Saturday January 27 2018 @ 7:15 – St.Eustache
Game Description: Two first period goals by Vikings was quickly washed away. Notre-Dame scored less than 2 minutes into the second and would add two more to take this tight one 3-2. Notre –Dame goalie, and Rimouski prospect, Audet had 31 saves.
Étienne Arseneau #2 (LD, L, Notre-Dame, 6’03”, 167lbs, 2002) – Étienne is a big, smooth skating defender. At 6’3”, he moves his feet quite well, utilizing his long, powerful strides to break out of the zone. He uses his reach to be very effective with poke checks and keeping his gap control when he’s defending 1 on 1. His coached used him on a 5 on 3 PK scenario and he kept the front of the net clear, as well as blocking 3 shots. Look for him to finish the season strong and be at the combine in Late April. Grade: A
Zachary Cormier #57 (LD, L, Notre-Dame, 6’00”, 146lbs, Late 2002) – Cormier is a stay at home shut down D man. He’s a good skater with an active stick. He likes to throw the other team offside and plays a very steady defensive game, minimizing his defensive mistakes. Back next year as a 16 year old, look to see his offensive side grow.
Noah Gaudette #21 (LW, L, Vikings, 5’11”, 155lbs, Late 2002) – Noah continues to get better each game. The player who started the season slow, due to a leg injury that sidelined him for over a month, has his skating at a major midget level. He has good hockey sense and sees the ice well. He has an accurate shot and finds a way to get it through. Being on a much older team, he should see his points go up next season as a go to guy. Grade: C+
Xavier Fortin #23 (LW, L, Vikings, 5’09”, 144lbs, 2002) – Fortin combines skills and speed to be a very crafty player each shift. He explodes on his first two strides and is able to create separation easily. His skills allow him to beat players one on one, setting up his peers regularly. I would like to see him work on his shot. He doesn’t shoot the puck enough and he lacks power behind the shot. Grade: C+
Alexis Bélisle #17 (C, R, Vikings, 5’08”, 147lbs, 2002) – Energy and never quit attitude make Bélisle an attractive prospect. He is a decent skater as far as speed goes, but his technique is a bit choppy. If he wants to play at the next level he will have to work on his skating. He plows his way to the front of the net and makes sure he gets to where he wants to go. In front, Alexis picks up garbage goals and is always the one in those dirty areas. He’s scrappy and feisty and should be able to crack a QMJHL roster at 17, if he is willing to play on the bottom 6. Grade: C
Charles-Antoine Élément #44 (RD, L, Notre-Dame, 5’09”, 145lbs, 2002) – Called up from minor midget Albatros, Élément looked really good for the amount of ice he got. He’s a good skater who keeps his feet moving and has a pretty good stride. He has a decent shot. Not only does it have some weight to it, he seems to get it on net most times. He will be looking to continue to impress his coach and earn himself a spot next year on this team permanently. Grade: C
Félix Saindon #22 (LW, L, Notre-Dame, 5’08.25”, 172lbs, 2002) – Playing on the 4th line and in a tight game on the road, Saindon didn’t see much ice time. His skating needs a work, and combined with his small stature, it’s hard to see him making the jump at the next level. He will need a strong summer working on explosive movement, hopefully translating into a faster skating stride. Grade: D