Saturday, April 6, 2013

Who Is Still Playing?

Only three former Saint John Sea Dogs remain in the hunt for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s President’s Cup.

Stephen MacAulay of the Halifax Mooseheads, Gabriel Bourret of the Gatineau Olympiques, and Ryan Tesink of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada all remain in action. The QMJHL’s quarter-final playoff matches began last night.

As expected, Tesink did not play for Armada. He has not played since January 13 due to a knee injury.

“I’m rehabbing and trying to get back to 100 per cent,” Tesink told the Telegraph-Journal (paywall). “We’re taking it day by day. The important thing is a full recovery.”

The Armada easily got by the Val-d’Or Foreurs in Game 1 of their series last night, winning 10-1.

Bourret and MacAulay are facing each other in this round after the Olympiques pulled off a big upset over the Rimouski Oceanic in the first-round.

MacAulay opened the scoring in Game 1 last night, connecting at 2:23 of the first while shorthanded for his fourth of the post-season. Bourret got a game misconduct at 14:21 of the first for slashing and the Moose scored twice on the power play to lead 4-0 after one. They added three more to win 7-0.

In other action, Rouyn-Noranada surprised Quebec with a 6-1 win at the Colisee and Baie-Comeau edged Victoriaville 5-3.

Some other stuff:
  • Sea Dogs play-by-play man Tim Roszell called last night’s Mooseheads game on News 95.7 with John Moore away. Roszell is also calling tonight’s Game 2 from the Metro Centre.
  • 50/50 total pot was over $40,000 at the Metro Centre last night. Attendance was 9,895, about 600 short of a sell-out.
  • If you missed our second-round playoff predictions, they are here.
  • OHL Draft is today. The OHL is weird. 

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