Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Cédric Lalonde-McNicoll of the Shawinigan Cataractes is the Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 26. Lalonde-McNicoll scored three goals and four assists for seven points in three games.
Lalonde-McNicoll and the Cataractes began the week at home Tuesday night tied 1-1 in their QMJHL semi-final series against the Quebec Remparts. He opened the scoring early in the second period with his eighth goal of the post-season and would add two more goals in the third period to complete the hat-trick as first star of the 4-1 win. On Wednesday night trailing 3-0 after the first period of game four, Lalonde-McNicoll led the offensive comeback scoring the first goal early in the second period to get his team on the board. He assisted on the second goal and the game-winner for three points on the night as first star of the 5-4 win. Lalonde-McNicoll added two assists Friday night as the Cataractes defeated the Remparts 6-1 to win the series in five games. They will now face the Drummondville Voltigeurs for the President Cup.
Lalonde-McNicoll, a 20-year-old from Longueuil, QC, is in his fourth full QMJHL season with the Cataractes. In 14 playoff games he has scored 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points. Signed as a free agent by the Colorado Avalanche, he led his team and finished third overall in regular season scoring with 104 points.
Matt Duchene of the Brampton Battalion was nominated from the OHL for scoring four goals and one assist for five points in three games. His week was highlighted by scoring a hat-trick as first star in the 7-4 win Friday in game six over the Belleville Bulls to help the Battalion capture the Bobby Orr Trophy as Eastern Conference Champions. They will now face the Windsor Spitfires in the Rogers OHL Championship Series for the J. Ross Robertson Cup. The WHL’s nominee Kris Foucault scored two goals and an assist for three points in two games to lead the Calgary Hitmen to a four-game series sweep over the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship Series. He was named the most valuable player of the series. The Hitmen will now face the Kelowna Rockets for the Ed Chynoweth Cup.
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