TZONE Hockey Night in Halifax: June 4th Replay

Storm 3 – 1 Shamrocks

The Storm improved to 2-0 on the season with a 3-1 win over the expansion Shamrocks. Mitchell Jardine opened the scoring midway through the first for the Shamrocks but Brad Manley tied it up on a highlight reel goal moments later.

The Storm took an early lead in the second period on a goal by Evan Reyno and were unlucky not to add more on an extended 5-on-3 powerplay midway through the period.

James Giffin added the late third goal, while Storm goaltender Thayne Bezanson posted a solid outing between the pipes.

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Royals 4 – 3 Whalers (SO)

The Royals let a 3-0 lead slip away late but were able to pick up the win in shootout, with Rookie Kyle Ervin scoring the winning goal.

Tim Bourque and Tim Sullivan gave the Royals a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Captain Jason Spares making it a 3-0 lead early in the second on a crafty short side goal.

Scott Fraser scored a short-handed goal minutes later and forward Fraser McOut cut the defect to one goal with his first goal of the season. Jake Bullen picked up his  fourth goal of the season with just 1:17 left to send the game to a shootout.

Craig Langille and Sheldon Cruise scored for their teams in the shootout and Ervin added the winners as the Royals took a 4-3 win.

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Generals 4 – 3 Mariners

Mitch Budden opened the scoring for the Mariners but a pair of Bob Sacre goals led the Generals to a 4-3 come from behind win.

Sacre opened the scoring for Generals and Matt Peters gave his team the 2-1 lead on a short-handed goal. Greg Sampson added the third but Budden would claw back a second goal for the Mariners.

Sacre added the fourth goal for the Generals, while the Mariners would add a third goal late on.

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TZONE Hockey Night In Halifax Player of the Night: Bob Sacre (Generals)

– A 2-goal performance led his Generals to their first win of the season and provided a high-light reel goal for the fans at home.

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Henry is a writer for  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

AUS Women’s Varsity Hockey Preview

Parent will be looking to shoot her team to another title

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

AUS Women’s Varsity Hockey Preview

With the regular season wrapped up and teams in their final playoff positions, it’s time to preview the playoffs and the drama about to unfold at the Dalhousie Memorial Arena.

Six teams will vie for a spot in Alberta at the 2012 CIS Women’s Hockey Championship, battling it out for a place in the finals on Sunday and the AUS crown.

St. Francis Xavier X-Women (20-4-0)

Lead by the offensive tandem of Alex Normore and Janelle Parent, St. FX is poised for yet another run at the AUS crown. Despite a challenge all season by second place Aigles Bleues, the X-Women held off the charge and secured first in the league through explosive offence and solid defence.

Leading Scorers: Alex Normore (24-31-55), Janelle Parent (26-33-49)

Head Coach: David Synishin (10th Season)

UdeM Aigles Bleues (16-5-3)

After a highflying start to the season,  Moncton cooled off down the stretch slumping to just four wins in their last ten games. Kathy Desjardins has been outstanding in net all season and lead all goaltenders with 13 wins. The offence has clipped along at a steady rate, scoring almost four goals a game.

Leading Scorers: Marie-M Poirier (24-12-36), Johannie Thibeault (8-23-31)

Head Coach: Dennis Ross

Mount Allison Mounties (14-6-3)

After a number of years at the bottom of the AUS, the Mounties made a surprise charge up the rankings and won their  last seven games, outscoring their opponents 35 to 14, with wins over both StFX and Moncton and a final season 9-1 win over Saint Mary’s.

Leading Scorers: Katelyn Morton (17-7-24), Ashlyn Somers (7-17-24)

Head Coach: Zach Ball (3rd Season)

UPEI Panthers (13-10-1)

Scoring by committee helped the Panthers all season, with Kelsey O’Donnell, Ferran Brown, Janelle McKenzie, Amber Gaudette, Keirstin Visser and Jessie Anne Howard all coming up when scoring was needed. Splitting time in net, Kristy Dobson and Bailey Toupin both played well, but Dobson carried the majority of play down the stretch and will need to step up and be counted in the playoffs.

Leading Scorers: Kelsey O’Donnell (8-12-20), Ferran Brown (9-9-18

Head Coach: Bruce Donaldson (3rd Season)

St. Thomas Tommies (11-12-1)

The Tommies rode consistency all season, their longest losing streak at three games early in the season, beating the top two teams 3-1 in their final four bouts.  To press on in the tournament, the Tommies will need Julia Sharun to continue her strong season between the pipes.

Leading Scorers: Kayla Blackmore (16-14-30), Danielle Miller (8-13-21)

Head Coach: Peter Murphy (10th Season)

Dalhousie Tigers (9-12-3) 

A change behind the bench for the Tigers resulted in a different style of play down the stretch, with All-time scorer Jocelyn Leblanc once again leading the charge. Finishing the season with three straight wins, the Tigers will be hoping to use the energy of a home-crowd to push into the finals on Sunday. The biggest bright spot will be the play of Robin Nicholson, who missed much of the season due to injury, but managed to score score 12 goals and end with 17 points in just 13 games.

Leading Scorers: Jocelyn Leblanc (23-12-35), Jenna Currie (5-20-25)

Head Coach: Sean Fraser (1st Season)

The tournament will kick off on Thursday, with host’s Dalhousie Tigers hosting league leading and defending champion St. Francis Xavier X-Women at 3pm. Check out all the games on SSN Canada, where Steve Betts and Henry Whitfield from the Sportstream team will have the call.

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Thursday, March 1st
Game #1: StFX (1st) vs. Dalhousie (6th), 3:00pm
Game #2: Moncton (2nd) vs. St. Thomas (5th), 7:00pm

Friday, March 2nd
Game #3: UPEI (4th) vs. Loser Game #1, 3:00pm
Game #4: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. Loser Game #2, 7:00pm

Saturday, March 3rd
Game #5: UPEI (4th) vs. Winner Game #1, 3:00pm
Game #6: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. Winner Game #2, 7:00pm

Sunday, March 4th
Championship Game: Pool “A” winner vs. Pool “B” winner, 2:00pm

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Henry is a writer for  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

Give us a break Bobby

By: Henry Whitfield

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

With the Halifax Mooseheads down 3 games to none against the nationally fourth ranked Montreal Juniors, it’s safe to say the writing is on the wall for this season and probably was before the Moose limped into the playoffs.

That being said, it’s not enough to just mail in these games and the Mooseheads showed for three periods that they were willing to work against all the odds.

It’s a shame then that their head coach let them down in the final few minutes and showed once again why this franchise can’t move forward without the right personal behind the bench.

With less than two minutes left in the game, Captain Travis Randell rang a hard shot off the crossbar before Luca Ciampini was then denied seconds later.

Whether the Randell shot went in or not, it was clear when the play was stopped that the Mooseheads were both exhausted and emotionally spent. Charles Bety had his head hung low and the players on the bench were slumped over, knowing that they had missed stealing this game by a matter of inches.

With no review called on the play, Smith had one responsibility and that was to call a timeout and regroup his players, making sure they had their heads on right and were ready for that last minute and a half.

Instead of doing what a Head Coach should do, Smith adjusted his tie and the game moved on and with momentum swung the other way Trevor Parkes raced down the ice and scored the game winner seconds later.

While it is impossible to tell whether the Mooseheads would have won, it’s up to the coaching staff to make the right decisions and do their jobs.

The boys on the ice played one of their best complete games of the season only to be let down inexperienced coach.

With one, maybe two games left for this year, let’s hope that Bobby is done with his little experiment and gets someone with experience to lead this team next year.

Hopefully much deeper into the playoffs.


X-Men Knock Tigers out of Playoffs

By: Henry Whitfield

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

With playoff hockey returning to the Dalhousie Memorial Arena this weekend, the Dalhousie Tigers faithful packed the house Saturday afternoon and watched their Tigers lose on a St. FX goal with just ten seconds left in the game.

It was a cruel way to end the series and knock the Tigers out of their first playoff appearance since 2004.

Goaltender Josh Disher stood on his head for much of the game and did his best to keep the home side in the game, playing shutout hockey for forty minutes.

The Tigers gave their fans plenty to cheer about early on, with Benjamin Brealt and Daniel Bartek both coming close in early moments but denied by solid goaltending from Joseph Perricone.

Brealt came closest to breaking the deadlock with a hard wrist shot that beat Perricone but denied by the post.

In the closing moments of the period Sean Donovan hit Brett Thebrege from behind and was sent to the box for hitting from behind and given an additional 10-minute misconduct.

The X-Men managed to kill off the penalty, but as their penalty expired the visitors were caught with too many men on the ice and ended up back on the penalty kill.

While Bartek and Brealt continued to create chances in the second period, it was Benoit Gervais that gave the Tigers the lead. The defensemen playing on the top forward line picked up a rebound in front and put it over a helpless Perricone.

The Tigers held a one goal lead going into the third period but found themselves on the penalty kill just a few minutes in.

Taking their chance, St. FX tied up the game after a pass by Kevin Undershute was deflected off of Brett Plouffe’s skate and past Disher.

The visiting side took the lead soon after when Undershute found a wide open Chris Hulit alone in front and he buried his goal into the open net.

However, the scrappy Tigers found a way back into the game with Bryce Swan in the box for tripping, Jacob Johnston crept in from the blue line and squeezed a second chance effort past Perricone and tied the game.

The fairy tale ending was not to be, with the X-Men calling a time out on an offensive zone face-off with just a few seconds left in the game.

Executing a perfect play, Jason Bast scored off the face-off win with just ten seconds left in the game. It was a crushing end to a spirited game and the Tigers can leave proud that they played one of their strongest games of the season.

Henry is a contributor to and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Tuesday Mornings at 11. You can follow him on twitter at HenryWhitfield, where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads games


Mooseheads Look to Keep Momentum Going

Young Herd reaping rewards of hard-work

By: Henry Whitfield

Photo Credit: Richard Lafortune

The Halifax Mooseheads have finally found a rhythm knocking off Baie-Comeau Drakkar, PEI Rockets and Drummondville over their last four games, barely losing a close decision to the Moncton Wildcats.

Unfortunately for the Herd that momentum will be hard to keep going, tonight they welcome the top team in the country to the Metro Center. The Saint John Sea Dogs have been head and shoulders above every team this season, currently on an eight game winning streak and fresh off an 11 – 2 dismantling of the Wildcats.

The Sea Dogs also boast an abundance of talent with Jonathan Huberdeau, Zach Phillips and Michael Kirkpatrick leading the way with a combined 212 points between them so far this season.

Meanwhile, the disappointing Mooseheads are warming up and finally showing signs of life in a season full of more downs than ups.

Captain Travis Randall and veteran Gerard Grant have started to show up, complimenting the always hard working Charles Bety to give this young Herd leadership and direction.

Terenzio has been strong in net for the Moose

The goaltending combination of Anthony Terenzio and Piche have given the Mooseheads a chance to win games, making big saves when it counts and making up for defensive mistakes that are common in a young team.

A very young defensive core has also found its game, The big surprise has been young German Konrad Abeltshauser, who has found his slap-shot and is showing his true potential over the last dozen games. The always consistent Steve Gillard continues to impress and even Sawyer Hannay has started to pick up his game.

Highly touted Martin Frk has cooled off a bit, but Carl Gelinas has refound his scoring touch and Summerside, PEI native Darcy Ashley has become a fan favourite with his exciting play and goal scoring ability.

Gelinas has found his scoring touch, netting twice against the Volts

It has been the overall teamwork and hard skating that has led to the Herd’s recent success, finding it’s legs in the third period which has been non-existant all season. Usually a team ready to roll over in the third, this team has been battling for a full sixty minutes and working for points.

However, if the Moose are to have any chance at all against the highflying Sea Dogs then it will come down to staying out of the penalty box and staying focused for a full sixty minutes.

Sound simple?

Probably not.

Henry is a contributor to and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Tuesday Mornings at 11. You can follow him on twitter at HenryWhitfield, where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads games.

So, Do We Cut Sawyer Hannay Now?


Time to get rid of Hannay... Right?

(Photo Credit: Richard Lafortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

Summerside native Darcy Ashley was the standout for the Mooseheads, as Mathieu Corbeil made 29 saves and the Moose cleared out the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 6-2 on Friday night.

Although they won by four goals, the final few minutes of the game were infused with badblood and a few nasty fights that saw a number of penalties and fights go down.

With less than forty-five seconds left on the clock, Sawyer Hannay dropped his gloves after the whistle and went for Vermette, and was assessed an instigator penalty, five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct for fighting in the final five minutes.

And despite the 3-inch height advantaged, Hannay proved once again, that he is only good as a punching bag for the opposition.

My question is this: If the Mooseheads cut Garrett Clarke for taking dumb, needless penalties then what discipline should be given to Hannay when he has been suspended once and could see himself suspended once again for his latest bonehead move.

Hannay is probably half the athlete that Clarke was, has shown himself liable to bad defensive give aways and is facing his second suspension of the season.

So why let him stick around and take up space, when a player like Trey Lewis has proven himself a far more formidable fighter and far more responsible in his own zone.

If Bobby Smith and Cam Russell want to continue with their current path of logic, we should see Hannay packing his bags this week.

But then again this is Moose Country and anything can happen, right?

Henry Whitfield is an avid Mooseheads fan and you can find his thoughts on sports and more on his blog, or follow him on twitter @HenryWhitfield. You can also listen to him on air as a regular contributor to the Bill McLean Sports show on 88.1 CKDU.

Clarke is out, but is it the right move?

Clarke's future is up in the air

(Photo Credit: Richard Lafortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

After a year of issues where Garrett Clarke was benched numerous times by both Cam Russell and more recently new Head Coach Bobby Smith, it was only a matter of time before the young defencemen was cut or dealt by the team.

This week, the team announced that Clarke would be parting ways with the team and that his time in the uniform of the Halifax Mooseheads was over.

It is a confusing ending to the Moncton native’s time in Halifax and for many it was a move that came far to late, but comes at a bizarre time.

Although Clarke was guilty of taking a number of bad penalties in his last game on the ice, this is a player who came into training camp with a new mentality and much better play than last season.

At times last season it appeared that Clarke did not know what the team and coaching staff expected of him, when Spencer Metcalfe was traded in the middle of the season and Sawyer Hannay failed to make the impact needed of the enforcer, it often fell to Clarke to step up and defend the better players and pick up the edge that made him notorious for big, open ice hits but vulnerable to penalties.

The purpose of the Q is to develop these young, talented players into men that can play hockey at the NHL level.

The big question is right there waiting to be asked: Did the Halifax  Mooseheads do what they needed to in order to develop and help Garrett Clarke into becoming a better hockey player and defensemen?

Probably not.

This is a team that finished at the bottom of the league two years in a row and is heading down that path again, a team that has under performed and full of players that have the potential to be stars in this league but seem to be missing the coaching, mentoring and encouragement that young hockey players need.

Sure, Garrett Clarke had a large role to play in his own demise in Moose Country but the responsibility for this failed experiment lays squarely at the feet of Cam Russell and this coaching staff.

With the same staff intact, is it possible a player like Martin Frk, who plays with a very similar edge as Clarke, will go down the same road?

Only time will tell, but I wish Clarke all the best wherever he ends up and maybe he’ll find a coaching staff that can help him adapt his game and hone in that edge.

Henry Whitfield is an avid Mooseheads fan and you can find his thoughts on sports and more on his blog, or follow him on twitter @HenryWhitfield. You can also listen to him on air as a regular contributor to the Bill McLean Sports show on 88.1 CKDU.