Monday, January 11, 2010


According to Moncton Wildcats head coach Danny Flynn, the Wildcats have given up on trying to catch Saint John in the Atlantic division.

"Right now, we're a third-place team with games in hand and we're trying to get to second place so that we can have home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs,'' said Flynn. "Saint John has a tremendous lead.

"We would have to absolutely catch fire, win some head-to-head games with them and they would have to falter a little bit (in order for us to catch them). Right now, our focus is not so much on Saint John, but on catching Cape Breton for second place.''

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Sea Dogs president Wayne Long doesn’t seem to concerned about attendance these days.

Despite earning only half-a-point in three home games for the Brunswick News Rivalry Cup, Long and the Sea Dogs are hard set on their marketing approach.

"I tip my hat to Moncton, they've been very aggressive whether it's free tickets or two-for-one tickets in their quest to sell out the building," Long said to the Telegraph-Journal. "I think we're taking a more come and see the product and get involved with the rivalry approach than deep discounting of tickets.

"However, they've done a better job at drawing fans than we have."

The Sea Dogs failed to reach their goal of season tickets and failed again last Wednesday when they were almost 500 fans shy of their goal of 4,500.

Despite all of this, Saint John is in their usual spot in league average attendance and sit fourth among the 18 clubs. The Sea Dogs are averaging 3,738 fans per game, which is minor increase from last season.

Quebec, Halifax, and Moncton sit ahead of Saint John.

Nicholas Petersen is still the number one statistaical player in the QMJHL according to the TSN Player Power Rankings.

Petersen is number one on the 15 player list with a rating of 93.91.

His team mate Michael Kirkpatrick made the jump onto the list this week for the first time. He sits fifteenth with a rating of 79.75.

To view the full rankings click HERE.

Christian Morin’s Maritime Junior “A” Hockey League rights have been traded to the Amherst Ramblers.

Amherst captain Adam Chipman and alternate Derek Smith were shipped to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers in a blockbuster MJAHL trading Sunday. Also going to Pictou are the MJAHL rights to Kendall Costello (currently playing junior B in Summerside).

In exchange, the Ramblers get the rights to Greg Jansz (currently with the Dartmouth Subways major midgets) and Christian Morin (a member of the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs), at least one player to be named at the 2010 MJAHL draft, and future considerations.

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