10/6 Recap: Happier JGL producing; Fienhage logs first major

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (+1) posted an assist Wednesday as Rimouski downed Chicoutimi, 4-3. The helper came with the man advantage late in the second period to tie the game 3-3 heading into the break. Alexander Lavoie ('11) potted a pair of goals for the losing side.

Prior to the game, Gauthier-Leduc told L'Avantage that he prefers the freer style of the Rimouski system to that of his previous club, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Continuant sur la même ligne, Jérôme ajoute que « c’est certain que j’ai plus de marge de manœuvre ici qu’à Rouyn-Noranda. J’aime le style de jeu, le système de jeu de Rimouski. On a plus le droit de contrôler la rondelle, et il y a toutes sortes de détails qui font que j’aime plus ça ici.»

Translation: "I have more leeway here. I like the style. I can control the puck more. There are many reasons why I like it better here..."

Also from the QMJHL, Cedrick Henley set up the game winning goal as Val-d'Or used a balanced attack to defeat the CHL's #4 ranked team Drummondville, 4-2. Sean Couturier ('11) scored his eighth goal of the season for the Voltigeurs.

In the WHL, Corey Fienhage was -1 while earning his first major-junior fighting major as Kamloops lost to Spokane, 4-3. Trailing 2-0 after the first, the 6'4, 221-pound rearguard was looking to give his team a spark despite the Blazers only have five healthy blueliners for the tilt. The Kamloops broadcast team questioned the decision, but either way one has to think the rugged Fienhage was eager to get a mark on his fight card after two seasons of inconsistent action in Grand Forks.

Elsewhere, Matt MacKenzie posted a shiny +5 while logging major minutes as Calgary dumped Medicine Hat, 5-2. Solid in both ends, the 18-year old took a hooking penalty early that allowed Emerson Etem to get the Tigers off to a 1-0 lead. Defenseman Peter Kosterman ('11) notched his first career WHL goal for the Hitmen.

Brayden McNabb chipped in an assist as Kootenay was dominated by Prince George, 6-3. The physical McNabb, who finished the night at -2, rounded out his line with a kneeing penalty late in the second period.

Riley Boychuk was even as Portland downed Everett, 5-3. The 6'5 power forward was called for a goaltender interference penalty early in the third that his teammates were able to burn off.

On Tuesday, Kevin Sunder finished even as Chilliwack eeked out a 2-1 win over Spokane. The 6'0 center has yet to record a point in his first two games of the season.

In Monday exhibition play, Justin Jokinen was held scoreless as Minnesota State edged the University of British Columbia, 1-0. Jokinen saw power play time for the Mavs and is expected to be a significant contributor for the team that many is picking to be near the bottom of the WCHA heap.
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