Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rimouski Wins President Cup

Michael Joly’s goal at 2:13 of the second overtime period won the Rimouski Oceanic the President Cup last night.

The Oceanic won the 2015 QMJHL championship in seven games, erasing 2-0 and 3-2 series deficits. The final three games of the series were all decided in overtime with Monday’s championship game being the most dramatic.

The most intriguing part of the series was the success the road team had. The road team had won every game of the series until Rimouski’s victory last night.

This is the third President Cup title in Oceanic history and the first since the Sidney Crosby led 2004-05 team.

With Quebec hosting this year’s Memorial Cup, both the Remparts and Oceanic will appear in the tournament. Quebec opens up the tournament on Friday against the WHL champion Kelowna Rockets. Rimouski plays OHL champion Oshawa on Saturday.

The Remparts won the 2006 Memorial Cup after losing the league championship to the Moncton Wildcats. Can Quebec do it again?

Quebec’s roster includes former Sea Dogs forward Marcus Cuomo who finished the playoffs with two goals and an assist in seven games. He played in three President Cup final games.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Coyle Wins Bronze At Worlds

Charlie Coyle’s second period goal helped Team USA win a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship today.

Coyle’s goal came near the midway point of the game, a game that saw the US defeat the host Czechs 3-0. The US had to settle for today’s bronze medal game after losing to Russia in the semifinals.

The former Sea Dogs forward had a very good tournament, registering three goals and two assists in five games. Coyle joined the team after the Minnesota Wild were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Sea Dogs draft pick Jack Eichel was also part of the US squad, recording two goals and five assists in 10 games.

Tomas Jurco also participated in the tournament, playing with Slovakia. He had one assist in five games.

In today’s gold medal match, Canada defeated Russia 6-1.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Memorial Cup Participants Finalized

The four teams that will participate in the 2015 Memorial Cup in Quebec City have been confirmed.

The Oshawa Generals become the final team to book their ticket to the tournament, defeating Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters last night to win the OHL championship.

The Kelowna Rockets won the WHL title earlier this week. The Rimouski Oceanic and Quebec Remparts have already earned spots as well.

Here is the full schedule for this year’s tournament:

Friday, May 22: Kelowna vs Quebec
Saturday, May 23: Rimouski vs Oshawa
Sunday, May 24: Quebec vs Oshawa
Monday, May 25: Rimouski vs Kelowna
Tuesday, May 26: Oshawa vs Kelowna
Wednesday, May 27: Quebec vs Rimouski
Thursday, May 28: Tie-breaker game
Friday, May 29: Semifinal game
Sunday, May 31: Championship game

In the QMJHL final, neither team has yet to win a home game. Quebec took a 3-2 series lead with a 3-2 victory in Rimouski last night. Game six is on Sunday afternoon in Quebec City.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Alumdate: Despres Still In Cup Hunt

One former Sea Dog remains in the hunt for the Stanley Cup.

Simon Despres and the Anaheim Ducks begin their Western Conference final series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Despres has had a strong post-season so far, recording five assists in nine games with the Ducks. During his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Despres was held pointless in six playoff games.

In other former Sea Dog news…
  • Stanislav Galiev and the Hershey Bears had their season come to an end on Friday night, losing game six of the Eastern Conference semifinal 6-3 to the Hartford Wolf Pack. After posting 45 points 67 regular season AHL games, Galiev registered just one goal in five playoff games. Friday’s game was Galiev’s only match of the series because of an upper body injury suffered in the first round. 
  • At the World Hockey Championship, Charlie Coyle and the United States will take on Russia in the semifinals on Saturday. Coyle had a goal and an assist in the USA’s 3-1 quarterfinal victory over Switzerland. Canada plays the Czech Republic in the other semifinal.
  • Former Sea Dogs forward Steven Anthony has committed to play at the University of Windsor next season. Anthony spent four seasons in Saint John, recording 163 points in 244 games, placing him seventh in franchise scoring. He helped the Sea Dogs win the 2011 Memorial Cup. A seventh-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2009, Anthony spent his professional career in the ECHL and CHL. 
  • Remember that big hit Erik Karlsson delivered on Nathan Beaulieu in the first round of the NHL playoffs? It was unveiled today that Beaulieu suffered a fractured sternum on the play.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Report: Flynn To Be Named Dogs Coach

RDS’ Stephane Leroux is reporting that Danny Flynn will be the new head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Leroux reports that an announcement will be made in the coming days. The team has not confirmed the report.

Flynn has plenty of QMJHL experience under his belt, coaching the Moncton Wildcats from 2007 to 2013. That experience includes a President Cup championship in 2010 where the Wildcats defeated the Sea Dogs in the final.

The Wildcats released Flynn of his coaching duties in April of 2013. Moncton was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs each year following their 2010 championship.

Flynn also has NHL coach experiencing, the latest coming this past season where he was an assistant coach with Ted Nolan and the Buffalo Sabres.

If the report is accurate, this looks like a pretty decent hire. Flynn has plenty of experience with young players, he knows the league and has won a championship. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Report: Veleno Denied Exceptional Status

According to Gabriel Beland of La Presse, Joseph Veleno has been denied exceptional player status for the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft.
The deadline for applications was Feb. 15 - which was missed.

Veleno, if granted exceptional status, was viewed as the best player available for this year’s draft. Saint John owns the first overall pick. Obviously, this is unfortunate news for the Sea Dogs.

Veleno had 16 goals and 52 points in 41 games with the midget AAA Lac St-Louis Lions this past season. Many expect him to play at Shattuck-St. Mary’s next year and then enter the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft.