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Coaches engage in war of words after rough Wildcats-Screaming Eagles contest leaves defending QMJHL leading scorer injuredMike Sanderson at Buzzing The Net4 days ago
Back-to-back home-and-home series always bring the best out of rivalries, and the rivalry between the Moncton Wildcats and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles is no exception.
After an opening night of theatrics in a 7-3 Cape Breton win with 100 penalty minutes dolled out in Sydney, N.S. on Wednesday, the encore at the Moncton Coliseum was every bit it’s equal, with a 5-2 Moncton win and 112 more minutes in the box.
Basically, circle October 16 on your calendar for the next one. The Moncton Coliseum will be buzzing.
The tension came to a fever pitch late in the third period, when Wildcats star Conor Garland squared off with Screaming Eagles forward Phélix Martineau.
Martineau got the better of the fight, and knocked Garland’s helmet off. After about five seconds of wrestling, Martineau sent Garland to the ice, where Garland hit his head on his discarded helmet and landed, laying motionless on the ice.
Both team’s trainers came to tend to the QMJHL’s defending scoring champion. A stretcher was called, but ultimately not needed as Garland left the ice on his own power.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net4 days ago
There are always surprises with a new endeavour. For the Hamilton Bulldogs, a pleasant one was the din at their home opener.
FirstOntario Centre has a NHL-ish capacity of 17,383, and there's probably a strained analogy that can be made about the size of the Bulldogs' new home and how junior hockey can struggle to get top billing in bigger cities. On the contrary, though, when the Bulldogs (ne Belleville Bulls, 1980-2015) hit the ice last weekend and beat Oshawa in their home opener in front of 5,600 fans, it sounded like any other junior barn.
"It's actually pretty loud," overage forward Stephen Harper, one of the 13 Bulldogs who played in the Bulls' last-ever game on April 14, related on Friday. "I was surprised, with it being so big, You could hear it. Every hit, every shot, the fans got loud. It was great.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net5 days ago
Alexander Nylander scored a pretty slät goal on Thursday. No one actually says that, but they might start if the the Mississauga Steelheads' 17-year-oid continues affirming why he bears watching just as much as his 19-year-old brother, Toronto Maple Leafs top prospect William Nylander.
Playing in his third game in the league, the younger Nylander made the Petes' Cameron Lizotte look like a NHL 16 character who had frozen in place as he danced in and scored on goalie Dylan Wells. And Lizotte is a good defenceman that the Leafs had in rookie camp last month.
For those who also rely on Google Translate to look half-worldly, slät is the Swedish word for smooth.
- Scott Sepich at Buzzing The Net12 days ago
Yahoo’s Buzzing the Net preview the upcoming 2015-16 season, asking the biggest question of each team. Here is the WHL Western Conference preview.
Teams here are listed in predicted order of finish, from first to last.
Kelowna Rockets – 2014-15 record: 53-13-5-1, 112 points; division finish: first; playoff result: won WHL championship; projection: first, B.C.
Can anyone stop the Rockets from getting back to the WHL final?
The Rockets will surely miss the likes of Leon Draisaitl, Madison Bowey and Josh Morrissey, but Kelowna could have as many as 14 guys who played in the Memorial Cup final in May back this season.
With high-end forwards like Coyotes first-rounder Nick Merkley and Sharks prospect Rourke Chartier, as well as a budding star in Dillon Dube, the Rockets should once again have the top offence in the conference. They’ll have to make a decision about overage forwards, but whichever two they keep of the trio of Tyson Baillie, Gage Quinney and Cole Linaker will by key contributors.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net13 days ago
Yahoo’s Buzzing the Net is previewing the 2015-16 Ontario Hockey League season, going by conference by conference, posing the big question of each team and assessing where it stands vis-à-vis the cycle of junior hockey. Today's about a synopsis of the Western Conference after teeing up the Eastern Conference earlier. The OHL season begins Thursday.
Last season — .618 point percentage, third in conference; lost 4-1 to Erie in Round 2. Point of the cycle — Nearing the top.
How soon will Mitchell Marner return and is it possible the Knights could be super-potent even without him?
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net13 days ago
Yahoo’s Buzzing the Net is previewing the 2015-16 Ontario Hockey League season, going by conference by conference, posing the big question of each team and assessing where it stands vis-à-vis the cycle of junior hockey. The Eastern Conference is first, since it includes the reigning champion Oshawa Generals. The OHL season begins Thursday.
Last season — .625 point percentage, second; lost 4-1 to North Bay in Round 2. Point of the cycle — Climbing.
How capable are the Colts of being greater than the sum of their parts and making a run?
Barrie has recorded at least 37 wins and won at least one playoff series for four consecutive seasons, which is noteworthy in a league with so much roster churn. This iteration of the navy and gold lacks a singular talent that builds hype and makes a team a sexy preseason pick, but it's a well-formed team with eight 19-year-olds.
- Mike Sanderson at Buzzing The Net17 days ago
The back end of a back-to-back for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Rimouski Oceanic was cancelled Saturday after a check to the head of forward Samuel Beck sent the rookie to the hospital.
Beck’s head collided with the shoulder of Drakkar winger Simon Desbiens when Beck reached for the puck at the blue line during the first period of their game at the Arena Henry-Leonard.
He made it to his team’s bench, and play resumed until the Oceanic trainer called for the help of the Drakkar trainer and the on-site doctor. After a few minutes, Beck collapsed and was sent straight to the hospital from the player’s bench on a stretcher.
The league released a statement Saturday about the cancellation, saying commissioner Gilles Courteau “took this decision with the Director of Player Safety, Raymond Bolduc, present at the game, in the best interest of Samuel Beck’s health, the players present, the staff of both teams as well as the officials.”
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net18 days ago
Josh Ho-Sang hardly helped his own cause to be viewed as a hockey player solely and less as a Hockey Twitter meme. The highly scrutinized New York Islanders first-round pick, who's not one for being put into the little box that most athletes are put into, especially in hockey, was supposed to get some serious run at the Isles training camp before rejoining the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs.
Instead, Ho-Sang was dealt a tough lesson as the Islanders sent him back to Niagara on Friday for being late to the first day of their main training camp. Who knows, perhaps there was confusion over whether the practice session was in Brooklyn or on Long Island.
From Arthur Staple:
Joshua Ho-Sang was late for the first day of #Isles training camp. He's been sent back to Niagara of the OHL. Camp over for him.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net20 days ago
While the Hamilton Bulldogs have yet to play their first regular-season game, they might have already locked up the Ontario Hockey League's highly unofficial and subjective Celebrity Connections Cup.
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs released a video of Hollywoood icons Tom Hanks and Martin Short, who was born in Hamilton, having fun being silly yelling, "Go Bulldogs!" That, to understate for effect, is a little more impressive than getting the ubiqutious local celebrity to perform a ceremonial faceoff. So kudos to Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer and his staff for whatever channels they had to work through to get Short and two-time Academy Award winner Hanks together.
That's publicity that cannot be bought, except for when fans throw a barrage or snack food at a coach or player.
- Mike Sanderson at Buzzing The Net26 days ago
Yahoo’s Buzzing the Net will preview the upcoming 2015-16 QMJHL season, going division by division and asking the biggest question of each team. Here is the West Division preview. The East preview is available , and the West Division is available . The season opens on Thursday with the defending President’s Cup champion Rimouski Oceanic hosting the Shawinigan Cataractes
Saint John Sea Dogs – 2014-15 record: 32-26-4-6 for 74 points; Division finish: 3rd; Result: Lost to Baie-Comeau in first round;
Will this year’s team be as good as the 2009-2012 editions?
They have the potential. With seven NHL picks on the roster, they are the deepest team in the league, though they aren’t close to the 13 picks the 2009-10 team eventually boasted, or the 11 picks from the back-to-back Memorial Cup teams.
Joe Veleno, the first overall pick in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft, will likely be another NHL pick, while Luke Green will probably go high in this year’s NHL edition. His brother Matt could also be picked, and Nathan Noel and Bailey Webster could both be picked in their draft+1 years. That would make 11 picks, and that would be a close call.