Gauthier, Danick

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-25-12

2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 vs Shawinigan Cataractes 7

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (holding), 0 Hits
MemCup Totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 8 PIM
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Two days after defeating the Cataractes, 4-1, the Sea Dogs were upset by Shawinigan, 7-4, to end their season and their reign as Memorial Cup champions. Shawinigan advanced to the Memorial Cup finals to play Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov and London on Sunday. Danick Gauthier was scoreless in the game and took a holding penalty in the third period when Saint John was battling back for a tie against a rested team energized by a deafening crowd.

While Saint John was winning their second straight QMJHL championship, Shawinigan was resting and practicing after getting knocked out of the postseason in the second round by Chicoutimi. Nevertheless, as hosts, they are included in the Memorial Cup tournament, and became the 8th host of the last 9 to make the finals. Two have won.

Shawinigan’s game winning goal came with just over six minutes left in the game from Yannick Veilleux (Blues), who tipped a Morgan Ellis (Canadiens) point shot past Blue Jackets prospect Mathieu Corbeil. They added two empty net goals in the closing minutes.

As for Gauthier, he is signed to an NHL contract which will begin next year when he takes his spot in the Lightning system, likely in the AHL.

Congratulations to Gauthier for a career-season and to the Sea Dogs for a remarkable run as defending Memorial Cup champs.

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-23-12

2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 vs Shawinigan Cataractes 1

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +2, 5 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing), 3 Hits
MemCup Totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 6 PIM
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Saint John won for the second straight game to earn a spot in the Memorial Cup semifinals on Friday. Ryan Tesink (Blues) had a goal and was named first star and Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier assisted on an empty net goal by Jonathan Huberdeau (Panthers) help the Sea Dogs to the win. Thanks to Saint John’s win, London and Bolt prospect Vladislav Namestnikov earn an automatic berth in the finals on Sunday.

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-21-12

2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 vs Edmonton Oil Kings 2

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, +2, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing), 6 Hits
MemCup Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Saint John got in the win column at the 2012 Memorial Cup by defeating WHL champion Edmonton 5-2 on Monday night. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier had a deflection for his first goal of the tournament and led his team with six hits. Minnesota prospect Charlie Coyle was first star for Saint John with two assists. The Sea Dogs’ win means there is now a four-way tie for first place in the round robin tournament. The goal is to get an automatic bye to the finals. Saint John can do that by defeating Shawinigan on Wednesday, combined with Edmonton beating London on Tuesday. Vladislav Namestnikov and London can advance straight to the finals by beating Edmonton on Tuesday and having Saint John defeat Shawinigan on Wednesday. The loser of Tuesday’s game will play the loser of Wednesday’s game on Thursday in a tiebreaker game. The winner of that game advances to the semifinals.

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-19-12

2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 vs London Knights 5

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, -2, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), 4 Hits
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM
C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 2-0-2, E, 4 SOG, 2 PIM (holding the stick), 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 4-14-18, +10, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London defeated Saint John 5-3 Saturday night in the Memorial Cup opener for both teams. The loss was the Sea Dogs’ first in regulation in the post-season. London got two goals from Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov (pictured), who showed off his speed throughout the game. He led the team in shots as well. Predators prospect Austin Watson, the OHL playoff MVP, was first star for his goal and two assists for London. Danick Gauthier, also a Bolt prospect, led Saint John in faceoffs taken and tied for the team lead in hits with four. London will face tournament host Shawinigan on Sunday. (Note: We will have thoughts on the performances of both Namestnikov and Gauthier tomorrow due to DVR difficulties this evening.)

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-10-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 8 @ (7) Rimouski Oceanic 0
QMJHL Finals – Saint John wins best of 7 series 4-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-1-2, +2, 6 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing after the whistle), 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Saint John won their second straight President Cup as QMJHL champs by crushing the Oceanic 8-0 on Thursday in Rimouski. The Sea Dogs were up 5-0 at the end of the first period and coasted to a Memorial Cup berth. They finished the playoffs with a 12-1 record, their only loss coming in overtime in the semifinals. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier (pictured), an alternate captain for Saint John, had a goal and an assist in Game 4 to finish the playoffs with 13 goals in 17 games. Saint John will defend their Memorial Cup title starting May 18 in Shawinigan, Quebec.

Prospect of the Week (5.10.12)

This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions.

We wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

This week’s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Danick Gauthier, C, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL).

A “bonus pick” for the Lightning, Gauthier was signed to a free agent contract by the Bolts in March while Gauthier was on his way to a career year in the QMJHL for Saint John (47-39-86). Gauthier hasn’t slowed down in the playoffs, scoring 12 times in 16 playoff games while adding seven assists.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-9-12

QMJHL

(1) Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ (7) Rimouski Oceanic 4
QMJHL Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 3-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-0-2, E, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 12-7-19, +10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Danick Gauthier earned first star honors for scoring twice and Saint John moved within one win of the QMJHL championship Wednesday night with a 6-4 win in Rimouski. Gauthier’s goals gave the Sea Dogs leads of 3-1 and 5-2. Game 4 is Thursday night in Rimouski. If Saint John wins, they will claim their second-straight league championship and second-straight invitation to the Memorial Cup tournament. They won the Cup last season. This year the tournament is in Shawinigan, Quebec.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 4 @ (E1) Niagara IceDogs 1
OHL Finals – London leads best of 7 series 3-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM (closing hand on puck)
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 4-13-17, +9, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Namestnikov stretched his point streak to five games with what turned out to be the game-winning goal as London topped Niagara in St. Catherines 4-1 on Wednesday night. Undrafted yet draft eligible goaltender Michael Houser was first star for the Knights, stopping 36 of 37 shots. London was outshot 37-21 in the game. The Knights can win the OHL championship on Friday night at home. If they are successful, they will earn an invitation to the Memorial Cup.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-5-12

QMJHL

Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 3
QMJHL Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, E, 4 SOG, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 10-7-17, +10, 22 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Danick Gauthier scored the game’s opening goal and Saint John made an eventual 3-0 lead stand up to defeat Rimouski 3-2 and take Game 2 of the President Cup Final series. Gauthier, who scored his 10th goal of the postseason, extended his point streak to 7 games. He has at least a point in 12 of his last 13 playoff games and in 13 of 15 overall. He is tied for seventh in the league in goals scored during the playoffs. The Sea Dogs, who outshot the visitors 32-16, are now up two games to none on the Oceanic. Game 3 is Wednesday in Rimouski.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 5 @ (E1) Niagara IceDogs 3
OHL Finals – Best of 7 series tied 1-1

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross checking)
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 3-12-15, +9, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London earned a huge win on Saturday to take back home ice advantage in the OHL Finals. The Knights had lost to the IceDogs in double overtime at home on Thursday. Lightning 2011 first rounder Vladislav Namestnikov had an assist in Game 2 to give him points in three straight games and eight of his last nine games. London overcame a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals in Game 2. London was outshot 42-24 in the game. Andrew Agozzino (undrafted), a 40-goal scorer in the regular season for the second-straight year, had a hat trick for Niagara. He has 11 goals in the postseason. Game 3 is back in London on Monday night.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5-4-12

QMJHL

(7) Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 3 (2OT)
Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 1-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +1, 3 SOG, 4 PIM (high sticking, roughing after the whistle), 4 Hits
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 9-7-16, +10, 22 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Minnesota first rounder Zack Phillips scored halfway through the second overtime to lift the Saint John Sea Dogs to a 3-2 win in the opening game of the 2012 President Cup Finals. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier took a team-high 30 faceoffs for the Sea Dogs. He was second on the team in hits with four and earned an assist on a goal by Thomas Jurco (Red Wings), which gave Saint John a 2-0 lead in the first period. Game 2 of the series is Saturday night in Saint John.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-28-12

QMJHL

(8) Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 4 (OT)
Semifinals – Saint John wins best of 7 series 4-1

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, E, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 9-6-15, +9, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Capitals prospect Stanislav Galiev scored in overtime – his 10th goal in 12 playoff games – to win the game and series for Saint John over Chicoutimi. The Sea Dogs continued their defense of the Memorial Cup by advancing to the QMJHL Finals, where they will face the winner of Rimouski and Halifax. The Oceanic are up 3-2 after a 9-0 home win on Friday. Saint John cruised through the first two rounds of the playoffs, but lost their first game of the postseason and needed overtime in two others to get passed the Sags. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier assisted on the game’s opening goal, which was scored on the power play.

Elsewhere, in the OHL, Niagara eliminated Ottawa on Saturday. The IceDogs will face Vladislav Namestnikov and London in the OHL Finals beginning on Thursday in London.

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