LHJMQ Second Round Preview
I’m aware that the CHL is not a topic you guys hear about usually on this site. I’m living in Chicoutimi, Quebec Canada, we don’t have an NHL team, but we got LHJMQ junior hockey. The town lives and breathes for that league, one of three leagues that constitute the CHL (With the Ontario Hockey League, and the West hockey league.) Each league has playoffs, and then when we have three winners, they all meet up in a host town to play for the Memorial Cup (with the host team), one of the hardest trophies to get on earth!
First round is now over in the LHJMQ. Of the eight series, the logic has been respected in seven of them. The only “surprise” was from Gatineau beating Montreal. I say “surprise” because it was the series with the less difference in points between the two teams (4 in favor of Montreal). Here’s a preview of the Matchups of the second round.
#1 St-John Sea Dogs VS #12 Gatineau Olympiques
Not much to say on that series. The Olympiques are coming out of a seven game win and the Sea Dogs won their first round matchup against the P.E.I. Rockets in five games. P.E.I finished the season with 13 points better than Gatineau. The only thing that may help Gatineau is the long distance in between the two teams. Gatineau is used to long bus drive, so I give them one win because of the fatigue of the Sea Dogs’ players.
St-John Sea Dogs in 5
#2 Drummondville Voltigeurs Vs #9 Rimouski Oceanic
Before I stat dissecting this one, you have to know that the Océanic is my hometown team. I grew up in Rimouski watching the Lecavalier, Richards, and Crosby. But they just won their game seven versus the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, in ot, and it took a lot on the players. They were up 3-1 before seeing the Sags come back in the series with the last three games finishing by a one goal deficit. The Voltigeurs are also the only team to sweep their opening round series, so they’ll be rest up and ready for the opening faceoff Friday night. It’s the second year in a row that the two teams meet in the playoffs, and sadly it will be the same result.
Drummondville Voltigeurs in 6
#3 Québec Remparts VS #6 Victoriaville Tigres
In this series, Quebec has home-ice because the team won their division. In reality, Victoriaville finished with six more points and five more victory, in a much harder division. Still we can never eliminate Patrick Roy’s Remparts and I’m sure it will be the best series of the bunch. Both teams had a so-so opponent in the first round, Quebec winning in five, Victoriaville in six.
Quebec Remparts in 7
#4 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies Vs #5 Moncton Wildcats
Another series where the huskies have home-ice advantage because of their division title win. Because of the distance between the two towns, games 3-4-5 will be played in Moncton. So even if the huskies were to win one at home, the Wildcats would still have the opportunity to finish the series in 5 before them home crowd. When you take in consideration that Rouyn won the weakest division, and that Moncton still managed to get 102 points (3rd overall) in the toughest division, it’s really a no brainer.
Moncton Wildcats in 4