Saturday, May 28, 2016

Huskies to play Knights for Memorial Cup

The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies will play in the 2016 Memorial Cup championship game.

The QMJHL champions advanced to the national final with a 3-1 victory over the host Red Deer Rebels last night. Francis Perron, Martins Dzierkals and Nikolas Brouillard scored for the Huskies while Chase Marchand made 36 saves in the win.

Rouyn-Noranda is 2-2 at this year’s tournament, dropping their final two games of the preliminary round. Their only win prior to Friday's was last Saturday against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Not surprisingly, Timo Meier and Perron lead the Huskies in scoring. Meier has five goals and two assists while Perron has one goal and six assists.

The Huskies will face the OHL champion London Knights, a team that has breezed through this year’s tournament. The Knights, who are 3-0 with a +15 goal differential, haven’t played since Tuesday where they defeated Rouyn-Noranda 5-2.

London’s Mitch Marner leads the tournament in scoring with two goals and 11 assists in just three games.

The Huskies are playing in their first Memorial Cup. No QMJHL team has appeared in the final since 2013 in Saskatoon where the Halifax Mooseheads defeated the Portland Winterhawks.

The Knights, playing in their fifth Memorial Cup since 2005 and fourth since 2012, will be playing in their third ever final. They defeated Sidney Crosby’s Rimouski Oceanic on home ice in 2005 and fell to the Cataractes in Shawinigan in 2012.

Game time on Sunday is 5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Green Preparing For NHL Draft Combine

Sea Dogs defenseman Luke Green is preparing for the NHL Draft Combine.

Here’s a video, released by Maritime Athletic Profiles, on Green getting ready for the combine at ProEdge Sports Conditioning in Bedford.

Green has also been featured in Octagon Hockey’s “The Road,” a video series on a few players heading into the draft.

The full series can be found on The Road’s YouTube page.

Green recorded 10 goals and 25 assists in 61 regular season games with the Sea Dogs during the regular season. He added another goal and two assists in 13 playoff games.

The defenseman is projected to be a second or third round pick by most draft publications. The NHL Draft will take place June 24-25 in Buffalo. The order for the first round is almost set. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mathieu Joseph Returns To The Ice

On the same day Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos returned to game action, Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph returned to the ice.

Joseph, who missed the final two rounds of Saint John’s playoff run with an injury, tweeted an update on his health today.
Joseph was injured in game five of the Sea Dogs’ first round playoff series against Bathurst, getting cut by a skate blade. The forward required surgery and missed the remainder of the post-season.

The 19-year-old had a great regular season, recording 33 goals and 40 assists in 58 games. He added another five goals and two assists in the playoffs before getting hurt.

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Rebels Will Play Huskies In Semifinal

The host Red Deer Rebels are off to the semifinal of the 2016 Memorial Cup.

Evan Polei scored at 3:50 of overtime to give the Rebels a 2-1 victory over the WHL champion Brandon Wheat Kings last night, earning the team a berth in Friday’s semifinal against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

The Rebels were eliminated by the Wheat Kings in the WHL’s Eastern Conference final.

Red Deer finished the round robin portion of the tournament with a 2-1 record and an even goal differential. After losing the event’s opener to London, the Rebels went on to beat the Huskies and Wheat Kings.

Meanwhile, after a solid opening win over Brandon, Rouyn-Noranda lost to Red Deer and London, giving the team a 1-2 record. They’ve struggled to stay disciplined over the past two games – although the officiating has been… something.

London, 3-0 with an incredible +15 goal differential, has already advanced to Sunday’s championship game. Brandon has been eliminated.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Leblanc Commits To Sea Dogs

Samuel Leblanc is staying in New Brunswick.

The 16-year-old forward, who has played at Rothesay Netherwood School the past two seasons, has committed to the Sea Dogs for the 2016-17 season, the team announced today.

Leblanc was a 13th-round pick of the Sea Dogs in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft.

From the Sea Dogs’ news release:

The Dieppe-native recorded 19 goals and 44 points in 56 games with Rothesay Netherwood School in 2015-16, his second season at RNS.  
He also suited up for one regular season game and 12 playoff games for his hometown Dieppe Commandos of the Maritime Hockey League (MHL). The 5'10", 160-pounder earned an assist on Dieppe's double-overtime, series-winning goal against the Summerside Western Capitals, pushing the Commandos to the MHL's Kent Cup Final.

Leblanc “had NCAA options,” according to the Sea Dogs.

Elite Prospects lists the Dieppe native as 5’9” and 150 lbs.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Huge Game For Huskies Tonight

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The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies face a huge test at the 2016 Memorial Cup tonight.

The Huskies, 1-1 in this year’s tournament, take on the OHL champion London Knights tonight at 11 p.m. in Red Deer. The Knights are 2-0 with 6-2 and 9-1 wins over Red Deer and Brandon, respectively.

Rouyn-Noranda is coming off a tough 5-2 loss to the host Rebels on Sunday night. The Huskies allowed five straight goals in the loss – including three power play markers – and lost their cool with the officiating as the game went along.

The Knights have lived up to expectations with 15 goals in two games. Mitch Marner leads the tournament in scoring with nine points.
Brandon, 0-2, and Red Deer, 1-1, face each other tomorrow night in the final game of the preliminary round.