Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NHL Season Begins Tonight

The 2015-16 NHL season begins tonight for one former Sea Dog.

Nathan Beaulieu and the Montreal Canadiens are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs this evening at 8 p.m., kicking off a new season of NHL play. The game will air nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

Beaulieu was paired with Tom Gilbert at the Habs’ morning practice, according to the team’s game day blog. In 64 games with Montreal last season, the 22-year-old defenseman recorded one goal and eight assists.

There will be plenty of other former Sea Dogs joining Beaulieu in the NHL this season, including Mike Hoffman, Charlie Coyle, Eric Gelinas, Tomas Jurco, Jonathan Huberdeau, Stanislav Galiev and Simon Despres. Galiev is the only one of the eight that wasn’t a regular in the NHL last season.

Tomorrow, Hoffman and the Ottawa Senators take on Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres at 8 p.m. That game can be seen on TSN5. Meanwhile, Coyle and the Minnesota Wild are in Colorado to take on the Avalanche. Coyle had an impressive seven assists in four pre-season games with the Wild.

On Friday, the Winnipeg Jets are in New Jersey to face Gelinas and the Devils. Friday will also feature the Maple Leafs in Detroit to take on Jurco and the Red Wings.

On Saturday, Huberdeau and the Florida Panthers open up the season at home against the Philadelphia Flyers. Saturday will also feature the Devils traveling to Washington to battle Galiev and the Capitals along with Despres and the Anaheim Ducks facing the San Jose Sharks.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Veleno Suspended One Game

According to the QMJHL website, Saint John Sea Dogs underage forward Joe Veleno has been given a one-game suspension for checking from behind.

The incident happened at 10:02 of the third period in Saint John’s 5-2 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes on Saturday at Harbour Station. As play was moving up ice, Veleno hit Shawinigan’s Samuel Girard along the side boards. Veleno was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for checking from behind.

Because play was moving up ice at the time, there was no video of the hit on the webcast, meaning video probably won’t pop up online.

Girard was not hurt on the play.

Veleno, the first player to be granted exceptional status in QMJHL history, has a very respectable one goal and five assists in eight games.

Saint John’s next game is on Friday night in Charlottetown.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Saturday, October 3, 2015

RECAP: Sea Dogs Win 5-2

FINAL: Shawinigan 2, Saint John 5
By Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN - The Shawinigan Cataractes stopped by the Station to take on the Saint John Sea Dogs on Saturday night. Both teams were coming off victories the night before and for the second straight night the Sea Dogs would face a team with just one loss to their credit. And for the second straight night, Saint John came out on top, this time by score of 5-2.

1st Period
Shawinigan got on the board first 7:04 into the first period when Alexis D’Aoust broke in shorthanded and beat goaltender Marc-Antoine Turcotte. Adam Marsh tied the game at 9:19 after going bar down on Antoine Samuel, picking the corner. It was the Cataractes getting the final goal of the first period though after the Sea Dogs had taken their second too many men penalty. Dennis Yan jumped on a juicy rebound to lift a shot over a fallen Turcotte at 16:39.

2nd Period
After the Sea Dogs took an early penalty, Spencer Smallman tipped away a Samuel Girard pass attempt and beat Samuel to tie the game at 2-2 at 2:15. Later in the middle frame, Sam Povorozniouk capitalized on a Shawinigan turnover and backhanded a goal past Samuel, sending the Sea Dogs to the second intermission with a 3-2 lead.

3rd Period
The third period got off to a great start for Saint John when Matt Green tipped a shot past Samuel to give the Sea Dogs a 4-2 lead at 5:51. Saint John would extend their lead to 5-2 at 8:39 on a man advantage on a nice play by Nathan Noel. The centre split the Cataractes’ defenders before sliding a pass to Joe Veleno, who found a wide-open Bokondji Imama, who had an open net to finish off the play and secure the win for the Sea Dogs.

GAME DAY 8: vs Cataractes

A preview of tonight’s game between the Shawinigan Cataractes and Saint John Sea Dogs…

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

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

Records: The Cataractes are first in the East Division and second overall in the QMJHL with a record of 6-1-0-0 for 12 points. The Sea Dogs are fourth in the Maritimes Division and 10th overall with a record of 4-3-0-0 for eight points.

Last games: The Cataractes are coming off a 3-2 win in Bathurst last night. Gabriel Slight, Giovanni Fiore and Samuel Guilbault all scored for Shawinigan while Antoine Samuel made 35 saves in the win. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-3 shootout victory over the Gatineau Olympiques last night at Harbour Station. Saint John goals came from Daniel Del Paggio, Bokondji Imama and Luke Green. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 37 saves in the win.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs went 1-1-0-0 against the Cataractes last season while Shawinigan went 1-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Jan. 29 in Shawinigan where the Cataractes defeated the Sea Dogs 7-1. Christophe Lalonde and Alex Pawelczyk each scored two goals while singles came from Giovanni Fiore, Brandon Gignac and Anthony Beauvillier. Saint John’s lone goal came from Mathieu Joseph. Alex Bishop allowed seven goals on 42 shots in the loss while Marvin Cupper made 21 in the win.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Cataractes: None

Random stat/fact: Including their semi-final victory at the 2012 Memorial Cup, the Cataractes have won seven of the past eight meetings between the two teams, including every game played in Quebec. Saint John’s only win came at Harbour Station last November.

RECAP: Sea Dogs Win 4-3

FINAL: Gatineau 3, Saint John 4 (SO)

By Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN - The Sea Dogs made their way back to Harbour Station on Friday after two weeks on the road, defeating the first place overall Gatineau Olympiques by score if 4-3 in a shootout.

Saint John got off to a very fast start, taking just 49 seconds for Daniel Del Paggio to bury one past Mathieu Bellemare. But, the Olympiques’ Yan Pavel Laplante scored a league leading third shorthanded goal on a breakaway to even things at 1-1 at the 10:37 mark.

The second period got off to a similar start with Boko Imama powering home a wrist shot from the slot just 2:04 into the middle frame. Laplante would even things with his second of the game on a power play at 5:42. The Sea Dogs answered though with a beautiful passing play between Del Paggio, Joe Veleno, and Luke Green – who eventually finished it off - to put the Sea Dogs in front 3-2, which was how the second period ended.

The final stanza saw lots of back and forth action with the loan goal coming just after Gatineau had pulled Bellemare at 18:35. Vitalii Abramov waited for Marc-Antoine Turcotte to come off the post and sniped one short side to even the game at 3-3 and send it to overtime.

Both teams had power plays in overtime but neither could cash in sending the game to a shootout.

Nathan Noel pulled out his Datsyuk type deke, sliding the puck to the post side and waiting for Bellemare to be down and out before lifting it over top. That made it 1-0 Saint John. Yakov Trenin was next to shoot and he shot wid. Adam Marsh then surprised nobody and used his bullet wrist shot to make it 2-0 Saint John. Abramov had to score and did sliding a nice deke move under Turcotte to make it 2-1. Mathieu Joseph took the final shot, another wrister, that beat Bellemare to clinch the victory for Saint John.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Here's A Good Sea Dogs Video

SJ-INTRO-final from jon richard on Vimeo.

Presumably, this is the Saint John Sea Dogs' intro video. If not, it's a great video that will be of little use to anyone.

This has the look of something you'd see at the Moncton Coliseum - and if you check out the Vimeo page of Jon Richard/Fighter Jet Studios, you'll see Wildcats intro vids as well.