Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sea Dogs Move Up To 8th

Despite a 1-1 week, the Saint John Sea Dogs moved up a spot in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings.

The Sea Dogs moved into eighth place, up one from last week. After getting hammered 7-0 in Moncton last Friday, the team rebounded with a solid 7-1 win over the Wildcats on Saturday.

The Rimouski Oceanic at No. 3 and the Sherbrooke Phoenix at No. 9 were the only other QMJHL team ranked this week.

The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
This week, the Sea Dogs host the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday night and the Quebec Remparts on Sunday afternoon.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LeBlanc Named To Team QMJHL

Sea Dogs captain Olivier LeBlanc has been named to the QMJHL’s roster for the 2014 Subway Super Series.

LeBlanc was the only Sea Dogs player named to this year’s roster. The Columbus Blue Jackets prospect has two goals and six assists in 11 games with Saint John this season.

The full roster is below:

Desrosiers, Philippe, RIM
Fucale, Zachary, HAL

Leblanc, Olivier, SNB
Carrier, Alexandre, GAT
Graves, Ryan, QUE
Meloche, Nicolas, BAC
Brisebois, Guillaume, BAT
Labbé, Dylan, SHA
Morin, Samuel, RIM
Roy, Jérémy, SHE

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

VIDEO: Sea Dogs 2014-15 Intro

Here’s the intro video that has been playing at Harbour Station this season. Pretty solid.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Non-Canadians Dominating Rookie Race

I got some news for you: there aren't many Canadian players in the top 10 of QMJHL rookie scoring.

1Kay SchweriSherbrookeSwitzerland25
2Dmytro TimashovQuebecUkraine23
3Evgeny SvechnikovCape BretonRussia19
4Yakov TreninGatineauRussia17
5Adam MarshSaint JohnUSA14
6Dennis YanShawiniganUSA13
7Filip ChlapikCharlottetownCzech Rep.13
8Alex Barré-BouletDrummondvilleCanada11
9Egor PopovBathurstRussia11
10Mathieu BoucherRouyn-NorandaCanada10

This is certainly nothing new in the QMJHL. Nikolaj Ehlers won the rookie scoring race last season, Valentin Zykov in 2012-13, and Mikhail Grigorenko in 2011-12. St. John’s native Zach O’Brien was the top scoring rookie in 2010-11.

It's worth noting that, among other things such as import player ages, only nine of the 20 players selected in the first round of this year's QMJHL Entry Draft were forwards.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Notebook: Catching Up

If you've liked the photos you’ve seen on here this season, be sure to like Marc Henwood Photography on Facebook. He’s uploaded some unreal pics.

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The Sea Dogs play two home games this weekend, hosting the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday at 7 p.m. and the Quebec Remparts on Sunday at 3 p.m. It is the only visit of the season to Saint John for both teams.

The Drakkar sit second in the East Division with a 9-4-0-1 record while the Remparts, this year’s Memorial Cup hosts, are third with an 8-5-0-0 record.

After this weekend’s bizarre set of games, Nathan Noel and Adam Marsh are tied for the team lead in points with 14 each. Noel has a team high eight goals while Thomas Chabot leads the team in assists with eight.

Chabot’s 11 points place him fourth in QMJHL defensemen scoring. Marsh's 14 points place him fifth amongst rookies.

If you haven’t heard, the CHLPA is making some noise again. Here is the latest statement issued by the CHL and its league commissioners.


“The Sea Dogs have been a big surprise early on, leading a very competitive Atlantic Division that includes Halifax and Cape Breton,” writes Ryan Kennedy. “Part of the reason for their success is Marsh, a free agent rookie from Chicago who has posted six goals and 11 points in his first nine games. The left winger goes to the dirty areas and has a wicked shot.”

Saturday, October 18, 2014

RECAP: Dogs Win 7-1

FINAL: Moncton, 1, Saint John 7
By Lorne Webster | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN - The Sea Dogs (8-3-0-2) returned to Harbour Station on Saturday evening to face the Moncton Wildcats (8-5-0-0) for their "Pink in the Rink" game, as part of the QMJHL's fight against breast cancer.

Saint John came away with an impressive 7-1 win over their provincial rivals. Luke Green, Mitch Dempsey, Nathan Noel (with two), Spencer Smallman, Adam Marsh and Mathieu Joseph scored for the Sea Dogs, while Vladimir Tkachev responded for Moncton. The win moved Saint John back into first place in the Maritimes Division.

Less than 24 hours after an embarrassing 7-0 loss in Moncton, the Sea Dogs got off to an excellent start. Just 31 seconds into the game, an Adam Marsh shot got past Alex Dubeau but hit the post and did not completely cross the line.

Just before the 8:00 mark, Wildcat Kyle Tibbo took a run at Sam Dove-McFalls and caught the young Sea Dog in the head. With Dove-McFalls lying on the ice, Mathieu Joseph stepped in to fight Tibbo. As a result, Joseph earned instigator penalties but Tibbo was given a charging major and game misconduct in addition to a fighting major. Less than two minutes later, Luke Green joined the rush, took a feed from Smallman and unleashed a slap shot to score his first QMJHL goal. At 11:04, Mitch Dempsey snapped a feed from Mark Tremaine past Dubeau to score the Sea Dogs first power play goal in ages. Less than a minute later, Nathan Noel converted Saint John's second power play goal off a scramble in which both Marsh and Adam Bateman were stopped by Dubeau. At 14:39, during a Moncton power play, Vladimir Tkachev waltzed down the wing and sent a laser over Sebastien Auger's shoulder to cut the Sea Dogs' lead to 3-1. Saint John lead on the shot clock 13-8.

Early in the second period, Smallman scooped up a neutral zone turnover by Connor Garland, broke away with Adam Marsh and converted on a lovely give and go to extend the lead to 4-1. With Chris Lalonde in the box late in the second, the Sea Dogs' backstop came up with a huge save off of a two-on-none breakaway shot by Tkachev on a feed from Ivan Barbashev. Otherwise, the rest of the period was pretty much back and forth. However, the referees drew the ire of head coach Ross Yates by mysteriously awarding the Wildcats two power plays out of scrums initiated by the Wildcats. That score would hold up even though the Wildcats out shot Saint John 12-7 in the period.

At 12:35 of the third, the Sea Dogs power play connected again as Marsh took a clean faceoff win by Noel and sent a rocket to the top corner to extend the Sea Dogs lead to 5-1. Just over two minutes later, Noel displayed some fine golf skills when he sent a wedge shot up and over Dubeau to make it 6-1. The Wildcats were reminded that karma can turn around quickly, when Mathieu Joseph scored at 15:50 set the final score at 7-1.  aint John held an 11-8 shot advantage in the third to end the game up 32-28 on the shot clock.