Monday, October 7, 2013

Poirier, Gazzola and Clapperton named the TELUS three stars of the week

Press Release

Emile Poirier, Randy Gazzola and Christopher Clapperton were named today the TELUS three stars of the week for September 30 to October 6, 2013.

Emile Poirier, the Gatineau Olympiques forward, scored 3 goals and added 3 assists for a total of 6 points, helping him grab the first star of the week in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He netted 2 winning goals and another on a  penalty kill. Poirier scored 1 goal and added 1 assist for each one of the games played against Charlottetown, Quebec and Sherbrooke. In a 3-1 win against the Quebec Remparts, he scored the winning goal which was also the 1400th win in the 41 year history of the Hull/Gatineau franchise. In Sherbrooke on Sunday, Poirier was named the 1st star for having scored the winning goal in a 5-4 win.

Randy Gazzola the Val-d’Or Foreurs defenseman tallied 6 assists, a +/- of +6 and 7 shots on goal earning him the second star of the week. In each one of his two weekend games he had 3 assists. He and his teammates defeated in turn Charlottetown (9-4) and Shawinigan (4-2). Gazzola  currently leads league  defenseman in scoring, with 13 points (2 goals and 11 assists).

On top of being named the second star last week and the third star for the month of September, Christopher Clapperton, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward, is today named the third star for this week as well. In 2 games played, he collected 6 points, including 5 assists. He was named the 2nd star in each of the games played and had 3 points in every occasion. Friday, against the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Armada won 4-1 and Clapperton made 3 assists on power plays. Moreover, five of his six points were registered on the power play this week. Sunday against the Quebec Remparts, in a 3-2 win, his 1st of 3 points was also his 150th of the regular season in the QMJHL. He’s played 8 consecutive games with at least one point and registered an assist on the winning goal, scored in overtime by his teammate Daniel Walcott. As of October 7, he is ranked first of the top scorers, with a total of 20 points (6 goals and 14 assists). Clapperton owns in 59% of the total offense of his team thus far The Armada, having won both games this weekend is listed 1st in the overall Standings with 16 points and an unblemished 8-0 record since the start of the season.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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