Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Coyle Scores Goal Of The Year Candidate

Former Sea Dogs forward Charlie Coyle scored a ridiculous goal last night.

The goal proved to be the game-winner as the Minnesota Wild topped the Edmonton Oilers 2-1. Coyle was named first star with a goal and three shots in just over 11 minutes of ice time.

The goal has made ESPN’s website and Deadspin and is being considered one of the season’s best goals.
Coyle has six goals and 14 assists in 47 games this season.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bowers Ranked 1st For 2015 Draft

Shane Bowers of the Halifax McDonalds is currently the top prospect available for the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft, according to’s latest rankings.

The website released their latest top 100 prospects list today. The top 10 rankings can be seen for free.

Bowers, a 6’0”, 162 lbs forward, leads the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League in scoring with 23 goals and 52 points in 34 games.

“Bowers has continued to improve since the beginning of the season and took his game to another level in the months of December and January,” the website writes.

The Nova Scotian was the only Atlantic Canadian to crack’s top 10. Only one defenseman is listed to go along with two goaltenders and seven forwards.
The 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft takes place on June 6 in Sherbrooke.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

RECAP: Sea Dogs Lose 4-1

FINAL: Cape Breton 4, Saint John 1

SAINT JOHN – Stephen Anderson is one of the hottest players in the QMJHL at the moment.

The former Sea Dogs forward has goals in each of his past five games and has scored in seven of his past eight. He waited until the last minute on Sunday to net one, scoring an empty netter with 20 seconds left in the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles’ 4-1 victory over Saint John at Harbour Station.

Along with Anderson, Evgeny Svechnikov, Alexandre Gosselin and Kyle Farrell scored in the Cape Breton win. Miguel Sullivan made 23 saves to earn the victory.

Saint John’s lone goal came from Spencer Smallman in the second period. Alex Bishop made 24 saves in the loss.

Cape Breton had three power plays in the first period and finally cashed in on the last one. At 18:39, Marcus Hinds’ pass from the corner found Svechnikov who was streaking in. He fired a quick wrist shot past Bishop to make it 1-0 Screaming Eagles. Shots in the opening frame were 9-4 in favour of the visitors.

Just 50 seconds into the second period, Gosselin fired a point shot through some traffic that beat Bishop to make it 2-0 Eagles. Later on, at 13:52, Nathan Noel sent a beautiful behind-the-back pass to Smallman who beat Sullivan to make it a 2-1 game. Shots in the second stanza were 12-8 in favour of Saint John.

With 2:30 left in regulation time, Svechnikov was called for holding to send Saint John to the power play. On that man advantage, Thomas Chabot fed Mathieu Joseph who nearly jammed the puck past Sullivan. The scoring chance was reviewed by officials but called no goal. At 19:04 and Bishop on the bench, Farrell hit the empty net to make it 3-1. Anderson added another with 20 seconds left to make it a 4-1 final. Shots in the third were 12-9 Cape Breton and 29-25 Eagles overall.

Daccord Commits To ASU

Joel/Joey Daccord, an 11th-round pick of the Sea Dogs in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft, has announced via Twitter that he has committed to NCAA Arizona State.
So there’s that.

Daccord, 18, is playing high school hockey with Cushing Academy this season.

ASU is transitioning its hockey program into a Division I team over the next few seasons.

GAME DAY 47: vs Screaming Eagles

A preview of today’s game between the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Saint John Sea Dogs…

When and where: Today at 3 p.m., Harbour Station

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

Records: The Screaming Eagles are fifth in the Maritimes Division and 15th overall in the QMJHL with a record of 19-22-2-3 for 43 points. The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes and fifth overall with a 25-14-1-6 record for 57 points.

Last games: The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 7-1 win in Moncton last night. Maxim Lazarev had a hat trick while singles came from Jeremie Beaudin, Kyle Farrell, Stephen Anderson and Marcus Hinds. Alexandre Belanger made 30 saves in the win. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-4 win over the Screaming Eagles on Friday at Harbour Station. Nathan Noel had four goals while Adam Marsh and Thomas Chabot also scored. Alex Bishop and Blade Mann-Dixon combined to make 34 saves.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 5-1-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 1-4-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Friday at Harbour Station when the Sea Dogs erased a three-goal first period deficit to defeat the Screaming Eagles 6-4. Nathan Noel had four goals for Saint John while Adam Marsh and Thomas Chabot added solo markers. Alex Bishop was pulled after allowing three goals on 17 shots. In relief, Blade Mann-Dixon made 20 saves. Stephen Anderson scored twice for Cape Breton while singles came from Clark Bishop and Evgeny Svechnikov. Alexandre Belanger made 29 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Screaming Eagles: Stephen Anderson and Olivier LeBlanc

Random stat: This is Cape Breton’s third game in as many days. They played in Saint John on Friday, Moncton last night and are at Harbour Station again today.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hoffman Scores In Breakaway Challenge

Mike Hoffman scored a dandy in the breakaway challenge of tonight’s NHL skills competition.

Hoffman also participated in the fastest skater competition but blew a tire going around a corner and lost to Jonathan Drouin.