Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Electric Crowd Lifts Wildcats To Win

FREDERICTON – A packed house with an electric atmosphere propelled the Moncton Wildcats to a 7-3 victory over the Halifax Mooseheads last night at the Aitken Centre in Fredericton.

Ivan Barbashev had four goals and two assists while Conor Garland had six assists. Garland was originally credited with seven helpers – assisting on every Wildcats goal – but later had one removed.

It was a fairly dominant performance from the Wildcats from start to finish. They scored less than two minutes in and led 3-0 after the first period. Moncton outshot Halifax 43-25 overall.

Halifax’s big guns – imports Nikolaj Ehlers and Timo Meier – were held to just one goal and two assists. Ehlers was a -4 on the night.

Former Sea Dogs forward Kelly Bent had a goal and was his typical, aggitating self for the Mooseheads. Noah Zilbert - a Fredericton - was held pointless in the win.

Along with the performance on Barbashev and Garland, the big story was the atmosphere at the Aitken Centre. The 3,278 fans that filled the building were very pro-Wildcats and loudly cheered on their team from start to finish. It was electric and significantly louder than a Moncton Coliseum game. Even the boos for Ehlers – who was booed after being “injured” on a Stephen Johnson hit in game two – carried over into the game.

The Wildcats now lead the second round series 3-2 heading into game six on Sunday afternoon in Halifax. A game seven, if needed, would be played on Tuesday night in Moncton.

Some other news and notes…
  • Elsewhere in the QMJHL last night, the Rimouski Oceanic eliminated the Gatineau Olympiques with a 4-1 win in game five of their second round series. Former Sea Dogs forward Joey Richard was held pointless with a -2 rating in the game, finishing the playoffs with three goals and five assists in 11 games.
  • In the other series that is still going on, Val-d’Or defeated Baie-Comeau 5-2 in game five. The Drakkar now lead that series 3-2.
  • In the NHL playoffs last night, Nathan Beaulieu had three hits in 12:47 of ice time in the Montreal Canadiens’ 3-2 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators. Mike Hoffman had three hits and two penalty minutes in 12:40 of ice time in the loss.
  • Tomas Jurco, Charlie Coyle and Simon Despres are back in action today/tonight.
  • At the World Under-18 Hockey Championship, the Czech Republic defeated Latvia 4-1 yesterday. Jakub Zboril did not appear on the team’s lineup posted on the IIHF website. They Czechs play Canada tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. on TSN2.
  • Today at the Under-18s, Nathan Noel, Thomas Chabot and Team Canada take on Switzerland at 1:30 p.m. That game can be seen on TSN.
  • There were two Newfoundland teams in the Allan Cup semifinals but neither will play in the final. Jason Churchill’s Clarenville Caribous, the hosts of this year’s tournament, lost 4-1 to the South East Prairie Thunder while Danny Wicks and the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts fell 5-4 to the Bentley Generals.
  • The NHL Draft Lottery takes place tonight.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Remparts Moving On

FREDERICTON – After needing seven games to knock off the pesky Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the first round, the Quebec Remparts are advancing to the QMJHL semifinals thanks to a series sweep of the Charlottetown Islanders.

The Remparts completed the 4-0 series win last night in Charlottetown, defeating the Islanders 5-2. Quebec outscored Charlottetown 21-9 in the series.

The series win should calm some nerves in Quebec City, the city that will host this year’s Memorial Cup. Zach Fucale started and won all four games of the series which is certainly good news for the Remparts.

For the Islanders, just making it to the second round was a big step forward for the franchise. They’ll look to build off this year’s success next season.

Former Sea Dogs forward Oliver Cooper finished the playoffs with two goals and four assists in 10 games. He was held pointless in the Quebec series. Will Thompson, a former Dogs defenseman, finished the post-season with one assist in seven games.

The other playoff series resume tonight. Baie-Comeau leads Val-d’Or 3-1 and Rimouski also leads Gatineau 3-1. Moncton and Halifax are tied 2-2.

Some other news and notes…
  • Despite being outshot 46-14, Tomas Jurco and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in game one of their first round playoff series. Jurco had one hit and was a -1 in 9:51 of ice time. He played 1:21 on the power play.
  • Charlie Coyle had three shots and four hits in 14:08 of ice time, helping the Minnesota Wild defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 in game one. Fredericton’s Jake Allen made 25 saves in the loss.
  • Simon Despres had two shots and three hits in 16:48 of ice time and helped the Anaheim Ducks down the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 in game one. Despres also played 1:26 on the Ducks’ penalty kill.
  • At the Allan Cup, Jason Churchill’s Clarenville Caribous defeated the Dundas Real McCoys 2-1 last night to advance to the semifinals. The Caribous will face the South East Prairie Thunder in the semis. The other Newfoundland team, the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts, will take on the Bentley Generals in the other semifinal. The Cataracts feature former Sea Dog Danny Wicks.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Canada Opens U-18 Tourney With Win

In a surprisingly entertaining game, Team Canada defeated Latvia 11-6 to kick off the World Under-18 Hockey Championship today in Switzerland.

Sea Dogs defenseman Thomas Chabot had an assist in the game, firing a point shot that was redirected by Brett Howden in the second period. Sea Dogs forward Nathan Noel had two assists, helping set up two second period goals.

Other than an unfortunate turnover by Noel in the first period that led to a Latvian goal, both Sea Dogs players seemed to play quite well and drew the praises of the TSN broadcast crew.

Team Canada obviously has some work to do after allowing six goals to the Latvians. The game was very entertaining, at least.

Canada’s next game is on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Switzerland. The game can be seen on TSN.

Some other news and notes...
  • Jakub Zboril and the Czech Republic lost their first game at the U-18 Championship today, falling 6-1 to Finland. Zboril had an assist in the game. The Czechs play Latvia tomorrow. Over at The Hockey House, Zboril is listed as one of the draft eligible players to look out for at this year’s tournament.
  • Nathan Beaulieu and the Montreal Canadiens bested Mike Hoffman and the Ottawa Senators in game one of their first round playoff series last night, winning a thrilling game 4-3. Beaulieu recorded an assist on Brian Flynn’s third period goal, a goal that proved to be the game winner. Beaulieu also had two shots and two hits in 15:34 of ice time. Meanwhile, Hoffman had three shots and a hit in 12:21 of ice time.
  • Tonight, Tomas Jurco and the Detroit Red Wings open up their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Also, Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild take on the St. Louis Blues while Simon Despres and the Anaheim Ducks face the Winnipeg Jets.
  • The Moncton Wildcats evened their second round series with the Halifax Mooseheads at 2-2 with a 3-2 overtime win last night at Scotiabank Centre. Taylor Burke scored the winner late in OT – with an assist from Noah Zilbert. Kelly Bent tied the game for the Mooseheads late in the second period. Game five is tomorrow night in Fredericton.
  • Elsewhere in the Q, Joey Richard and the Gatineau Olympiques were shutout 3-0 by the Rimouski Oceanic last night. Rimouski leads that series 3-1 heading into game five on Friday. In Baie-Comeau, the Val-d’Or Foreurs staved off elimination with a 4-3 double-overtime victory over the Drakkar.
  • The 2015 Allan Cup is taking place in Clarenville, Newfoundland this week. The Q News has a list of all the former QMJHL players taking part in the senior hockey championship. Former Sea Dogs include Jason Churchill (Clarenville), Danny Wicks (Grand Falls-Windsor) and Charles Bergeron (P’tit Mousse de Lameque). The championship game takes place on Saturday at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on TSN.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

AUC Game Sells Out In Less Than An Hour

Good stuff, Fredericton.

According to Andy Campbell of CTV, there were a couple hundred people in line at the Aitken Centre box office this morning/afternoon when tickets went on sale.

The game will be broadcast live on Rogers TV across New Brunswick beginning at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Notebook: NHL Playoffs Begin Tonight

The Stanley Cup playoffs begin tonight for a couple former Sea Dogs.

Nathan Beaulieu and the Montreal Canadiens host Mike Hoffman and the Ottawa Senators in game one of their first round series tonight at 8 p.m. on CBC. Beaulieu and Hoffman were teammates with the Sea Dogs during the 2009-10 season.

Elsewhere tonight, the Islanders take on Washington, Chicago visits Nashville and Calgary faces Vancouver.

Other former Sea Dogs taking part in this year’s playoffs are Tomas Jurco (Detroit), Charlie Coyle (Minnesota) and Simon Despres (Anaheim).

Stanislav Galiev won’t be in the Capitals lineup tonight after being sent back down to the AHL’s Hershey Bears. Galiev spoke about his experience in the NHL with Penn Live.

Just like they did for their GM job, the Sea Dogs are going public in their search for a new head coach.

This info is straight from the Sea Dogs’ website:

Applications should be submitted via email to: 
Please write "Coaching Application" in the subject line.
The deadline for applications is Friday, May 8th, 2015.

With applications due May 8, there is certainly a good chance they’ll have someone hired in time for the QMJHL Entry Draft in June.

The IIHF Under-18 World Championship begins tomorrow in Switzerland.

Thomas Chabot, Nathan Noel and Team Canada will take on Latvia at 10:30 a.m. That game can be seen live on TSN. Meanwhile, Jakub Zboril and the Czech Republic take on Finland at 2:45 p.m.

Canada defeated Slovakia 5-0 in a pre-tournament game on Monday and beat Germany 6-5 in a shootout today. Thomas Chabot took a cross checking penalty in the third period of today’s game.