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.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Knights Win Memorial Cup Opener

In the opening game of the 2016 Memorial Cup, the London Knights lived up to the hype.

Toronto Maple Leafs saviour Mitch Marner had an impressive two goals and three assists to lead the Knights to a 6-2 win over the host Red Deer Rebels.

The Rebels applied some strong pressure early in the game – but Knights goaltender Tyler Parsons shut the door. London scored three goals in the first and added another three in the second.

Tomorrow’s game will feature the QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies taking on the WHL champion Brandon Wheat Kings.

In other news…

  • Felix Schutz and Germany had their 2016 IIHF World Championship come to an end in the quarterfinals on Thursday. According to the box score, Schutz did not play in Germany’s 4-1 loss to Russia. The former Sea Dogs forward had two goals and five assists in seven tournament games.
  • In case you’ve forgotten, the QMJHL Entry Draft takes place two weeks from Saturday (June 4) in Charlottetown.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Five Seasons Later

It's been five whole seasons since the Sea Dogs made their Memorial Cup debut in Mississauga.

Obviously, a lot has changed since then. Saint John went on to reach the tournament again in 2012 and then went into rebuild mode. They hadn't come close to making the Memorial Cup until this past season where they reached the QMJHL's final four.

We know how Saint John has performed over the past five seasons, but what about the other teams that participated in the 2011 Memorial Cup? Here's a look at how the host Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, OHL champion Owen Sound Attack and WHL champion Kootenay Ice have performed since then.

Saint John Sea Dogs
2011-1250-15-0-3Won championship
2012-1323-44-1-0Lost in round 1
2013-1419-44-2-3Missed playoffs
2014-1532-26-4-6Lost in round 1
2015-1642-20-6-0Lost in round 3