Monday, August 31, 2015

Auger Nets Chicago Wolves Invite

Former Sea Dogs goaltender Sebastien Auger will get at least a shot at professional hockey.
It was announced earlier this summer that Auger had been recruited by the UQTR Patriotes for the upcoming season. CIS players getting invites to AHL or other professional camps is not uncommon.

The Wolves are affiliated with the St. Louis Blues.

Auger played four seasons with the Sea Dogs from 2011-2015. In 183 career QMJHL games, the now 21-year-old posted a 77-98 record with a 3.14 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. He also had a 1-8 record in nine playoff games with a 4.98 GAA and .883 SV%.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cuomo Leaves Remparts; Zilbert Joins Slammers

According to reports, former Sea Dogs forward Marcus Cuomo has left Quebec Remparts training camp.
Where Cuomo will play this season has not been announced.

Cuomo is a 20-year-old, which made his QMJHL options limited. The Remparts acquired Bronson Beaton from the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday, which gave Quebec four overage players.

The St. John’s native played two seasons with the Sea Dogs from 2012 to 2014. He was traded to the Remparts last season where he posted six goals and 19 assists in 64 games with the Memorial Cup hosts. He added two goals and an assist in seven playoff games.

Meanwhile, former Sea Dogs forward Noah Zilbert has rejoined the MHL’s Woodstock Slammers.

“I am very excited to rejoin the Woodstock Slammers this year,” Zilbert said in an article on the team’s website. “It is a big year and I can’t wait to get things rolling. I started my junior career in Woodstock and I can’t think of a better way to finish it off than by winning a championship.”

Zilbert played one regular season game and a few playoff games with the Slammers during the 2011-12 season. He was drafted 11th overall by Woodstock in the 2011 MHL Draft.

The Fredericton native played two seasons with the Sea Dogs from 2012 to 2014. He was traded to Gatineau last year and then sent to Moncton midseason. He was in tough to make the ‘Cats this year and reportedly left the team’s training camp to “evaluate his options.”

Woodstock is hosting the 2016 Fred Page Cup.

With Cuomo and Zilbert exiting the league, only three players from Saint John’s 2012 draft class remain in the Q: Matthew Highmore, Olivier LeBlanc and Spencer Smallman.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Kealey Off To Austria

According to Alex Kealey, Alex Kealey is soon heading overseas.
The 17-year-old forward played in only two pre-season games with the Sea Dogs this year, recording one assist and seven penalty minutes.

The Ottawa native joined Saint John last year but played in just two games with the Dogs because of body soreness from a significant growth spurt. Kealey was held pointless in those two games.

According to Elite Prospects, Kealey also spent time with the OEMHL’s Ottawa Senators Midget AAA team and the CCHL’s Smiths Falls Bears last season.

Saint John’s pre-season has come to an end. They’ll open the regular season on Sept. 12 at Harbour Station against the Halifax Mooseheads.

Notebook: Thomas, Anderson Join Reds

Two former Sea Dogs will join the UNB Varsity Reds this season.

As announced during alumni weekend and made official this week, both Mike Thomas and Stephen Anderson will join the V-Reds for the upcoming season. According to UNB, Thomas will start playing in the second half “after completing his academic requirements.”

Thomas, who played five seasons with Saint John from 2006 to 2011 and captained the team to a Memorial Cup championship, played with UNB during the 2013-14 season and recorded six goals, two assists and 111 penalty minutes in 25 games. He returns to the club after attending firefighting school last year.

"Michael is a proven winner and a top character leader who will add an exciting physical dimension to our hockey club,” said head coach Gardiner MacDougall. “He is very popular in the community and will be a key addition for the second half.”

Anderson spent parts of three seasons with the Sea Dogs. He was traded prior to last season and split the 2014-15 campaign with the Val-d’Or Foreurs and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

"We've always had a lot of success with players from PEI, and we expect Stephen to continue the tradition," said MacDougall. "Stephen has lots of speed and grit and his versatility will allow him to play all three forward positions. We see a big upside for his development and growth here at UNB."

Also recruited by UNB this season were QMJHL goaltenders Alex Dubeau and Etienne Marcoux.

HOW GOOD WILL THE DOGS BE?
If you are looking to get excited about the upcoming season, check out Willy Palov’s weekly column in the Chronicle Herald.

Palov writes that the Sea Dogs might be just as good – or even better than – the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Charlottetown Islanders, who are both built to be strong this year.

“(Saint John’s) defence is about as good as it gets, their forward depth may be the best in the league and they have an underrated overager in goal,” writes Palov. “Not only that, but proven champion Danny Flynn is now on their bench. They will make noise.”

A fun season is ahead.

PRE-SEASON STATS
Pre-season numbers don’t mean much… but lets look at some anyway! That’s what we do.

The Sea Dogs finished exhibition play with a 3-3-0-0 record, scoring 21 goals and registering a +2 goal differential. The Dogs were 2-1-0-0 on home ice and 1-2-0-0 on the road.

Matthew Highmore and Sam Povorozniouk led the team in points with five each. Those two, along with Adam Marsh, all had three goals, which led the team. Meanwhile, Nathan Noel’s four assists were a team high.

Underager Joe Veleno had a productive introduction to the league, recording two goals and two assists in four games to finish third in team scoring.

Forward Matt Green was the only played to appear in all six pre-season games.

Friday, August 28, 2015

RECAP: Sea Dogs Lose 4-0

FINAL: Saint John 0, Moncton 4

BOUCTOUCHE – After sitting near the top of league in goals scored for much of the pre-season, the Saint John Sea Dogs wrapped up exhibition play with a 4-0 loss to the Moncton Wildcats at the JK Irving Centre on Friday night.

Liam Murphy, Adam Holwell, Conor Garland and Eric Leger all scored for Moncton and Zachary Fortin made 32 saves for the shutout victory.

Alex Bishop, playing his first and only full game of the pre-season, made 35 stops in the loss.

Murphy scored the only goal of the first period, connecting at 8:40. The Sea Dogs once again got into some penalty trouble in the opening frame, taking three minors to Moncton's one, but were able to get out the period without a man advantage marker against.

In the second, Holwell scored late at 15:11 to give the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage heading into the third.

At 4:22 of the final frame, Garland scored his second of the pre-season. Then at 12:49, Leger connected to make it a 4-0 final.

With 23 seconds remaining, Jason Bell was given a game misconduct for boarding. He was also given an instigator penalty for a fight against Lane Cormier.

Final shots were 39-32 in favour of the Wildcats. Both teams went 0-for-5 on the power play.

With the loss, Saint John finishes the pre-season with a 3-3-0-0 record. Moncton finishes with a 5-1-0-0 record.

PRE-SEASON GAME DAY 6: at Moncton

A preview of tonight’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Moncton Wildcats…

When and where: Tonight at 7 p.m., JK Irving Centre, Bouctouche

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/None/None (follow @monctonwildcats for updates)

Records: The Sea Dogs are 3-2-0-0 this pre-season while the Wildcats are 4-1-0-0. Last season, Saint John finished third in the Maritimes Division and 10th overall in the league with a record of 32-26-4-6 for 74 points. The Wildcats finished first in the Maritimes and second overall with a 46-19-0-3 record for 95 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs and Wildcats met last night at Harbour Station where Moncton edged Saint John 3-1. Eric Leger, Garrett Johnston and Zack MacEwen scored for Moncton while Sam Povorozniouk replied for Saint John. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 33 saves in the loss while Sebastien Dupre made 24 in the win.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 2-6-0-1 against the Wildcats last season while Moncton went 7-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Last night. See above.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Wildcats: None

Random stat: The Sea Dogs defeated the Wildcats 5-1 in Bouctouche a couple years ago. Matthew Highmore, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Spencer Smallman and Nathan Noel are the only Saint John players to play in that game and still be with the team.