Gratchev and Sawyer win TELUS player of the week awards

By League Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, February 5, 2007 – Rimouski Océanic forward Maxime Gratchev and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defenseman Jean-Claude Sawyer were named the TELUS offensive and defensive players of the week for the period extending from January 29 to February 4.

In three games, Gratchev scored five goals, including two game-winners, and added one assist. He played his best game against the Mooseheads on Sunday. Indeed, trailing 4-0, the Océanic mounted an unbelievable comeback as Gratchev scored twice and delivered the game-winner in the shootout to help the Océanic win 6-5 in Halifax. Following the contest, Gratchev was crowned the game’s first star. The Océanic have won their last six games and are trying to catch the Shawinigan Cataractes who are holding on to the last playoff spot in the TELUS division standings.

Jakub Voracek (2-7-9) of the Mooseheads, David Desharnais (2-6-8) of the Saguenéens and Ruslan Bashkirov (4-3-7) of the Remparts were also considered.

The defensive player of the week award goes to Jean-Claude Sawyer. In two games, the 20 year-old Cape Breton defenseman registered six points while maintaining a +5 differential. He played the best game of his career yesterday, against Drummondville, scoring three goals and adding three helpers in a 8-2 win. He is the only defenseman of the 2006-07 season to register a six-point game. Last year, only Patrick Coulombe of the Saguenéens and Kristopher Letang of the Foreurs accomplished the feat. The Screaming Eagles sit in third place in the Eastern division standings, only one point behind the Wildcats.

Goaltenders Mark Yetman (2-1-0; 1SO; 179 MIN; 2.00 GAA; .935 SAV%) of the Mooseheads and Peter Delmas (3-0-0; 185 MIN; 2.27 GAA; .921 SAV%) of the MAINEiacs as well as defenseman Billy Bezeau (1-8-9; +3) of the Remparts were also considered.

Source: QMJHL – Karl Jahnke