Friday, November 18, 2016

Team QMJHL completes sweep of Russia

BAIE-COMEAU - Team QMJHL completed a two-game sweep of Russia last night to wrap up the 2016 edition of the CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Maxime Comtois scored twice while singles came from Gabriel Fontaine and Jean-Christophe Beaudin in the 4-1 victory. Alexandre Fortin added two assists and Even Fitzpatrick made 19 saves in the victory.

Both Thomas Chabot and Mathieu Joseph were held pointless on the night. Joseph seemed to be involved in the play more than in Tuesday's game, and was given quite a bit of ice time in the third period.

Joseph finished the tournament with two shots on goal and no points. While he may not have drastically improved his chances of getting an invite to Canada's world junior camp during the series, he certainly didn't hurt them. And with 19 goals in 19 games with Saint John this year, it's hard to imagine him not getting a camp invite - but far stranger things have happened with Hockey Canada.

Meanwhile, Chabot had one goal and two shots in the two games. He's a lock to make Team Canada and should be given one of larger defensive roles on the team.

Canada's selection camp will take place Dec. 11-14 in Blainville-Boisbriand.

A couple other notes...
  • Former Sea Dogs forward Nikita Li finished the series with one goal and 11 shots in the six games.
  • This was the first time in three years that Team QMJHL won both of its games against Russia.
  • The CHL also announced that a select number of jerseys from the Canada Russia Series will be auctioned off online. Proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society - in honour of Sea Dogs equipment manager David "DK" Kelly.

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