Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Notebook: Game 7 City

Tonight will be a night of Game 7s in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Val-d’Or Foreurs defeated the Halifax Mooseheads 7-5 last night at the Air Creebec Centre to force a Game 7 at the Metro Centre tonight at 8pm. The Foreurs grabbed a quick a 4-0 lead in the first period and managed to hang on for the victory this time.

Moose goaltender Zach Fucale has struggled in this series. Overall, the Moose have allowed 28 goals in the six games played so far.
In the other series, Baie-Comeau forced a Game 7 with a 3-2 overtime win on Sunday in Boisbriand. Game 7 takes place tonight at 8:30pm in Baie-Comeau.

In yesterday’s Telegraph-Journal, Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young said the team has made two trades already. Obviously, they can’t be announced until the next trade period opens during draft weekend.

Young said that one of the trades is about gaining assets while the other is about bringing in some leadership.

You get the feeling that draft weekend is going to be an unreal event in Sea Dogs land.

Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild forced a Game 7 with a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche last night. Coyle was a +2 with one shot, three hits, and two penalty minutes in 18:02 of ice time.

Game 7 is tomorrow night at 10:30pm AST.

Tomas Jurco’s season with the Detroit Red Wings has come to an end.

Jurco was a healthy scratch again in Detroit’s Game 5 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday, eliminating them from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jurco played in three of Detroit’s five post-season games after recording eight goals and 15 points in 36 regular season contests.

The Red Wings have assigned Jurco to their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. The Griffins currently lead their best-of-five first-round playoff series 2-0 over the Abbotsford Heat.

Jack Eichel helped Team USA win gold at the annual IIHF Under-18 World Championship on Sunday with a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic.

Eichel finished fourth in tournament scoring with five goals and five assists in seven games. “(Eichel) is a dominating center who has flanked 2014 prospects Sonny Milano and Alex Tuch this year with the U.S. National Team Development Program and that trio leads the Americans in Finland, too,” wrote Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News on Friday.

“It’s hard to put in words right now, but it’s the best feeling ever,” Eichel told the IIHF website. “We’ve gone through so much stuff in the last two years and it’s all for this tournament, to win and cap it off in this tournament is the best thing ever.”

Canada defeated Sweden 3-1 on Sunday to win bronze.

Pascal Laberge, who is a candidate to be taken first overall in the QMJHL Entry Draft next month, suffered a heart breaking 4-3 triple overtime loss in the Telus Cup Final on Sunday.

In the longest Telus Cup game in history, Dakota Boutin scored at 18:36 of the third overtime period to give the Prince Albert Mintos the win over Laberge and the Châteauguay Grenadiers.

Laberge, a 6’1” centre, finished the Telus Cup with a goal and two assists in seven games. Despite taking three penalties on Sunday, Laberge looked pretty good and you could see he had that extra bit of speed higher end players possess. Even in the third OT frame he was able to turn the jets on at times.

The Telus Cup Final got quite a bit of attention this year as it was aired instead of the first period of the Anaheim/Dallas game on TSN2. At least TSN will not have to worry about for another 12 years or so…

He will be missed.

1 comment:

  1. At least Jurco gets to keep on playing, unlike Hoffman. Imagine, getting named to the First AHL All-Star Team and not playing in the post season.