Montreal Canadiens prospects Charles Hudon and Jeremy Gregoire played a major role in their first round QMJHL victory with the Baie Comeau Drakkar, finishing off the Shawinigan Cataractes in a four game sweep last night.
Gregoire was a 6th round pick by the Montreal Canadiens in last June’s NHL Draft, and Hudon was selected by the Habs in the 5th round of the 2012 draft. The pair led the first place Drakkar in regular season scoring. Charles Hudon scored 76 points in 57 games split between the Chicoutimi Sagueneens and Baie Comeau, and Gregoire scored 35 goals and 69 points in 65 regular season games.
The Drakkar entered the series as heavy favorites, finishing first overall in the QMJHL standings with 99 points and facing the 16th ranked Cataractes who had just 49 points in the regular season. Baie Comeau delivered on that expectation, sweeping away Shawinigan in four games and allowing just four goals in the process.
The Drakkar won the opening game 5-1, with Gregoire leading the way with a goal and an assist. Hudon also chipped in with an insurance goal. Game two was the tightest of the series on the scoreboard, but the Drakkar outshot Shawinigan 64-29 on their way to a 3-1 victory. Gregoire had an assist and Hudon scored his second of the series in the win. Amazingly, the pair of Habs prospects combined for 20 shots on goal in the game, with Hudon scoring on one of his 11 shots, and Gregoire being turned aside nine times.
The scene shifted to Shawinigan for game three but the story remained the same. The Cataractes were outshot 53-26 with Gregoire firing 11 shots on goal and Hudon adding seven more. Gregoire had one goal and Hudon grabbed a pair of assists in the 3-0 win for Baie Comeau.
Baie Comeau finished off their impressive sweep last night with a 6-2 thumping in Shawinigan. Once again the pair of Habs picks led the way with Gregoire scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist, and Hudon scoring once and assisting on two others.
In total, Gregoire scored four goals and three assists for seven points, and Hudon also collected seven points on three goals and four helpers.
The Drakkar now await their second round opponent, and as the top seed in the league, they will host the lowest seed that advances through the opening round.