Monday, April 21, 2014

Notebook: Churchill, Caribous Fall In Allan Cup Final

Jason Churchill and the Clarenville Caribous lost 3-2 in overtime in the Allan Cup Final on Sunday to the host Dundas Real McCoys. Churchill made 38 saves in the loss and was named the game’s third star.

According to the St. John’s Telegram, “Churchill finished the tournament with a 1.89 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.”

The Caribous also lost in the Allan Cup final last year. They’ll host the national championship next year.

Churchill played with the Sea Dogs during their inaugural season in 2005-06. The St. John’s native had a record of 14-44 to go along with a 4.16 goals against average and a 0.894 save percentage.

Former Sea Dogs forward Andreas Tsogkas and the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots are Ontario Junior A Hockey League Champions. The Patriots defeated the Aurora Tigers 3-1 in Game 6 of the league final to win the series 4-2.

In 53 regular season games, Tsogkas recorded 31 goals and 26 assists. He added another seven goals and nine assists in 19 playoff games.

The Patriots will now compete for the Central Canada Dudley Hewitt Cup starting April 29 in Wellington Ontario.

Tomas Jurco had four shots and two hits in 14:25 of ice time in Detroit’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins yesterday. That series is now tied 1-1 heading to Detroit. Game 3 is on Tuesday night.

Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild will try and contain Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of that series tonight. The Avs lead the series 2-0.

For the first time in some time, the Halifax Mooseheads find themselves in a large hole in a playoff series. The Moose lost both games this past weekend to the Val-d’Or Foreurs, meaning they are down 2-0 in the series heading into Game 3 and 4 this week at the Air Creebec Centre.

If the Mooseheads lose this series, it would mark the first time since 2009 a Maritime team has not played in or won the President Cup (Moncton -2010, Saint John - 2011 and 2012, Halifax - 2013).

In the other semi-final series, Baie-Comeau leads Blainville-Boisbriand 2-0.

Despite spending most of the second half in the NHL, Mike Hoffman still finished eighth in AHL regular season scoring with 30 goals and 37 assists for 67 points in 51 games. His 1.3 points per game average is the same as AHL leading scorer Travis Morin.

Sea Dogs season tickets are on sale now. Details on that can be found on the Sea Dogs website.

Photo: QMJHL

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