Lagacé and D’Orso earn TELUS player of the week awards

By League Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, February 2, 2009 – Chicoutimi Saguenéens forward Jacob Lagacé and Val-d’Or Foreurs goaltender Raffaele D’Orso today were named the TELUS offensive and defensive players of the week for the period extending from January 26 to February 1.

Lagacé collected five goals, including a shorthanded maker, and added three helpers in three Saguenéens wins. Moreover, he posted a +6 rating. Lagacé had his best game of the season on Saturday, registering four goals and one assist in a 10-5 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Chicoutimi is third in the TELUS Eastern division standings with 44 points.

Cédric Lalonde-McNicoll (Cataractes), Nicolas Deschamps (Saguenéens) and Dmitri Kugryshev (Remparts) were also considered.

Backstop Raffaele D’Orso is the award-winner on defence. In three Foreurs wins, D’Orso blocked an astounding 133 shots to finish the week with a 1.33 goals-against-average and .971 save percentage. Moreover, he posted a shutout, pushing away 48 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Juniors. With points in six of their last ten games, the Foreurs are making a late-season push to earn one of the final two playoff spots.

Drew Paris (Saguenéens), Marco Scandella (Foreurs) and Marc-André Bourdon (Océanic) were also strong candidates.

Source: QMJHL – D.D. & Karl Jahnke