Stransky and Girard earn TELUS player of the week awards

By League Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, December 29, 2008 – Halifax Mooseheads forward Jan Stransky and Shawinigan Cataractes goaltender Gabriel Girard today were named the TELUS offensive and defensive players of the week.

Stransky, who was acquired by the Mooseheads from the Olympiques via a trade this week-end, recorded three goals and two helpers in two contests. Stransky enjoyed his best game of the week yesterday, collecting an assist on the game-tying goal and registering the game-winner a few moments later in the final stages of the third period during a 6-5 victory over the Sea Dogs at Harbour Station. He had a total of four points in the win.

Joël Champagne (Rocket), Nicolas Deschamps (Saguenéens) and Chris Doyle (Rocket) were also considered.

On the defensive side, Gabriel Girard is the award winner. In two starts, the Cataractes netminder recorded two wins while posting a 1.92 goals-against-average and .951 save percentage. In the first-ever game played in the new rink in Shawinigan on Saturday, Girard made thirty save in a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Juniors. He was later named the game’s first star. The next day, he pushed away forty-eight shots and stumped two skaters in the shootout to help the Cataractes defeat the Voltigeurs in Drummondville 4-3.

Nicola Riopel (Wildcats), Dominic Jalbert (Saguenéens) and Maxime Robichaud (Tigres) were also strong candidates.

Source: QMJHL – D.D. & Karl Jahnke