
Both of these series are expecting to be long as the top 4 records will be going at it as the Drummondville Voltigeurs will look to defend the QMJHL Title while Victoriaville is looking to make an all Central Division Final for the 2nd straight year.
While Moncton & St. John are looking to make history as the first time we would have an all Atlantic Region Final for the QMJHL Championship as the two New Brunswick Teams are looking to have a rare Memorial Cup Chance for the Provence of New Brunswick.
Here's the QMJHL Semifinals will begin on Friday Night.
#1 St. John Seadogs VS. #6 Victoriaville Tigers
St. John Seadogs Road to the Memorial Cup
Regular Season Record: 53-12-3 109 PTS, 309 GF 187 GA
Divisional Round VS. P.E.I.: Game 1 8-3 W, Game 2 3-6 L, Game 3 3-0 W, Game 4 2-1 OTW, Game 5 7-2 W
Quarterfinals VS. Gatineau: Game 1 7-4 W, Game 2 7-2 W, Game 3 6-0, Game 4 4-2 W
St. John Scoring Leaders
Michael Kirkpatrick 9 GP 17 PTS (6G 11A, +13)
Nicholas Petersen 9 GP 15 PTS (4G 11A, +7)
Jonathan Huberdeau 9 GP 14 PTS (9G 5A, +14)
St. John Goaltending
Marco Cousineau 9 GP 8-1 2.10 GAA .918 SV%
Victoriaville Tigers Road to the Memorial Cup
Regular Season Record: 46-19-3 95 PTS, 296 GF 191 GA
Divisional Round VS. Shawinigan: Game 1 6-2 W, Game 2 1-2 L, Game 3 3-4 L, Game 4 4-1 W, Game 5 4-3 W, Game 6 2-1 OTW
Quarterfinals VS. Quebec City: Game 1 4-1 W, Game 2 4-2 W, Game 3 6-1 W, Game 4 4-2 W
Victoriaville Scoring Leaders
Phillip-Michael Devos 10 GP 16 PTS (6G 10A, +5)
Joel Champagne 10 GP 11 PTS (6G 5A, +1)
Travis Mcisaac 10 GP 11 PTS (6G 5A, -2)
Kevin Poulin 10 GP 8-2 1.86 GAA .943 SV%
All St. John Seadogs Home Games are @ Harbour Station Arena
All Victoriaville Tigers Home Games are @ Desjardins Coliseum
Game 1, 4/16: @ St. John 5:30 PM
Game 2, 4/17: @ St. John 6:00 PM
Game 3, 4/20: @ Victoriaville 6:00 PM
Game 4, 4/23: @ Victoriaville 6:00 PM
Game 5, 4/24: @ Victoriaville 3:00 PM*
Game 6, 4/26: @ St. John 5:00 PM*
Game 7, 4/28: @ St. John 5:00 PM*
#2 Drummondville Voltigeurs VS. #5 Moncton Wildcats
Drummondville Voltigeurs Road to the Memorial Cup
Regular Season Record: 51-15-2 104 PTS, 307 GF 185 GA
Div. Round VS. Lewiston: Game 1 7-2 W, Game 2 5-1 W, Game 3 5-1 W, Game 4 5-2 W
Quarterfinals VS. Rimouski: Game 1 5-4 OTW, Game 2 3-0, Game 3 2-5 L, Game 4 7-2 W, Game 5 6-1 W
Drummondville Scoring Leaders
Gabriel Dumont 9 GP 17 PTS (10G 7A, +15)
Christopher Didomenico 9 GP 16 PTS (5G 11A, +14)
Sean Couturier 9 GP 15 PTS (8G 7A, +16)
Jake Allen 9 GP 8-1 1.92 GAA .904 SV%
Moncton Wildcats Road to the Memorial Cup
Regular Season Record: 48-14-6 102 PTS, 276 GF 164 GA
Div. Round VS. Cape Breton: Game 1 6-3 W, Game 2 6-0 W, Game 3 3-2 OTW, Game 4 1-4 L, Game 5 4-0 W
Quarterfinals VS. Rouyn-Nornda: Game 1 6-1 W, Game 2 4-3 OTW, Game 3 7-2 W, Game 4 4-5 OTL, Game 5 3-1 W
Moncton Scoring Leaders
Kelsey Tessier 10 GP 15 PTS (8G 7A, +5)
Mark Barberio 10 GP 12 PTS (3G 9A, +6)
Marek Hrivik 10 GP 12 PTS (2G 10A, +9)
Nicola Riopel 10 GP 8-2 1.97 GAA .934 SV%
All Drummondville Voltigeurs Home Games are @ Marcel Dionne Center
All Moncton Wildcats Home Games are @ Moncton Coliseum
Game 1, 4/16: @ Drummondville 6:30 PM
Game 2, 4/18: @ Drummondville 3:00 PM
Game 3, 4/20: @ Moncton 5:30 PM
Game 4, 4/21: @ Moncton 5:30 PM
Game 5, 4/23: @ Drummondville 6:30 PM*
Game 6, 4/26: @ Moncton 5:30 PM*
Game 7, 4/28: @ Drummondville 6:30 PM*
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