Monday, March 2, 2015

Phillips Traded To Bruins

Former Sea Dogs forward Zack Phillips has been traded to the Boston Bruins.

In a minor league deal, the Minnesota Wild traded Phillips to the Bruins in exchange for former London Knight Jared Knight.

Phillips has struggled offensively since turning pro, recording just 27 goals and 48 assists in 196 games with the Wild’s AHL affiliates. He averaged over a point per game in his QMJHL career.
Phillips was selected by the Wild in the first-round, 28th overall in 2011.

Knight played against Phillips and the Sea Dogs at the 2012 Memorial Cup in Shawinigan.

The NHL’s trading period ended this afternoon.

Despres Traded To Ducks

Former Sea Dogs defenseman Simon Despres is heading to California.

The Pittsburgh Penguins traded Despres to the Anaheim Ducks this afternoon in exchange for Ben Lovejoy.

Despres, first-round pick of the Penguins in the 2009 NHL Draft, registered five goals and 28 assists in 143 career games with the NHL club. This season, the 23-year old has recorded two goals and 15 assists in 58 games.

The Sea Dogs selected Despres with the first overall pick in the 2007 QMJHL Entry Draft. In 240 career games with Saint John, the Laval native had 25 goals and 109 assists in 240 games. He added six goals and 33 assists in 58 playoff matches.

Former Sea Dogs d-man Kevin Gagne is currently with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.

The NHL’s trading period ended this afternoon.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Sea Dogs Have Clinched A Playoff Spot

Welcome back, playoffs.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

RECAP: Sea Dogs Lose 6-2

FINAL: Gatineau 6, Saint John 2

SAINT JOHN – A night after producing a solid offensive performance in a win over the Charlottetown Islanders, the Saint John Sea Dogs had just eight shots on goal in the first two periods of a 6-2 loss to the Gatineau Olympiques on Saturday night at Harbour Station.

The Sea Dogs managed to score twice in the first period – on just five shots – thanks to goals from Mathieu Joseph and Mark Tremaine. But that would be all Saint John’s offense could produce. The Dogs also went 0-for-8 on the power play.

Alex Bishop got the start and made 26 saves in the loss. Francois Brassard made 19 saves in the win and scored his second (!) goal of the season.
Yan Pavel Laplante scored twice for Gatineau while singles came from Brassard, Valentin Zykov, Jonathan Bourcier and Yakov Trenin. Alexandre Carrier had three assists.

It was a big win for Gatineau who now have a four point lead over the Drummondville Voltigeurs for the league’s final playoff spot. The Sea Dogs remain in sixth.

Saint John travels to Bathurst on Friday to play the Titan.

GAME DAY 61: vs Olympiques

A preview of tonight’s game between the Gatineau Olympiques 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 Olympiques are fifth in the West Division and 16th overall in the QMJHL with a record of 24-30-0-5 for 53 points. The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes Division and sixth overall with a 30-21-3-6 record for 69 points.

Last games: The Olympiques are coming off a 7-3 win over the Wildcats in Moncton last night. Valentin Zykov scored twice while singles came from Tommy Veilleux, Marc Beckstead, Yakov Trenin, Alex Dostie and Louick Marcotte. Francois Brassard was pulled after allowing two goals on five shots. Nicolas Lachance made 25 saves in relief. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 7-3 win over the Charlottetown Islanders last night at Harbour Station. Daniel Del Paggio, Mark Tremaine, Mathieu Joseph, Adam Marsh, Spencer Smallman, Justice Dundas and Thomas Chabot scored for the Sea Dogs while Sebastien Auger made 25 saves.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-0 against the Olympiques this season while Gatineau is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Jan. 17 in Gatineau where the Olympiques edged the Sea Dogs 4-2. Jake Coughler and Marc Beckstead each scored twice for the ‘Piques while Justice Dundas and Mathieu Joseph each scored for the Dogs. Francois Brassard made 30 saves in the win while Sebastien Auger made 35 in the loss.

Previous meetings this season:
Saint John 2 @ Gatineau 4 (Jan 17 2015) Final

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Olympiques: Joey Richard

Random stat: Former Sea Dogs forward Joey Richard, who had five points in 25 games with Saint John last year, has nine goals and 17 assists in 56 games with the Olympiques this season.

RECAP: Sea Dogs Win 7-3

FINAL: Saint John 7, Charlottetown 3
Lorne Webster | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs (30-21-3-6) managed to open the floodgates in the second period and earn a convincing 7-3 victory over the visiting Charlottetown Islanders (28-26-1-3) Friday evening at Harbour Station.

The win was important for the Sea Dogs in their quest to earn home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. It could prove to be a turning point as the Sea Dogs look to find the mojo they had during the first half of the season - especially in light of the five close losses in eight games against the Islanders thus far this season.

Dan Del Paggio, Mark Tremaine, Mathieu Joseph, Adam Marsh, Spencer Smallman, Justice Dundas and Thomas Chabot scored for the Sea Dogs. Ross Johnston tallied two goals and Oliver Cooper added one for Charlottetown.  

A fairly open first period didn't produce any goals. The period was highlighted by a fight between Dundas and Johnston after the Islander cross checked Jakub Zboril into the end boards. Charlottetown led 13-7 on the shot clock in the first period.

The Sea Dogs came out flying to start the second period. At 6:41, Del Paggio swatted the rebound of a Joseph shot past Mason MacDonald to break the ice. Under two minutes later, Tremaine took Nathan Noel's clean face-off win and fired a bullet over MacDonald's blocker to extend Saint John's lead to 2-0. Less than a minute later, Kameron Keilly carried the puck into the Sea Dogs' zone, cut to the high slot and sent a hard pass to Johnston who tipped it past Sebastien Auger at the edge of the crease to make it 2-1. 

An apparent goal by Noel at 12:28 was disallowed when the video judge determined that the Sea Dogs were offside well before the goal. Joseph did in fact make it 3-1 when he came out of the penalty box and one-timed a pass from Tremaine past MacDonald at 14:45. Less than two minutes later, Marsh collected the puck after a mad goal mouth scramble and snapped it past MacDonald to extend the lead to 4-1. Smallman capped the second period onslaught with 14 seconds left when he blasted a slap shot through MacDonald's legs after a lovely cross ice feed from Noel to make it 5-1. Saint John fired 22 shots on net versus eight for the Islanders in the second period.

Darryl MacCullum relieved MacDonald to start the third period.  The Sea Dogs continued their strong play to start the third period and, on a power play at 4:55, Dundas tipped a back-door pass from Noel past MacCullum to extend Saint John's lead to 6-1. On a power play at 6:58, Cooper banged in a rebound to make it 6-2. A few seconds after that goal, Cooper suffered a TKO at the hands of Boko Imama. 

On another power play at 10:16, Johnston tipped a point shot past Auger to bring Charlottetown back to 6-3. The power play onslaught continued when Chabot took a cross ice feed from Jason Bell and his booming slap shot found the top corner to make it 7-3. Noel chipped in with his fourth assist of the game on Chabot's goal. Saint John outshot Charlottetown 12-7 in the third to end the game up 41-28 overall.