Mr. (Early) January: Raphaël Lavoie

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Raphaël Lavoie has been turning heads in 2018.

The Halifax Mooseheads sophomore is currently on a tear scoring a league-high 12 points in just five games in January.

Lavoie is riding a six-game scoring streak dating back to New Year’s Eve. The lanky forward has not only scored a point in his previous six games; he’s scored multiple points in each of his last six games. Only Blainville-Boisbriand Armada dynamo – and QMJHL leading scorer – Alex Barré-Boulet has achieved this feat scoring multiple points in seven consecutive games earlier this season. Barré-Boulet has nine points in six games so far in January.

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Seven of Lavoie’s 12 points have been goals. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward Declan Smith is the only other player to have scored seven goals this month after completing a hat-trick on Friday in a 4-1 victory over the lowly Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Barré-Boulet and Val-d’Or Foreurs import Maxim Mizyurin each have six goals in January.

Perhaps even more impressive, Lavoie has scored the game-winning goal in three of the last four Mooseheads wins including two overtime goals in the past several days. The Chambly, PQ native leads Halifax with six game-winning-goals this year and sits second overall in the QMJHL trailing only Barré-Boulet (11).

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Lavoie’s teammates have benefitted from his torrid pace. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Otto Sompii has a league-best eight assists in January while Jared McIsaac leads all QMJHL defensemen with six points in six games this month.

The 2016 second-round pick has 40 points in 43 games this season ranking fourth in team scoring and 20th in league scoring.

Lavoie will look to extend his scoring streak to six games on Saturday when the Mooseheads visit the Moncton Wildcats at the Moncton Coliseum.

 

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