Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sea Dogs Notebook

Up next for the Sea Dogs is a Friday night contest in Charlottetown against the Islanders. Game time is 7pm at Eastlink Centre.

Two of Saint John’s seven wins this season have come against the Islanders. Meanwhile, Charlottetown has lost eight straight games heading into their game on Wednesday night against the Moncton Wildcats.

The Sea Dogs are also in action on Sunday afternoon in Moncton. The Port City squad wraps up their first half schedule with games in Sydney on December 20th and 21st.

Former Sea Dogs goaltender Jacob DeSerres (pictured) has been named the WHL men's hockey Graduate of the Month for November.

DeSerres has helped the University of Calgary Dinos enter the Christmas break as the top team in the CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 Rankings. They sit first overall in the Canada West standings with a 15-0-1 record and have allowed just 25 goals in 16 games.

DeSerres, who helped Saint John win the Memorial Cup in 2011, has the league’s best goals against average (1.50), best save percentage (0.941), and most wins (9). He is also tied for the league lead in shutouts with three.

"Jacob had an exceptional month of November and was instrumental in the Dinos having a 7-0-1 record," said Dinos head coach Mark Howell in a release. "He stepped up when Lazaruk got hurt and carried the load in some big games and shone on every occasion. His game was in control throughout each game and created confidence for his team."

Sea Dogs defenseman Olivier LeBlanc was ranked 68th in Craig Button’s latest rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft. Button has plenty of other QMJHL players ranked around there but LeBlanc was the only Sea Dog to make the list.

LeBlanc sits fourth in Saint John scoring with five goals and 17 assists for 22 points in 32 games. All five of his goals have been scored on the power play.

The Sea Dogs announced this afternoon that the team raised a total of $10,526 during the MOvember campaign, which was the second-highest amount collected by a CHL team.

Defenseman Michael Abbott led all CHL players in donations with $5,705.46.

"As an organization, we're excited to be able to make a sizable contribution to MOvember," said Sea Dogs President Wayne Long in a release. "Our players were eager to take part. Many thanks to our fans, friends and families for giving to a great cause."

The Minnesota Wild website has a big article on Charlie Coyle. You can check that out here.

The Sea Dogs’ bus gets around.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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