Monday, November 10, 2008

The Winners Are

QMJHL Players of the Week

BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, November 10, 2008 – Drummondville Voltigeurs forward Yannick Riendeau and Shawinigan Cataractes netminder Timo Pielmeier today were named the TELUS offensive and defensive players of the week for the period extending from November 3 to 9.

In two games, Riendeau recorded five goals and two assists while posting a +4 rating. The Drummondville offence was on full display during a double-header versus the Lewiston MAINEiacs this week-end. The Voltigeurs defeated the MAINEiacs 13-4 and 7-1 to tie the franchise record for most goals in one game on the road with thirteen. Head coach Guy Boucher’s troops have won seven of their last ten contests and sit in second place in the TELUS Central division standings.

Chris Doyle (Rocket), Tomas Knotek (Mooseheads) and Guillaume Goulet (Drakkar) were also considered.

Timo Pielmeier gets the nod at the defensive end. The Cataractes’ goaltender was stellar in two road wins versus the Montreal Juniors and the Quebec Remparts, posting a 1.00 goals-against-average and .960 save percentage. The German native, a third round draft pick in 2007 (San Jose), is second in the QMJHL in goals-against-average at 2.09 and tied for second in wins with 12. Shawinigan has won twelve straight, one short of the franchise record.

Jake Allen (Juniors), Jordon Southorn (Rocket) and Marc-André Bourdon (Huskies) were also strong candidates.
Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Cody Hodgson of the Brampton Battalion is the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 9. Hodgson scored five goals and four assists for nine points with a plus-minus rating of plus-6 in three games played.

Hodgson led the Battalion to a 3-0-0-0 record this week increasing their winning streak to 11 games. On Thursday night he scored four goals including the game winning goal and added an assist in an 8-4 victory at home over the Plymouth Whalers earning first star of the game honours. Hodgson would score the game winner again Friday night when he opened the scoring late in the first period and would add two assists in the 4-0 road win over the Sudbury Wolves. Hodgson was named the game’s second star. Hodgson would contribute a single assist for the Battalion Sunday in a 7-1 win over the Belleville Bulls.

Hodgson, an 18-year-old from Markham, ON was selected in the first round, tenth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He is in his third season with the Battalion and has 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in 12 games played. Last season Hodgson recorded 40 goals and 45 assists for 85 points in 68 games. Hodgson has been named to the roster for Team OHL and will compete in the 2008 ADT Canada Russia Challenge November 20 in Guelph, ON and November 24 in St. Catharines, ON.

Honourable mention this week goes to a pair of Peterborough Petes, Pat Daley and rookie Ryan Spooner. Daley had a six point night in a 10-2 win over the Oshawa Generals scoring two goals and four assists and would finish the week with eight points. That same game Spooner had a goal and five assists and would finish the week with seven points. Between the pipes this week, Jaroslav Janus of the Erie Otters went 3-0-0-0 including a 3-0 shutout win over the Barrie Colts.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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