Thursday, November 23, 2017

Mooseheads release 2019 Memorial Cup campaign

The Halifax Mooseheads have launched their campaign to host the 2019 Memorial Cup.

The Mooseheads released the following video on social media Thursday night.
The Mooseheads are the first team to release a campaign like this for 2019. Both the Saint John Sea Dogs and Moncton Wildcats have previously expressed interest in hosting, but it has been quiet on both fronts for some time.

At last check, teams were expected to submit official applications in December.

In 2012, the Sea Dogs produced a similar campaign to the Mooseheads'... and we all know how that ended.

Porter back on the east coast

As has been evident this week, the hockey world works in cycles.

Earlier this week it was revealed that defenceman Marcus Tesink - who had been with the Saint John Sea Dogs all season - was joining the BCHL's Chilliwack Chiefs. Tesink was joining the team in part because Chiefs defenceman Brendon O'Reilly had left the team to join the Sea Dogs.

On Thursday, former Sea Dogs goaltender Cody Porter announced on social media that he was joining the MHL's Amherst Ramblers. Porter may get some playing time because the Ramblers' regular backup, Joel Goguen, recently signed as an affiliate with Saint John and has been backing up Matt Williams with Alex D'Orio injured.
The roster shuffling is particularly interesting because its happening on different coasts. Tesink goes from Saint John to the BCHL; O'Reilly from the BCHL to Saint John; and Porter from Saint John to the BCHL to Amherst.

Porter, 20, appeared in two games with Saint John this season, recording a 1-1 record to go along with a 2.54 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. His one win was a shutout victory over the Charlottetown Islanders.

After being let go by the Sea Dogs, Porter joined the West Kelowna Warriors.

The Sea Dogs recently called up two Ramblers - Goguen and defenceman Thomas Ashe. Amherst's leading scorer and captain is ex-Dog Jordan King.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 5-4

FINAL: Saint John 5, Cape Breton 4
SYDNEY, NS - The Saint John Sea Dogs seem to enjoy playing at Centre 200.

The Sea Dogs picked up another win in Sydney this season - their second - on Wednesday night, defeating the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5-4.

Williams Poirier scored a pair of goals while singles came from Samuel Leblanc, Matt Green and Thomas Ashe. Nick Deakin-Poor had two assists. Matt Williams made 27 stops in the win.

It was a solid road win by the Sea Dogs, who have now won two of their past three games - a good stretch for a team that has won six games all season.

It was nice to see some of the Saint John's secondary scoring step up in this game - and it was nice to see the Sea Dogs win a game through even strength scoring. Saint John's penalty kill also came through when it had to, especially in the third period.

Both the Sea Dogs and Screaming Eagles were missing regulars due to suspensions and injuries.

Cape Breton had two goals from Brooklyn Kalmikov and solo markers from Jordan Ty Fournier and Leon Gawanke. Kyle Jessiman allowed five goals on 15 shots in just under 40 minutes of play. Kevin Mandolese stopped all seven shots he faced in relief.

Game Day 25: at Cape Breton

SYDNEY, NS - The Saint John Sea Dogs will look to get back on track tonight in Cape Breton after a rough outing on Sunday in Charlottetown.

Following a strong 7-2 win in Halifax last Friday, the Sea Dogs were thumped 6-2 by the Islanders on Sunday.

The Sea Dogs will look get back in the win column tonight when they face the Screaming Eagles. Game time is 7 p.m. at Centre 200.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are 5-13-4-2 for 16 points (6th Maritimes, 17th QMJHL) while the Screaming Eagles are 12-9-1-1 for 26 points (5th Maritimes, 10th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-2 loss in Charlottetown on Sunday. Ostap Safin and Alexis Girard had Saint John goals. Matt Williams made 38 stops in the loss. The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 5-2 win in Moncton on Sunday. Tyler Hylland, Egor Sokolov, Phelix Martineau, Mathias Laferriere and Peyton Hoyt scored for the Screaming Eagles. Kevin Mandolese made 40 stops in the win.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-1-1-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 2-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 22 at Harbour Station where the Screaming Eagles defeated the Sea Dogs 6-5 in overtime. Drake Batherson netted a hat trick for Cape Breton while singles came from Brooklyn Kalmikov, Ryan Francis and Adam McCormick. Daniel Hardie, Ostap Safin, Samuel Leblanc, Matt Green and Alexandre Lafreniere scored for Saint John. Kevin Mandolese was pulled after allowing two goals on eight shots. Kyle Jessiman made 19 saves in relief. Alex D'Orio made 33 saves in the loss.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dogs will have different look Wednesday

SYDNEY, NS - The Saint John Sea Dogs will have a different looking lineup on Wednesday night when they face the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at Centre 200.

The Sea Dogs announced on Tuesday that defenceman Thomas Ashe has been recalled from the MHL's Amherst Ramblers. The 17-year-old is in his first season with the Ramblers, recording one goal in 18 games.

Ashe, 6’0″ and 182 lbs., was a ninth-round pick of Saint John in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft. He has yet to appear in a regular season Q game - which will likely change tomorrow.

With Samuel Duchesne suspended for Wednesday's match, Brendan O'Reilly's unknown injury status and Marcus Tesink no longer with the club, the Sea Dogs were down to five defencemen prior to Ashe's recall.

O'Reilly was injured early in Sunday's Sea Dogs loss in Charlottetown. Duchesne will serve a one-game suspension on Wednesday for taking part in a second fight during the same stoppage on Sunday. Tesink, meanwhile, has reportedly joined the BCHL's Chilliwack Chiefs - the team O'Reilly left to join the Sea Dogs.
The Chiefs are hosting the RBC Cup this year.

Tesink appeared in 15 games with Saint John, recording two assists. He had not appeared in a game since Nov. 10.

The Sea Dogs will also be without forwards Cole Reginato and Robbie Burt on Wednesday due to suspensions. Goaltender Alex D'Orio missed both of last weekend's games due to an injury.

Game time at Centre 200 is 7 p.m.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Three Sea Dogs suspended

SYDNEY, NS - Suspensions have been handed down for Sunday's third period altercation between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Charlottetown Islanders.

The suspensions for the Sea Dogs are as follows:

  • Six games for Cole Reginato - four for physical abuse towards an official; one for being an aggressor; and one for code accumulation.
  • Two games for Robbie Burt for boarding.
  • One game for Samuel Duchesne for second fight on the same stoppage of play.

The only Islander to be suspended, as expected, was Drew Hunter, who fought Duchesne in what was the second fight of the same stoppage.

All of this took place after Burt put a huge hit - which resulted in a two-game suspension - on Charlottetown's Samuel Meisenheimer.

Wednesday's altercation came as a surprise as the Sea Dogs have been playing quite disciplined of late and have faced very little supplementary discipline this season compared to year's past.

The Sea Dogs lead the QMJHL in fights this season with 16.

Reginato, Burt and Duchesne will miss Saint John's Wednesday game in Sydney against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The loss of Reginato, who started Sunday's game on the top line with Joe Veleno and Ostap Safin, is a big one.