Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sea Dogs Notebook

The Brunswick News Rivalry Cup will be won tomorrow night as the Sea Dogs take on the Wildcats for the final time this season.

Saint John currently leads the standings 17-13, meaning Moncton must win in regulation time and have a crowd over 5,000 to win the trophy. According to the Times & Transcript, a tie would result in Saint John winning because the Dogs won the season series.

Despite being on opposite ends of the standings, Saint John is 5-2-0-0 against Moncton this season. Game time for the eighth and final meeting of the regular season is 7pm at the Moncton Coliseum.

Former Sea Dogs forward Danny Chiasson finished the Maritime Junior Hockey League season tied for the league lead in points with 88. Chiasson, playing with the Summerside Western Capitals, had 34 goals and 54 points in 48 games. Chiasson’s 54 helpers were a league high.

Truro’s Kyle Morrison also had 88 points, recording 35 goals and 53 assists in 50 games.

Former Sea Dog and current Yarmouth Mariner Colin Campbell finished sixth in league scoring with 66 points in 52 games.

The Capitals, who feature Chiasson along with other former Sea Dogs Spencer MacDonald and Jason Seed, were the best team in the regular season, finishing with a record of 43-7-2-0 record.

At the latest, the Sea Dogs will know their first-round playoff opponent by Sunday night. They will either play the Halifax Mooseheads, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, or the Rimouski Oceanic.

Saint John currently sits in 16th overall, one-point back of the 15th-place Sherbrooke Phoenix.

The Mooseheads confirmed today, no matter who they play, that the first two games of their playoff series will be played on Friday, March 22nd and Saturday, March 23rd at the Metro Centre. Tickets go on sale Thursday. Info can be found here.

In the Pioneer Press, Charlie Coyle talked about his amazing shift on Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks.

"I don't know how I stayed up," Coyle said. "I was surprised the puck was still there. I just looked and was like, 'OK.' "

Zach Parise and Wild head coach Mike Yeo also talk about the shift in the article.

Coyle has two goals and two assists in 13 games with Minnesota this season.

NHL.com says, at the midway point of this lockout shortened season, Jonathan Huberdeau is the favourite to win the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

Huberdeau has 12 goals and five assists in 26 games with the Florida Panthers.

Player introductions from Saint John’s final home of the regular season last Friday.

The title of this thing is “world’s greatest video” and it’s very true.

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