Month: January 2012

BREAKING: MacDonald replaced as Dalhousie Athletic Director

(Photo Credit: Dalhousie University)

By: Henry Whitfield

After just two years on the job, John MacDonald has stepped down as the Director of Athletic at Dalhousie University.

In an internal memorandum released this afternoon, Bonnie Neuman, Vice-President Student Services,  announced that long-time Associate Director Karen Moore would be his replacement:

Athletic Director John MacDonald has decided to move on to explore other career options. With thanks to John for his recent service in Athletics and Recreation and his previous service in External Relations, we wish him well in his future endeavors. 

I am pleased to announce that Karen Moore has agreed to take on the leadership of Dalhousie’s varsity athletics Tigers Teams, effective immediately, as Director, Varsity Athletics.  

Karen is superbly prepared for this increase in her responsibilities, with her background as a Dalhousie alumna, former Olympic athlete, former Tigers athlete, winner of the Tigers Athlete of the Year award, inductee to the Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame, winner of the A.J. Sandy Young Award for contributions to sport in Nova Scotia, two-time inductee to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, and of course her six years as a Tigers Volleyball coach and extensive experience as Associate Director of Athletics at Dalhousie since 1990.  Please join us in congratulating Karen on her new role. 

MacDonald may very well be remembered most for his awarding of a 5-year contract extension to Men’s Varsity Head Coach Pete Belliveau, who was recently replaced as Head Coach of the team with 3-years remaining on his contract.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Monday Morning at 10am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

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MooseTalk Monday

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

After stumbling into 2012 with back-to-back losses, the Halifax Mooseheads got back to basics this week and picked up two wins, despite a tough loss to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

Here’s what happened over the weekend.

Mooseheads 6 – 2 Voltigeurs: Opening a three game stretch over the weekend, the Moose rode strong goaltending from Zachary Fucale and dominated visiting Drummondville. With members of the Toronto Blue Jays in attendance, Alexandre Grenier lead the way with 2 goals and an assist, while 2nd overall draft pick Jonathan Drouin scored his first career QMJHL goal.

Moosehead of the Game: Alexandre Grenier

Play of the Game: Scoring his first QMJHL goal and the eventual game winner, Jonathan Drouin took a pass from Grenier and snapped it past the Voltigeurs goalie.

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Mooseheads 4 – 7 Sagueneens: On a night that the whole nation was watching, the Halifax Mooseheads failed to show up and were outplayed for a full 60 minutes.

The Sags dominated through three periods, out shooting the Herd 50-25 and running away with a 7-4 win. A lack of discipline cost the home team, racking up 43 penalty minutes and giving up two powerplay goals.

Moosehead of the Game: Alexandre Grenier

Play of the Game: Opening the scoring, Marty Frk combined with Trey Lewis for a tic-tac-toe play that the Czech forward snapped home and ignited the 6,385 fans in attendance.

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Mooseheads 6 – 4 Screaming Eagles: Bouncing back from a tough game, the Mooseheads had six difference scorers in a game that they trailed 4-3 at the end of the second period.

Goals by Marty Frk, Brad Cuzner and Travis Randell in the third period gave the Moose the win, while Grenier added his fourth goal in three games.

Moosehead of the Game: Marty Frk

Play of the Game: Tying up the game early in the third period, Frk blew past two defenders and snapped home an important goal.

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Coming Up

The Mooseheads head back into action Friday night, they host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on their annual Teddy Bear Toss night before heading to Saint John to play the Memorial Cup Champions on Saturday night.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Monday Morning at 10am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

Tigers Pink in the Rink

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

The Dalhousie Tigers Varsity Women’s Hockey team has a long history of involvement in the community and Friday night the team will continue its support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

With defending champion St. FX in town, the Tigers will don their pinks jerseys to join the battle against Breast Cancer. Last year’s event at the Dalhousie Memorial Arena saw the team raise over $500, with a boisterous crowd of over 300 supporters.

Captain Liz Matheson believes that everyone can do their part, “Being on a varsity team is a big time commitment.  While our team would like to have more time to volunteer and help out in the community, it is sometimes hard to achieve.”

“Hosting a game in support of the  Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation breast cancer game allows us to raise both money and awareness for an amazing organization, while still competing in the sport we love to play.”

This year they hope to top that, offering an auction during the game that includes donations from the Dalhousie Bookstore, Tim Hortons and Adidas, while the Women’s Basketball team will also be at the game selling T-Shirts.

Continuing this tradition is something that First-Year Head Coach Sean Fraser is glad to be a part of, seeing the importance off the ice. “Fridays game’s is not only a very important game in the standings but its a great opportunity for our team to give back.

“Last seasons game was a huge success both on the ice as well in the stands. We hope to build on the success of last years event and generate more awareness for a great cause,” continued Fraser.

The puck drops at 7pm Friday at the Dalhousie Memorial Arena.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Monday Morning at 10am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

New Year, New Attitude: Tigers Win

 (Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

Many were wondering what it would take for the Tigers to win another hockey game.

Apparently all they needed was a new Head Coach, a New Year and a new attitude.

Breaking a woeful 0-11 losing streak the Tigers rewarded new Head Coach Chris Donnelly with a hard-fought win over the St Thomas Tommies Friday night.

In just their third win over the season, they rode strong defensive play and better goaltending from Bobby Nadeau, skating to a 1-0 win.

Earlier in the week, Donnelly set a target of 10 wins to make the playoffs, however, after last nights win over the Tommies it only gets harder.

The Tigers would have to win 9 of their last 13 games, where they face the likes of Saint Mary’s, Acadia, Moncton, UPEI and St FX twice.

The road starts tonight, with the Moncton Aigle Bleus coming to town. Moncton sits fourth in the conference with a 10-5 record, but have cooled off from their hot start just going 3-4 in their last seven games.

Puck drop is 7pm at the Dalhousie Memorial Arena.

Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Monday Morning at 10am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.