Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sea Dogs Notebook

Mooseheads play-by-play man John Moore has a nice little preview of the Sea Dogs/Mooseheads series.

The 2013 President’s Cup Playoffs… they are a coming. Here’s who is playing who in the first-round:

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Halifax Mooseheads
Sherbrooke Phoenix vs Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Acadie-Bathurst Titan vs Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
Gatineau Olympiques vs Rimouski Océanic
Chicoutimi Saguenéens vs Québec Remparts
Victoriaville Tigres vs Moncton Wildcats
Val-d’Or Foreurs vs PEI Rocket
Drummondville Voltigeurs vs Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

The Sea Dogs and Mooseheads get rolling on Friday night in Halifax. Puck drop is 7pm. Yesterday, the Chronicle Herald had an article on how the two teams have switched roles this season compared to the past few years. Junior hockey is cool like that.

If you have Eastlink TV, you’ll be able to watch Game 1 of the Sea Dogs/Mooseheads series.

NO. 1
The Mooseheads will enter the playoffs as No. 1 ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League. They topped the final BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings of the season that were released this afternoon.

Halifax finished the regular season with a 58-6-3-1 record, tying the QMJHL record for most wins in a single season.

Former Sea Dogs defenseman Kevin Gagne ended up finishing just short of the defenseman scoring title. Rouyn-Noranda’s Mathieu Brisebois led d-men in scoring with 73 points while Gagne finished with 71.

Gagne, traded to the Rimouski Oceanic in December, also finished third in goals by defensemen with 17 and tied Brisebois for most assists with 54.

Gagne played in 31 games with both Saint John and Rimouski this season. He had 34 points in the first half with the Dogs and 37 in the second half with the Oceanic. His 71 points this season was a career high, shattering his previous high of 35 set last season.

Former Sea Dogs forward Stephen MacAulay returned to the Halifax lineup on Sunday, just a couple days after his mother’s funeral. Buzzing The Net nicely recaps this past week’s events.

MacAulay played in 25 games with the Moose in the second half, registering 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points. He’ll be looking to play in his fourth straight league final and third straight Memorial Cup. He’ll also be looking to win his third straight President’s Cup.

Yesterday, Hockey Wilderness asked if Charlie Coyle could become a first line winger with the Minnesota Wild someday. Check that out here.


1 comment:

  1. Read the Minnesota comments on Charlie Coyle. The Minnesota fans have to realize that the Koivu,Pardis, Coyle line is a Grinder line. And in a short season like this year, the Grinders are going to win you games. Taking last night's game against Detroit, Koivu had 1 goal 2 SOG, play 18:00 and did 25 shifts. Pardis had 1 assist, 2 SOG,played 18:19 and had 23 shifts. Coyle had 1 assist, 1 SOG, played 13:45 and di 17 shifts. Coyle may have been hurt late in the game, playing Detroit it's very possible that something happened. But overall Coyle is doing very well and it would a mistake to send him down to Houston of the AHL.