Thursday, October 2, 2014

Galiev Scores Ridiculous Pre-Season Goal

Stanislav Galiev - remember him? He scored a ridiculous goal in AHL pre-season action on Wednesday night.
Galiev’s Hershey Bears defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-1 in the game.

A third-round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2010, the Russian forward had three goals and six points in 16 AHL games last season and five goals and 13 points in 14 ECHL games.

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RECAP: Dogs Win 5-4 (SO)

FINAL: Charlottetown 4, Saint John 5 (SO)
SAINT JOHN – Nathan Noel scored the only goal of the shootout in a 5-4 Saint John Sea Dogs victory over the Charlottetown Islanders on Wednesday night at Harbour Station.

Mark Tremaine, Adam Marsh, Mathieu Joseph, and Olivier LeBlanc had regulation time goals for Saint John. Tremaine added two assists. Sebastien Auger got the start once again in the Dogs crease and made 30 stops in the win.

Charlottetown had a pair of goals from Alexandre Goulet while singles came from Kameron Kielly and Luc Deschenes. Mason McDonald made 30 saves in the loss.

Saint John opened the scoring at 5:27 of the first. Justice Dundas grabbed the puck behind the Islanders and quickly fed it out in front to Tremaine who scored to make it 1-0.

The Isles went to the power play at 5:44 and had a plethora of chances but could not connect. They held puck possession for much of the play after the penalty expired.

Saint John went to the man advantage at 13:02 and created a few chances of their own. Mitchell Dempsey was in front but was stopped by the pads of McDonald. Then, Luke Green walked in from the blue line and was left alone but was stopped by the Charlottetown netminder.

With 2:49 left, the Isles scored at the same time the net came off its pipes. It was called no goal, and after a brief review, officially declared no goal.

Shots in the first were 10-8 in favour of the Islanders.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GAMEDAY 7 - vs Islanders

A preview of tonight’s game between the Charlottetown Islanders and Saint John Sea Dogs…

When and where: Tonight at 7 p.m., Harbour Station

TV/Webcast/Radio: None/QMJHL Live/96.1 NewSong FM

Records: The Islanders sit second in the Maritimes Division and sixth overall in the QMJHL with a record of 4-2-1-0 for nine points. The Sea Dogs have a record of 3-1-0-2 for eight points and are fourth in the Maritimes and ninth overall.

Last games: Charlottetown is coming off a 5-3 loss to the Moncton Wildcats at Eastlink Centre on Sunday. Mitchell Balmas, Bradley Kennedy, and Julien Avon scored for the Isles. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-4 shootout loss to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Sunday at Harbour Station. Mark Tremaine, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Nathan Noel, and Daniel Del Paggio scored for the Dogs.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 0-0-0-1 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: September 12 in Charlottetown when the Isles defeated the Dogs 3-2 in a shootout on opening night. Adam Bateman and Julien Tessier had Saint John goals while Kameron Kielly and Daniel Sprong scored for Charlottetown. Sebastien Auger made 14 saves in the loss while Daryl MacCallum made 29 in the win.

Random stat: Charlottetown has allowed 30 goals against this season, the second most in the league.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Islanders: Oliver Cooper and Will Thompson

Wednesday News & Notes

Saturday’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Halifax Mooseheads caused quite a buzz.

Not only was it an impressive 7-0 Sea Dogs win, but it was also quite nasty with a handful of players getting injured.

On the Saint John side, Matthew Highmore and Jack vanBoekel were both hurt late in the game and did not play on Sunday. Highmore was hit from behind while vanBoekel hit his head on the ice following a fight.

On the Halifax side, Danny Moynihan was suspended one game by the league for his hit on Highmore. According to the Chronicle Herald, Samuel Leblanc and Vincent Watt were both hurt on Saturday and will miss some time. Leblanc was injured after getting tangled up with Olivier LeBlanc and Watt after taking a big open ice hit from vanBoekel.

The Sea Dogs and Mooseheads meet again on October 11 at Harbour Station.

Some other stuff…

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On QMJHL Live and Rogers TV

Amidst numerous technical issues, QMJHL Live will remain free until the end of October.

The quality of video, when operating correctly, is undoubtedly a big improvement over Telus. But there have been plenty of glitches with the video, specifically last Saturday night when the stream from Harbour Station barely worked.

Also, there have been issues with audio, either in terms of sound level or it not being available at all.

There can’t be many who are surprised to see these problems popping up. But, they will eventually get it all right. The league, and the webcast providers, are certainly making the right move by extending the free preview.

Meanwhile, the QMJHL made its long awaited return to Rogers TV Channel 10 over the weekend as both Sea Dogs games were broadcast. Considering Rogers hasn’t broadcast New Brunswick based QMJHL games in several seasons, I’d have to say they did a pretty fantastic job. It’s also neat that the Sportsnet graphics and intro are used.

In terms of announcing, Rogers found some gems in getting Aaron Kennedy and Randy Corey to perform play-by-play and Andrew Cromwell to provide colour. That's a top notch crew.

Rogers also made the fantasies of all Sea Dogs fans come true this weekend – having a Heritage Minute commercial air during a Dogs broadcast. The Canadian anthem didn’t write itself, you know.

Thos weekend, Rogers will air Moncton Wildcats games on Friday and Saturday.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Report: Li Claimed By Tigres

Nikita Li has been claimed off waivers by the Victoriaville Tigres, reports TVA Sports’ Mikael Lalancette.

The Saint John Sea Dogs drafted the Russian forward with the 65th overall pick in this year’s CHL Import Draft. He appeared in one regular season game, recording no points. Li was the odd man out in the Sea Dogs’ import situation and the team assigned him to the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers.

According to media reports that surfaced last week, the Dogs didn’t place Li on waivers before sending him to the USHL, which is why he is now apparently a member of the Tigres instead of the Buccaneers.

This is a weird situation. Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young had said that the import they chose not to keep – either Li or Juraj Siska – had a spot waiting for them with a USHL team. So, you would think this had been okayed by the league… but I guess not? I don’t know. I’m not even going to try and understand all these import rules and loopholes and loop-don'ts.

Li is a bit a mystery, but he did look decent in his short time with the Sea Dogs. Victoriaville now has three imports on their roster: Li, Jan Mandat, and Fillip Pyrochta.

The Tigres and Sea Dogs meet on December 10 in Victoriaville and February 18 in Saint John.