Monday, September 22, 2014

Li Reassigned To USHL

The Saint John Sea Dogs have made their decision – Jurij Siska is in and Nikita Li is out.

The Sea Dogs announced this afternoon that Li has been “reassigned” to the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). The move means Siska and Jakub Zboril will be Saint John’s two import players for the season.

Li didn’t look too bad in the action he saw with the Dogs. He appeared in one regular season game – Saint John’s home opener on Friday against Bathurst – and registered one shot and two penalty minutes. In two pre-season games the Russian forward had two assists.

The Sea Dogs selected Li with the 65th overall pick in this summer’s CHL Import Draft.

The Buccaneers open the 2014-15 USHL season on Saturday against the Fargo Force. The Bucs have some sweet promotions coming up this season.

Siska, who missed all of last year with injury, has one assist in three games. Zboril has three assists in four contests.

Saint John’s next game is on Saturday night against Halifax at Harbour Station.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Saturday, September 20, 2014

RECAP: Dogs Win 6-5 (OT)

FINAL: Saint John 6, Halifax 5 (OT)
HALIFAX – What a night for Adam Marsh.

The first year forward scored two goals and added two assists in the Saint John Sea Dogs’ 6-5 comeback win over the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday night at Scotiabank Centre.

Mitchell Dempsey also scored a pair while singles came from Thomas Chabot and Julien Tessier. Spencer Smallman and Nathan Noel added two assists each. Sebastien Auger made 20 saves in the win.

Connor Moynihan and Timo Meier scored two goals each for the Moose while Ryan Falkenham added a solo marker. Kevin Resop made 28 saves in the loss.

Halifax led 3-0 after the first period as the Sea Dogs got into some more penalty trouble. Falkenham, Moynihan, and Meier scored for the Moose. Shots were 12-8 in favour of the homeside.

The second period was a different story. Tessier scored just 25 seconds in as he tipped an Olivier LeBlanc shot past Resop. At 2:50, Dempsey scored on a breakaway to make it a 3-2 contest. Later on, during a power play, it appeared as though Jurij Siska had tied the game but the goal was called off due to a player being in the crease.

At 16:22, Marsh scored on a perfect wrist shot to tie things up. But, the Moose quickly responded with a goal from Meier less than two minutes later. Despite being outshot 13-4 in the frame, Halifax led 4-3 after two.

Dempsey’s second of the game 23 seconds into the third tied the match at 4-4. But once again, Halifax retook the lead a few minutes later as Moynihan completed a nice passing play. Saint John tied things up again at 13:58 as Marsh netted his second. Shots in the third were 10-9 Dogs.

In overtime, Chabot scored 1:04 in to give the Dogs a 6-5 victory.

GAMEDAY 4: at Halifax

A preview of tonight’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Halifax Mooseheads…

When and where: Tonight at 7 p.m., Scotiabank Centre

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

Records: The Sea Dogs enter action today with a 1-1-0-1 record for three points and sit fourth in the Maritimes Division and 11th overall. The Mooseheads have a record of 1-2-0-0 for two points and sit last in the Maritimes and 15th overall.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-1 home opening win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan last night. Nathan Noel had a pair of goals while singles came from Olivier LeBlanc, Mark Tremaine, and Mathieu Joseph. The Mooseheads fell 3-0 to the Moncton Wildcats last night in their home opener.

2013-14 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 1-7-0-0 against the Mooseheads last season while Halifax went 7-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: The Sea Dogs and Mooseheads met on August 23 in Truro and saw the Mooseheads edge the Sea Dogs 4-3 in a shootout. Vincent Watt, Matt Murphy, and Kelly Bent all scored for Halifax while Sea Dogs goals came from Samuel Dove-McFalls, Matt Green, and Mathieu Joseph.

Random stat: The Sea Dogs and Mooseheads met three times during the pre-season. The “home” team won each game.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Mooseheads: Kelly Bent

RECAP: Dogs Win 5-1

FINAL: Bathurst 1, Saint John 5

By Lorne Webster | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs (1-1-1) kicked off their 2014-15 home schedule with an impressive 5-1 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (1-2-0) in front of over 4,600 fans at Harbour Station on Friday night.

After a lovely 30 minute opening ceremony, the young Sea Dogs fed off an electric crowd and came out flying. New captain Olivier LeBlanc scored a power play goal just one minute into the game. However, just before the 5:00 mark, Mark Simpson grabbed a turnover at the Sea Dogs blue line and fed Gabriel Gosselin who stuffed the puck between Sebastien Auger's pads to tie the game at 1-1. Then, three minutes later, Mark Tremaine tipped in a Jack van Boekel point shot to put the Dogs out front 2-1. The score stayed that way for the remainder of the period and the Sea Dogs also out shot the Titan 11-4.

The Sea Dogs continued to control the play into the second period. Just before the ten-minute mark, Sam Dove-McFalls stole the puck, broke down the wing and fed a lovely pass to Mathieu Joseph for a tap in.  A little over five minutes later, Nathan Noel one timed a feed from Adam Marsh for the Dogs' second power play of the night.  aint John out shot Bathurst 12-7 and went to the locker room up 4-1.

The third period was controlled primarily by the referees, who doled out penalties like candy at Halloween. Nathan Noel scored a short handed, empty net goal with 22 seconds left to finish the scoring on the night. Bathurst had 14 shots against seven for the Dogs. But Saint John's penalty kill continued its impressive start to the season by killing all 10 Titan power plays. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

GAMEDAY 3: vs Titan

A preview of tonight’s game between the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Saint John Sea Dogs…

When and where: Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Harbour Station

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

Records: The Titan are 1-1-0-0 for two points and sit third in the Maritimes Division and 10th overall in the QMJHL. The Sea Dogs are last in the Maritimes and 15th overall with a 0-1-0-1 record for one point.

Last games: Bathurst is coming off a 5-4 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Saturday night. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel, Christophe Boivin, Bronson Beaton, and Mark Simpson all scored for the Titan. Saint John is coming off a 5-2 loss to the Moncton Wildcats on Sunday. Nathan Noel and Drew Gross scored for the Dogs.

2013-14 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs went 5-4-0-0 against the Titan last season while Bathurst went 4-4-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: March 9 in Bathurst when the Titan defeated the Sea Dogs 7-4. Guillaume Brisebois and Scott Oke each had two goals for Bathurst while Oliver Cooper had a pair for Saint John.

Random stat: Matthew Highmore had three goals and eight assists in nine games against the Titan last season.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: None

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Notebook: Roster Moves Made

The Sea Dogs announced a couple of roster moves on Thursday.

Forward Drew Gross has been sent back to the MHL’s Woodstock Slammers. In two games with the Dogs this season, the 18-year old recorded one goal.

"We were very impressed with Drew's performance last weekend," said Sea Dogs General Manager Darrell Young in a release. "He proved to us that he can play at this level."

Meanwhile, forward Anthony Salemi, who joined the Sea Dogs on a tryout basis earlier this week, has been sent back to the OJHL’s Newmarket Hurricanes. He will remain on Saint John’s protected list.

LeBLANC AND THE JACKETS
The Columbus Blue Jackets blog “The Cannon” took a look at some of the team’s prospects heading into the 2014-15 season. Among those examined was Sea Dogs defenseman Olivier LeBlanc.

Speaking of LeBlanc and the Jackets, they won the annual Traverse City prospects tournament.

PLENTY TO PROVE
The St. John’s Telegram had an article on Nathan Noel this week. In it, Noel talks about being left off Canada’s U-18 team, his draft year, and the veterans the Sea Dogs added this off-season.

SMITH
Sea Dogs prospect Declan Smith is off to a hot start in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. In two games with the Cape Breton West Islanders, Smith has three goals and five assists and sits second in league scoring.

Last season, Smith had 12 goals and 21 points in 30 games. The 16-year old was a fourth-round pick of Saint John in May’s QMJHL Entry Draft.