Sunday, January 6, 2013

MacAulay Makes Moose Debut

The Halifax Mooseheads lost just their fourth game in regulation time this season on Sunday afternoon in Charlottetown, falling 5-2 to the PEI Rocket.

Stephen MacAulay, traded to the Mooseheads by the Saint John Sea Dogs yesterday in exchange for two draft picks, made his Halifax debut. The 20-year old forward played on a line with Stefan Fournier and Dominic Beauchemin. He finished the game with no points, five shots, a -3 rating, and went 5-for-11 in faceoffs.

The Mooseheads, who have been playing without Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, and Martin Frk over the past few weeks due to the world juniors, fell to 32-4-2-1 on the season. They have a shot at matching Saint John’s 2010-11 record of 58-7-1-2.

Halifax is back in action on Wednesday against Aidan Kelly and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. The Moose travel to Saint John on February 20.

Some other stuff:
  • The Chronicle Herald’s article on the deal with comments from Mooseheads GM Cam Russell.
  • Saw some people comment that the Sea Dogs didn’t get enough for MacAulay. A second- and fourth-round pick is pretty good value for 20-year old forward. Remember, it’s difficult to find a team this time of year that is willing to make room for a 20-year old and give up a decent return.
  • MacAulay has a great chance to play in his fourth straight President Cup final and third straight Memorial Cup.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau’s insurance goal in the third period of the 2011 Memorial Cup final is arguably the biggest goal in franchise history. MacAulay had an assist on that goal.
  • With Jonathan Huberdeau not expected to play for the club again, Ryan Tesink, Kevin Gagne, and MacAulay all traded, Jakub Izacky is Saint John’s leading scorer. He has 15 points.
  • In 34 games with Saint John, MacAulay had 36 points. That’s already a career high.
  • MacAulay was the last Sea Dog remaining from the Jacques Beaulieu era.

Here’s John Moore’s interview with MacAulay. Cam Russell is also interviewed.

And here are some of MacAulay’s Sea Dogs highlights posted on SeaDogsTV.

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