Monday, August 25, 2014

Notebook: Truro Has A Nice Rink

What a beautiful building the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro is.

Outside, the building looks massive even from the highway. It seems just as big on the inside with a large arena, a large pool and slide, and other amenities most modern community centres feature these days. It was sort of a combination of the Dartmouth Sportsplex and Fredericton’s Grant*Harvey Centre.

The most unique part of the building is the amount of windows. There are windows everywhere. When sitting in the stands, you can actually see the pool through some glass doors behind one of the nets.

Stefano Pezzetta, who was reassigned by the team today, was held pointless this weekend but still leads the Sea Dogs in pre-season scoring with four points. His three goals are a team high as well.

Samuel Dove-McFalls (two goals and one assist), Mathieu Joseph (one goal and two assists) and Sheehan Kirkwood (three assists) all sit second in team scoring with three points each.

Also of note, Sebastien Auger, Blade Mann-Dixon, and Christopher Smith have yet to allow a goal this pre-season.

Former Sea Dogs forward Joey Richard returned to action this weekend with the Gatineau Olympiques. Prior to this weekend, the Dieppe native had not played January 4 due to a shoulder injury.

Richard scored and had two shots for the Olympiques on Saturday in Rouyn-Noranda. On Sunday against the Huskies, the right-winger was held pointless but did have two shots.

The Sea Dogs traded Richard to the Olympiques in May for a 2016 fourth-round pick.

Pre-season games don’t have much more drama than this weekend’s Sea Dogs-Mooseheads home-and-home series had. It was great.

On Saturday, Nathan Noel’s shootout goal was nearly called off. Moose goalie Kevin Resop had stopped Noel’s five-hole attempt between his pads while sliding backwards in the crease. He was mostly over the goal line, but when he stood up the puck was on the line. The officials discussed it and declared that Resop had taken the puck with him when he slid back which was probably the right call.

On Friday, Halifax scored in the final minute of the game but the goal was ruled to have been knocked in with a high stick.

There is no video replay in the pre-season.

Defenseman Bailey Webster had his MHL rights traded on Sunday.

The Summerside Western Capitals traded Zack Beaton and Tucker White to the Miramichi Timberwolves in exchange for Webster and Evan Millman.

“We are very excited to add two Island D men to our list,” Capitals general manager Pat McIver told the Journal Pioneer. “We expect Millman to be at camp, and Webster is still in Saint John, so we will monitor that situation.”

Webster played in 31 games with the NB/PEI Major Midget Hockey League’s Kensington Wild last season along with seven games with the Sea Dogs.


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