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- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net6 hrs ago
Just put the fact Cole Cassels got a penalty for checking too hard under the heading 'details.'
The Vancouver Canucks signing plays with an edge that makes him "a kind of player you don’t find too often anymore," and on Sunday, the Oshawa Generals centre threw an old-school devasting check on the Peterborough Petes' Matt Spencer. During the second period, Cassels flattened Spencer full force, shoulder to chest. While a penalty was called for charging, by no means was it borderline or predatory, either. In real time, the impact looked so thorough that calling a penalty was an understandable instinctive reaction.
The final judgement belongs to Spencer. The second-year defenceman, at least according to Cassels, told his foe, "Good hit" when they passed within earshot of each other later in the game.Tue, 3 Mar10:00 PM ESTSan Jose at VancouverPreview Game
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net10 hrs ago
Now that he's no longer a rookie and has someone to play off him, Yakov Trenin is delivering as promised for the Gatineau Olympiques.
The 'Piques resurgence has come with their first-year import and Los Angeles Kings second-rounder Valentin Zykov, who missed a portion of the year due to hernia surgery, finding their form. It's made a team that was outside the Quebec League picture thanks to being a revolving door of players from four-plus months an intriguing wild-card factor.
Here is the weekly look at who is flowing and who is fraying entering the third-last week of regular-season play.
Hot: Niagara IceDogs
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net15 hrs ago
Towering Brandon Carlo appears to be on a fast track to pro hockey success.
The big man's skills need refining, but the Tri-City Americans' Carlo passed a major checkpoint earlier this season when he was one of two draft-year defencemen, along with Boston College's Noah Hanifin, to play for Team USA in the world junior championship. That helped Carlo, who has manchild dimensions at 6-foot-4¾ and 198 pounds, improve his anticipation.
"World juniors was an unbelievable experience for me, I definitely came back with confidence," Carlo, who is NHL Central Scouting's No. 16-ranked domestic skater, said in a recent interview. "Along with that, the speed of the game there was unbelivable. So coming back, it was a little easier to play in the WHL."
Tri-City, racked by injuries, has been bar-the-door defensive team for much of the season, which has limited opportunities for Carlo and other defencemen to freewheel. There is a belief that the Clorado Springs, Colo., native has the agility and awareness to participate fully in the offence, along with being a big body in the defensive zone.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net17 hrs ago
Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...
Calgary's win over Kelowna last Saturday came while the Rockets were short-staffed. Reading between the lines, it wouldn't be a surprise if Josh Morrissey has to sit out a game or two to heal. (Calgary Herald, Regan's Rant)
Swift Current defenceman Dillon Heatherington has signed an entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization. (FOX Sports Ohio)
Today, a playoff berth for the Regina Pats; somewhere in the near future, world domination. Okay, that might be an overstatement. (Regina Leader-Post)Tue, 3 Mar7:30 PM ESTBuffalo at Tampa BayPreview Game
Pollock’s four points help solidify grasp for Oil Kings on WHL wildcard playoff spot: Sunday’s 3 starsMike Sanderson at Buzzing The Net1 day ago
No. 1 star: Brett Pollock, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Pollock came through for the Oil Kings when they needed it the most, a big four point night for him in a four point game for Edmonton.
The Dallas Stars’ second rounder set the tone for the Oil Kings with three points in the first period as they went on to beat the Prince Albert Raiders 5-3 at Rexall Place.
The only goal Pollock didn’t have a hand in was the winner, as Mads Eller earned his fifth of the season just 21 seconds into the second frame that stood up as the winning marker, but he did have a hand in all the other goals to keep the Oil Kings in the last playoff spot in the East, seven points up on Moose Jaw and 13 points up on Prince Albert with the victory.
Pollock evened last year’s point totals with 55, this season scoring four more goals so far in ten less games. Anything further will be a career high for the three-year WHL vet from just outside Edmonton. He has a four game point streak, with seven points in that span.
Pollock’s linemate Lane Bauer scored a goal of his own and added two assists for a three point night, while the other man on the line, Edgars Kulda, potted the game’s opening goal.
Gatineau Olympiques' Francois Brassard becomes first QMJHL goalie to get 2 goals in a season (VIDEO)Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net2 days ago
For most goalies who scores goals, it's once-in-a-lifetime thrill, yet François Brassard has made Quebec Major Junior Hockey League history by doing it twice in a season.
Exactly 11 weeks after scoring a goalie goal, the overage netminder who's finishing up his junior tenure with the Gatineau Olympiques repeated the feat on Saturday night. This time, the 21-year-old Brassard retrieved a shoot-in by the Saint John Sea Dogs behind his own net and, with textbook hand placement, wristed it 185 feet into the empty cage to wrap up a 6-2 Olympiques victory.
Brassard's earlier goal came Dec. 13, when he was playing for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, during an 8-5 win over the Quebec Remparts. That tally involved shooting the puck off the glass in his own zone and having the puck ricochet down the ice and into the net.
There are 17 players who have appeared in a game for Gatineau this season without scoring more than one goal. And their goalie has two.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net3 days ago
No. 1 star: Samuel Blais, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Blais had four points in the third period, among his five on the night, to help the Tigres outlast the Sherbrooke Phoenix 7-4.
The 18-year-old St. Louis Blues pick had an assist on an early second-period goal by linemate Angelo Miceli, as the teams were square 2-2 after 40 minutes. In the final frame, it got frantic, is Blais (1G-4A, +2) assisted on power-play goals 90 seconds apart with a Phoenix tally sandwiched in between. The teams were tied again with 6:19 left when Blais created a chance that Miceli (3G-1A, +2) capped off to put Victoriaville ahead to stay.
Blais, a sixth-round pick of the Blues, also scored a dagger goal with 3:32 left in the game.
No. 2 star: Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars (WHL)
- Mike Sanderson at Buzzing The Net3 days ago
The Moncton Wildcats announced Friday that equipment manager Dominic Boudriau was let go by the team.
Boudriau pled guilty to drug related charges, namely possession of marijuana with the purposes of trafficking, relating to an event in June last year in Valleyfield, Que.
The QMJHL is in support of the Wildcats’ decision, according to vice president of business operations Ryan Jenner.
The team released a statement Friday night stating that the team released Boudriau after “news that he had appeared on a drug-related charge in a Quebec court”.
Wildcats governor Jean Brousseau told Acadie Nouvelle that Boudriau violated the team’s policies on drugs.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy regarding drugs,” Brousseau told Stephane Paquette of Acadie Nouvelle.
“We are very disappointed in the situation. Everyone has the right to make mistakes, but he made his choice. It’s now his turn to respect ours.”
Jenner said that assistant equipment managers Bob Cormier and Terry Leblanc will take over equipment duties for the rest of the season.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net3 days ago
Over his two full seasons, the Niagara IceDogs' Vince Dunn has emerged as the prototype modern defenceman who can be counted on to kick-start his team's transition to the attack.
The Lindsay, Ont., native is bent on extending the IceDogs' line of offensively savvy rearguards that includes the St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo, Boston Bruins' Dougie Hamilton, New York Islanders farmhand Jesse Graham and Dunn's teammate Blake Siebenaler, a Columbus second-rounder. Dunn is ninth in defenceman scoring in the Ontario Hockey League entering the final three-week sprint of the regular season.
"My strength is definitely my skating and my passing," says Dunn, who was ranked No. 53 on NHL Central Scouting's North American midterm ranking. "I think I have really good vision on the ice and I'm able to beat guys one-on-one and dish the puck off.
"I think I can work on my defence part of the game. Maybe be a little tougher in the corners, hitting guys when they're coming down on me. I think I use my stick really well to take my one-on-one battles."
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net4 days ago
No. 1 star: Sonny Milano, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Milano (2G-2A, +1) scored two third-period goals as Plymouth pulled away for a 6-3 win against the Sarnia Sting to move within five points of the final OHL Western Conference playoff berth. The Columbus Blue Jackets first-round pick capitalized on a power play with 11:23 left in the third to open a two-goal margin, then struck unassisted with 5:50 left to ice the game.
The 18-year-old left wing also assisted on a first-period goal by Victor Crus Rydberg. Milano also assisted on a goal 6:02 second that put Plymouth ahead for good.
No. 2 star: Timo Meier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Meier (2G) ran his point streak to 27 games during the course of Halifax's 6-3 win at Chicoutimi, which would be the longest skein in his league if teammate Nikolaj Ehlers wasn't on a 33-game roll. The 18-year-old NHL draft prospect took a pass from Ehlers (1G-1A, +1) in the first period and scored on a wraparound to open a 2-0 Mooseheads lead. Meier struck again late in the second, giving him 39 goals on the season and 28 over his last 27 games.
No. 3: Hampus Olsson, North Bay Battalion (OHL)Tue, 3 Mar7:00 PM ESTWashington at ColumbusPreview Game