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QMJHL First Round Playoff Preview

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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PHOTO: Lewiston's Jonathan Paiement finished third among all QMJHL defensemen with 51 assists in 2004-05.

#11 Drummondville vs. #6 Moncton (Bruce Graham)
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o After holding the league's best record for most of the season, Moncton began to lose some top players to injuries and finished the 2004-'05 regular season with 84 points with a record of 37-23-8-2
o Drummondville ended the season with 71 points and a record of 28-27-9-6
o Drummondville took 2 of 3 meetings from Moncton during the regular season, with the third and final game ending in a 2-2 deadlock
o The two points Drummondville was awarded for their 2nd victory against Moncton were taken away and given to the Wildcats due to the fact that Drummondville used illegal players
o Graham skated in two of Moncton's three meetings vs Drummondville but did not factor into the scoring
o Steve Bernier led Moncton in all offensive categories with 35 goals and 36 assists for 71 points
o For Drummondville, Louis-Philippe Martin (37-28-65) led the team in goals, while Derrik Brassard (25-51-76) led them in assists, and Guillaume Latendresse (29-49-78) was the high scorer
o In the 3-game season series between these teams, Kevin Glode (2-0-2) led Moncton, and Louis-Philippe Martin (4-3-7) paced Drummondville
o Although sitting out for 22 games with a foot injury, Graham finished the season with 23 goals, 19 assists, and 42 points in 47 games

#10 Lewiston (Jonathan Paiement) vs. #7 Shawinigan
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o Lewiston finished the regular season with 72 points, having gone 32-30-8-0, good for 72 points
o Shawinigan tallied 76 points during the 2004-'05 regular season, putting together a record of 31-25-12-2
o Neither team finished the season strong as Lewiston was 4-5-1-0 in their last 10, while Shawinigan was just 2-5-3-0 over the span
o Lewiston was 0-2-1 against Shawinigan during the regular season
o Paiement appeared in 2 games against Shawinigan and recorded a goal in their final meeting, a 3-3 draw
o In the three meetings between these teams during the regular season, Mathieu Aubin (2-1-3) paced Moncton, while Simon-Pierre Sauve (4-1-5) led the charge for Shawinigan
o Alex Bourret (31-55-86) lead Lewiston in both assists and points, while Alexandre Picard (40-45-85) was the team's leader in goals
o For Shawinigan, Sebastien Courcelles (32-21-53) was the leader in goals scored, while Benoit Mandou (16-43-59) paced the Cataractes in assists and points
o Paiement finished the regular season with 11 goals, 51 assists, and 62 points, ranking him 3rd amongst QMJHL defensemen in assists, second on his team in assists, and third on his team in both points and penalty minutes (198)
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