DOBSON WINS QMJHL TITLE, PLAYOFF MVP
Noah Dobson won the QMJHL championship and playoff MVP on Saturday, as the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies eliminated the Halifax Mooseheads in six games in the President Cup Final.
This marked the second straight championship for Dobson, who also captured the President Cup last season with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Dobson, the Islanders' 2018 first-round pick (12th overall) took home the Guy Lafleur Trophy as playoff MVP after recording 29 points (8G 21A) in 20 games, leading all defensemen in playoff scoring and tying for third league wide.
Dobson is the fifth defenseman to win the Guy Lafleur Trophy and first since Thomas Chabot in 2016-17.
Dobson recorded a pair of assists in Rouyn-Noranda's 4-0 series-clinching win on Satutrday, including a helper on the game-winning goal. Dobson's 29 playoff points more than doubled his previous career-high of 13.
With a second QMJHL title on his resume, Dobson now seeks his second straight Memorial Cup.
DURANDEAU LOSES QMJHL FINAL:
Dobson's win came at the expense of fellow Islanders prospect - and Halifax Mooseheads forward - Arnaud Durandeau.
Durandeau, the Isles' 2017 sixth-round pick (165th overall), had a productive playoff, recording 20 points (10G, 10A) in 23 games. Durandeau had his eight-game point streak snapped in Halifax's 4-0 loss in Game 6, but finished eighth in overall playoff scoring.
Despite the loss, Durandeau will play for the Memorial Cup, as the Mooseheads are hosting the junior showcase, which begins on Friday, May 17.
MEMORIAL CUP SCHEDULE:
The top tournament in Canadian junior hockey will begin on Friday in Halifax. (All times est.)
Host: Halifax Mooseheads
QMJHL Champion: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
OHL Champion: Guelph Storm
WHL Champion: Winner of Vancouver Giants/Prince Albert Raiders
Fri. May 17 | 7 p.m. - WHL vs Halifax
Sat. May 18 | 3:30 p.m. - Rouyn-Noranda vs Guelph
Sun. May 19 | 7 p.m. - Halifax vs Guelph
Mon. May 20 | 7 p.m. - Rouyn-Noranda vs WHL
Tues. May 21 | 7 p.m. - Guelph vs WHL
Wed. May 22 | 7 p.m. - Rouyn-Noranda vs Halifax
Tie-breaker - Thurs. May 23 | 7 p.m.
Semi-final - Fri. May 24 | 7 p.m.
Championship - Sun. May 26 | 7 p.m.