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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Couturier edges Jurco in 7-6 head-to-head barnburner

Well, if you were interested in knowing whether the points would come for Sean Couturier and Tomas Jurco in the QMJHL this season, the early returns are good.

Couturier vaulted into the top-10 scoring list for the league after potting a goal and two assists in his Drummondville club's 7-6 shootout win over Jurco's very deep and skilled Saint John Sea Dogs (who took Moncton to the league finals last spring). Couturier now has seven goals and 11 points in seven games with the Voltigeurs after leading the league with 96 points last season, the first time a Q-league top gun has not broken the 100-point plateau.

Although Jurco scored in the shootout (and Couturier did not) it was not enough, as the rest of his mates were denied. Alexandre Comtois and Ondrej Palat scored for the home team.

Jurco has six goals in as many games for a total of nine points and is 12th in league scoring. These two were the preseason 1-2 players in the 'Q', although scouts will tell you that there is quite a bit of difference in terms of the size, skill and upside between the two. Another Sea Dog expected to go high in the draft tallied in this game as well-- tall but lanky pivot Jonathan Huberdeau, who is off to a hot start (5-5-10 in 6 games) also scored for Saint John.

Still, it's nice to see such an exciting contest featuring these two, and after tonight, it's sure to bring up the level of discussion and infuse some energy in the race between now and the draft.
I can tell you one thing-- I sure would have liked to be in the Marcel Dionne Centre in Drummondville for this one!

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