Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday News & Notes

Our boy CJ profiles Sea Dogs defenseman Olivier LeBlanc.

Some other news and notes:

  • Former Sea Dogs goaltender Jason Churchill made 34 saves to help the Clarenville Caribous defeat the Bentley Generals 5-1 in the Allan Cup semi-final last night. Clarenville will now play host Dundas the in championship game today at 4pm. The game will be broadcast on TSN2.
  • Charlie Coyle scored his first career playoff goal in Minnesota’s 5-4 overtime Game 1 loss to Colorado. He had two assists in five post-season games with the Wild last year.
  • Tomas Jurco had one shot and two hits in 12:27 of ice time last night, helping the Detroit Red Wings upset the Boston Bruins 1-0 and take a 1-0 series lead.
  • As the Lewiston Sun Journal reports, Eric Gelinas holds a unique place in Lewiston hockey history. Gelinas is currently with the AHL’s Albany Devils.
  • More details on the QMJHL’s Gatorade Excellence Challenge have been released. The event will showcase the top draft eligible players from Atlantic Canada and Quebec. It takes place May 1-4 in Boisbriand.
  • Nathan Noel was one of the final cuts from the Canada’s under-18 team. Fellow QMJHL rookies Nicolas Roy and Jeremy Roy were also cut.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau was officially named to Canada’s World Championship team on Thursday. Additions will still be made to the roster but here’s a look at the first group who will be heading over.
  • Here’s video of Gerard Gallant getting inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Semi-Final Predictions

The President Cup semi-finals begin tonight. Here are our predictions:

Baie Comeau (1) vs Blainville-Boisbriand (5)
Kevin Chambers: The Drakkar are rolling at the right time and the team is buying into Eric Veilleux's game plan. The Armada were fortunate to get both Martel and Clapperton back as quickly as they did and also got Tesink back after his suspension ended. The Armada cannot try to run and gun with the Drakkar or they will get buried quickly. This will certainly be the toughest matchup for the Drakkar thus far.
Drakkar 4 - Armada 2

Jamie Tozer: Drakkar are coming off a sweep while the Armada are coming off a seven-game series win against a strong Rimouski squad. Even though they got some key players back, you have to wonder how much Blainville-Boisbriand will have left in the tank for this series. But even if they were fully charged, I still like the Drakkar in this one.
Drakkar 4 – Armada 1

Halifax Mooseheads (2) vs Va D'or (3)
Kevin: Halifax really hasn't faced a true test until now. Gatineau was good but struggled defensively and the goaltending was clearly in Halifax's favour in that series. The Foreurs had a tougher road, having to go through a good Voltigeurs team. They also have the league's MVP and top defenseman. Halifax will want to stay out of the box against this this team – but then again, this would be good advice for both teams.  I’m sticking with my President Cup prediction…
Foreurs 4 - Mooseheads 3

Jamie: Battle of the green jerseys. All eyes are going to be on the big Mantha vs Drouin matchup, meaning this series could come down to who has more depth. This could definitely be a tough test for the Moose. I’m sticking with my President Cup Final prediction as well, so…
Mooseheads 4 – Foreurs 2

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Huberdeau Added To Canada Roster

According to TSN, former Sea Dogs captain Jonathan Huberdeau has been added to Team Canada's roster for the upcoming IIHF World Championship.

TSN also reports that forwards Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres and Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets along with defenceman Jason Garrison of the Vancouver Canucks accepted invitations to play in the tournament which begins May 9 in Belarus.

This will be Huberdeau's first time playing for Canada's national men's team. The last time he represented Canada was at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship.

The Florida Panthers forward recorded nine goals and 19 assists in 69 games this past season.

Canada begins the tournament at 10:30 am AST on May 9 against France. All games will be on TSN.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Armada Eliminate Oceanic In Craziest Game Ever

The President Cup semi-finals are finally set.

In one of the craziest playoff games in the history of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada defeated the Rimouski Oceanic 8-7 in overtime of Game 7 to win the quarter-final series.

The Oceanic led 4-0 after one but the Armada eventually climbed all the way back and had a 6-5 lead midway through the third. Rimouski then scored twice to lead 7-6 late in the frame. But Nikita Jevpalovs tied the game with just three minutes to play to send the match into overtime.

At 12:59 of OT, Jevpalovs scored again to send the Armada into the semis and eliminate the Oceanic.

Former Sea Dogs forward Ryan Tesink scored twice in this game. He now has six goals and three assists in eight post-season games this year.

Blainville-Boisbriand will now face the regular season champion Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the semis. That series will presumably start on Friday in Baie-Comeau. It has the potential to be decent.

In the other series, the Halifax Mooseheads will take on the Val-d’Or Foreurs. That series begins on Friday at the Metro Centre.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wishing DK All The Best

Best of luck to Sea Dogs equipment manager David Kelly with his surgery and recovery.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday News & Notes

Via, Brett Gallant dropped the gloves and faced Montreal’s George Parros last night at the Bell Centre.

Some other news and notes…

  • In pleasantly surprising news, Bathurst was named one of the host cities for the 2014 Subway Super Series. The CHL announced yesterday that the KC Irving Regional Centre will host Game 5 of the series on November 18 while Rimouski will host Game 6 on November 20. The series has been flipped this year (finally!) and will start in the WHL.
  • Former Sea Dog Mike Hoffman was named to the AHL’s first All-Star team yesterday. Despite being with the Ottawa Senators for the past few weeks, Hoffman still sits seventh in AHL scoring with 30 goals and 67 points in 51 games with the Binghamton Senators.
  • St. Stephen’s new MHL team will be called the “Aces.” You can follow them on Twitter @AcesJrHockey.
  • The rosters for the 2014 Gatorade Excellence Challenge, which showcases the top QMJHL draft prospects from the Atlantic Provinces and Quebec, have been announced. This year’s event takes place May 1 to 4 in Boisbriand.
  • Willy Palov of the Chronicle Herald has a good take on the Sea Dogs picking first overall in this year's draft.
  • USA Today article on Jack Eichel and his desire to go first overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.
  • Game 5 of the Halifax-Gatineau playoff series is on Sportsnet tonight at 8pm. The Mooseheads lead the series 3-1. Elsewhere, Baie-Comeau has advanced thanks to a sweep of Rouyn-Noranda, Drummondville and Val-d’Or are tied 2-2, and Rimouski and Blainville-Boisbriand are also tied 2-2.
  • If you somehow have not seen this pre-game light show at last weekend’s Mooseheads games at the Metro Centre, check it out here.