With several Saint John Sea Dogs players still recovering from their playoff wounds, Associate Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Mike Kelly made some moves today. The team announced that they have called up both Tyrone Sock and Will Johnston to help the club move forward into the second round.
Johnston, who has been a frequent flyer when it comes to being called up, has played in five games with Saint John this year. He has amassed one goal, five penalty minutes, and a -1 rating in his stint with the QMJHL club. The tough guy is most notably remembered for his fight against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles' Kalin Paul.
The 19-year old winger recorded a career-high 45 points (23G-22A) in 42 games played with the Summerside Western Capitals this year, also leading the MJAHL in penalty minutes with 224.
The Capitals were eliminated from playoff contention last week, falling in five games to the Woodstock Slammers. Johnston recorded two assists in two playoff games while recording 17 penalty minutes.
Johnston was suspended for 10 games on March 15 by the MJAHL after he was given a checking from behind major penalty. Miramichi captain Chris Owens was knocked out of the series after suffering a Grade 3 concussion and multiple facial fractures on the play, which took place just inside the blue-line on the right wing by the Miramichi bench.
Sock started the season with Saint John with Simon Despres and Yann Sauve away at National Hockey League training camps. He was originally drafted by Saint John in the fourth round, 64th overall in the 2009 QMJHL entry draft.
The 17-year old tallied 33GP-8G-17A-25P-50PIM with the Miramichi Rivermen (NB-PEI-MMHL) during the 09-10 campaign, adding 9GP-0G-4A-2PIM during a successful playoff run which saw the Rivermen capturing a provincial title. Miramichi came within a single game of winning an Atlantic Major Midget Championship this past weekend, dropping a 6-3 decision to St. John’s in the five-team tournament’s finale.
His one game with the Sea Dogs this season was an eventful one. He dropped the gloves with Bathurst tough guy Vincent Arseneau during season opener at the KC Irving Regional Centre on September 11, 2009.
According to today’s Telegraph-Journal, Kevin Gagne will miss both game one and game two of round two with a knee injury. Nicholas Pard (shoulder) is questionable for game one. Steven Anthony (groin) and Aiden Kelly (concussion) both skated yesterday and are progressing in their recovery.
The Sea Dogs still have call-up Chuckie Schembri on their roster.
With files from saintjohnseadogs.com.