Our recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs edged their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rival Shawinigan Cataractes 4-1 on Wednesday night at a packed Centre Bionest. It was nasty, nasty game with several ugly looking hits, some late game fights and even some yelling between coaching staffs.
News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s goal calls.
SaintJohnSeaDogs.com’s recap. Jonathan Huberdeau had three points as the Saint John Sea Dogs beat the Shawinigan Cataractes 4-1 Wednesday to advance to the MasterCard Memorial Cup semifinal.
Sportsnet.ca’s recap. The defending MasterCard Memorial Cup champions are awake, and not a moment too soon.
The Canadian Press’ recap. Anton Zlobin scored for Shawinigan (1-2), which will face the Western Hockey League champion Edmonton Oil Kings (1-2) in a tiebreaker game tonight. Edmonton beat Shawinigan 4-3 in the tournament’s opening game.
SN Live Blog replay. Wild game.
MISSING IN ACTION: The Sea Dogs were without forwards Devon Oliver-Dares, Oliver Cooper, Dylan McGuigan, and defensemen Spencer MacDonald and Jordan Moore and goaltender Richard Tingley. Cooper and Oliver-Dares both played on Monday but were replaced by Jason Cameron and Grant West.
DEBUT: Grant West made his Memorial Cup debut. He had a couple fights against Shawinigan during the regular season and dropped the gloves again on Wednesday night. At 19:18 of the third he squared off with Vincent Arseneau, a fight that really got the rough stuff started.
WARMUP: Ian Saab and Dillon Donnelly had words during the warm-up. Nothing really came of it though as Donnelley was given a 10-minute misconduct late in the game before he could do anything.
FIRST PERIOD: It was a nasty, nasty first period with some solid hits and questionable stick work. Stephen MacAulay hit Marc-Andre Bergeron in the neck with his stick and Morgan Ellis did the same to Maxime Villemaire. Vincent Arseneau was in some discomfort after taking a big hit from Villemaire.
During the first intermission, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos said he would prefer to see fights than all the stick work. That never really came to be until the final minute of play in the contest.
NO GOAL: Early in the second, the Sea Dogs pushed the puck across the line well before play was blown dead. Replays showed it crossed it line and Toronto said it crossed but referee Nicholas Dutil said he had blown play dead so it was called no goal. Audio showed that the puck had crossed the line a few second before the whistle went. That would have given the Dogs a 3-0 lead. Luckily, that non-goal never really mattered at the end of the day.
Check out Andrew McGilligan’s column on the whole video replay controversy here.
During the season we usually don’t have the option, as fans, of seeing games in high definition with multiple camera angles and replays along with the phone audio. But all these calls make you wonder about some of the other calls throughout the season, doesn’t it?
FIGHTS: Ah yes, the fighting, the cheap shots, the nastiness. There was plenty of it. A couple of good articles to read on it.
Edmonton Journal - CHL talks the talk on head shots at Memorial Cup, but isn’t exactly walking that talk
Buzzing The Net - Cats coach Veilleux tight-lipped after emotions flare
Both teams were fined $2,500 today.
BEAULIEU: Nathan Beaulieu made a great save in the third period.
HUBERDEAU: Jonathan Huberdeau has now scored in six of the seven Memorial Cup games he has played in in his career. He had two on Wednesday and added an assist. He now has four goals and two assists for six points which ties him with Michael Chaput for the tournament lead.
COYLE: Charlie Coyle assisted Huberdeau’s first period goal. He now has a point in all three Memorial Cup games he has played in. He leads the tournament in assists with four.
TESINK: It was great to see Ryan Tesink get rewarded with a goal in the second period. He was all over this game, taking and making hits while getting into it with Shawinigan players all game long.
PACKED HOUSE: It was standing room only at the Centre Bionest as a loud pro-Cataractes crowd cheered on their squad. The crowd got pretty quiet when Ryan Tesink gave Saint John a 3-0 lead. People were allowed to sit on the staircases for some reason because apparently fire codes mean nothing in Shawinigan. When the game got nasty late in the third, fans began to throw things on the ice.
NOTES: Jonathan Huberdeau had seven shots… Danick Gauthier had three hits… Nathan Beaulieu had two assists… Jonathan Racine had six hits. That probably includes his big time elbow to the face of Tomas Jurco... the teams combined for 72 penalty minutes.
HIGHLIGHTS: The game.
Open Ice Hockey’s recap.
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs now advance to tomorrow’s semi-final where they will play the winner of tonight's Shawinigan-Edmonton tie-breaker game.