The QMJHL's semi-finals have arrived! HockeyPoints are 11 for 12 in predicting series winners to date however I must admit that things have proceeded as expected, for the most part.
Entering this round, we're left to watch the top four teams from the regular season standings (top four in terms of season points earned) battle for a spot in the finals. Below is what we expect to transpire during the next two weeks.
Saint John Sea Dogs (1st overall) vs. Victoriavill Tigres (4th overall):
The Tigres have played well thus far but not yet have they faced a true challenger. Well Saint John is more than a challenger, they're one of the top ranked team in the country, and the favorite heading into this series. Victoriaville has the firepower to give the Sea Dogs a scare, but I don't like their defence as much as the Saint John D-corps. The only way I can see the Sea Dogs loose this series is if their goalie, Marco Cousineau, melts down and chokes. This is possible, but not very likely.
Prediction: Saint John wins in 6 games.
Drummondville Voltigeurs (2nd overall) vs. Moncton Wildcats (3rd overall):
This may be the most intriguing match up we'll see in the Q playoffs this year. Drummondville's Sean Courturier and Moncton's Nicolas Deschamps tied for the season scoring league this year. Both teams have excellent goaltending with Jake Allen playing for Drummondville and Nicola Riopel between the pipes for Moncton. They're probably the top two tenders in the league. Furthermore, each team features a huge NHL prospect. Moncton boast 2010 prospect defenseman Brandon Gormely, while the Volts have the potential 1st overall pick for the 2011 NHL entry draft in Sean Courturier (yes, the same guy mentioned above....he led the league in scoring as a 17 year old!). While I'll be cheering for Drummondville (and Jake Allen), my gut tells me that Moncton is still the favorite to win it all this year.
Prediction: Moncton Wildcats win in 7 games.
Enjoy Round 3!!!