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It’s Hockey time in the Maritimes!

Mathieu Corbeil will try to lead his Sea Dogs back to the Memorial Cup

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

With sweltering heat pounding Halifax and unseasonal highs reaching across the Maritimes, the best hockey of the season is only just arriving.

Despite the heatwave on the East Coast, hockey buffs are getting ramped up for a bevy of playoff battles heading their way.

This may just be the best weekend of hockey the Maritimes will see all year, why not check out all the action?

The Saint John Sea Dogs kicked off their playoffs with a 7-4 win over Cape Breton and will continue that series this weekend, while the Halifax Mooseheads will play host to the Moncton Wildcats in their first round season.

Hot off their Memorial Cup triumph last year, the Sea Dogs are looking to find their way back to defend their title and  win back-to-back championships.

Turn the dial to CIS Hockey and the UNB Varsity Reds play host to the nation with the CIS Men’s Hockey University Cup dropping the puck Thursday afternoon, the tournament includes the second ranked McGill Redmen and four-time champion AUS Runner-ups Moncton Aigles Bleus.

As always, SSNCanada will be covering the CIS action and if you’re looking for the QMJHL games and can’t make it to the rink, you can always watch the TELUS Live broadcasts online.

Need some help keeping track of all the action? See below for all your weekend Maritime hockey needs:

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CIS University Cup

Pool A – UNB (1), Western (4), UQTR (6)

Pool B – McGill (2), Saskatchewan (3), Moncton (5)

Thursday, March 22
Pool B #1: McGill vs. Moncton, 2pm
Pool A #1: UNB vs. UQTR, 7pm

Friday, March 23
Pool B #2: Loser Pool B #1 vs. Saskatchewan, 2pm
Pool A #2: Loser Pool A #1 vs. Western, 7pm

Saturday, March 24
Pool B #3: Winner Pool B #1 vs. Saskatchewan, 11:30am
Pool A #3: Winner Pool A #1 vs. Western, 4:30pm *Also on Sportsnet

Sunday, March 25
University Cup Final, 8pm *Also on Sportsnet

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QMJHL First Round: Saint John Sea Dogs – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles *SJ Leads 1-0

Friday, March 23 – Cape Breton @ Saint John, 8pm

Saturday, March 23 – Cape Breton @ Saint John, 7pm

Tuesday, March 27 – Saint John @ Cape Breton, 7pm

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QMJHL First Round: Halifax Mooseheads – Moncton Wildcats

Friday, March 23 – Moncton @ Halifax, 7pm

Saturday, March 24 – Moncton @ Halifax, 7pm

Monday, March 26 – Halifax @ Moncton, 7pm

Tuesday, March 27 – Halifax @ Moncton, 7pm

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  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 Hockey Finals: Day Three

Morton dominated the game, scoring a hat-trick in the process.

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

On  what was essentially Semi-Final Saturday at the Dalhousie Memorial Arena, the UPEI Panthers upset nationally ranked and AUS Defending champion St. FX X-Women 2-1, while Mount Allison came back from a 4-2 deficit late, to beat Moncton 5-4.

In stunning fashion, the Panthers upset the X-Women after a sensational outing by goaltender Kristy Dobson, who made 33 saves and booked her team a place in the finals.

Both Marie-Michelle Poirier and Katelyn Morton had hat-tricks for their team in the late game, but after taking a 4-2 lead the Aigles-Bleus were unable to hang on and the Mounties powered past them with three unanswered goals, right into the finals on Sunday.

UPEI 2 – 1 St. FX

Stunning the large St.FX Crowd in attendance, the Panthers knocked off the X-Women to put themselves in the AUS finals, the first time in their history reaching the finals.

Outstanding net-minding by Dobson shutdown Janelle Parent and Alex Noremore, ranked 1st and 2nd nationally in scoring, and allowed her team a chance at the win.

Missed opportunities were the downfall for the X-Women, while the Panthers were in lethal form converting on two of their three powerplay opportunities.

It was too little too late for the X-Women, who finally beat Dobson in the final moments and then threw everything they had at the Panthers goalie, but Dobson was equal to the task.

Players of the Game

St. FX – Molly MacDonald

UPEI – Kristy Dobson

Moncton 4 – 5 Mount Allison

Katelyn Morton rallied the Mounties and a late powerplay goal by Ashlyn Somers gave them a huge comeback win, giving them a place in the finals on Sunday.

Moncton roared to an early 2-0 lead on back-to-back goals by Marie-Michelle Poirer, despite being outplayed for much of the period by the Mounties.

In splendid fashion, Katelyn Morton scored a high-light reel goal, going end to end and dancing around Desjardins to cut the lead to one.

Morton tied the game midway through the second at 2-2, before Poirier finished her hat-trick seconds later to take back the lead.

Then with less than a minute left in the game, Amelie Dion scored to give the Aigles-Bleus a dominant 4-2 lead going into the final frame.

Queens of the comeback all season, the Mounties started with a furious assault in the third period on Kathy Desjardins, with Morton completing her hat-trick minutes into the period.

Megan Davies tied the game at 4-4 two minutes later, a floating shot that bounced and trickled through Desjardin’s pads and ignited the Mount Allison faithful in attendance.

To add the finishing touches, Ashlyn Somers scored on a play created by Katelyn Morton, who spent the night crashing the crease and causing havoc in the Moncton crease.

Players of the Game:

Moncton – Marie-Michelle Poirier

Mount Allison – Katelyn Morton

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The tournament will come to a close on Sunday, when the UPEI Panthers play the  the Mount Allison Mounties in the finals at 3pm. The winning team will represent the AUS at the upcoming CIS Championship.

Check out all the action from today’s games at SSNCanada.ca, where Steve Betts and Henry Whitfield have the call from the Dalhousie Memorial Arena.

Sunday, March 4th
Championship Game: UPEI Panthers vs. Mount Allison Mounties, 2:00pm

*Dalhousie and St. Thomas were eliminated on Friday, while St. FX and Moncton were eliminated on Saturday.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  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 Hockey Finals: Day Two Recap

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

Dalhousie Tigers 2 – 1 UPEI Panthers (OT)

A wild second day at the AUS Women’s Championships, where both bouts were ended in overtime.

After a tough 3-1 loss to St. FX on their opening night, the Dalhousie Tigers overcame a slow start to power by the UPEI Panthers in overtime.

The third period saw end to end action, high flying forwards and excellent goaltending from both ends. The Tigers came close when Jenna Currie broke in alone, but Dobson made a big save. Moments later Zoe Zivolak was called into action, stopping Panthers Captain Amber Gaudette on a breakaway.

Cassie Banfield scored the eventual overtime winner for the Tigers, with a packed Tigers home crowd cheering wildly in celebration.

Despite the win, the Tigers unable to win in regulation means that they are out of the tournament.3

Players of the Game:

Tigers – Zoe Zivolak

UPEI Panthers – Kristy Dobson

St. Thomas Tommies 2 – 1 Mount Allison Mounties

Coming into the playoffs, the Mounties had won seven straight games but their luck ran out against the Tommies who rebounded from a big 5-0 loss to Moncton in their opening game.

St. Thomas took a lead early on in the game, with Brewster beating All-Star goalie Corley-Byrne on a scramble play.

With less than a minute left and the net empty, the Mounties tied the game up after the puck was forced over the line by Courtney King and underneath Julia Sharun in net.

Taking a powerplay into the overtime period, Tommies forward Fox took a quick shot that handcuffed Corlee Byrne, and gave her team the win.

Despite the win, the Tommies unable to win in regulation means that they are out of the tournament.

Players of the Game:

Tommies – Julia Sharun

Mounties – Lauren Oickle

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The rest of the tournament will continue Saturday, when the UPEI Panthers play the St. FX X-Women at 3pm and the Mount Allison Mounties play the high-flying Moncton Aigles Bleus at 7pm.

Check out all the action from today’s games at SSNCanada.ca, where Steve Betts and Henry Whitfield had the call from the Dalhousie Memorial Arena.

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

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

*Dalhousie and St. Thomas were eliminated on Friday

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  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 Hockey Finals: Day One Recap

Desjardins and company skated to a big 5-0 win.

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

It was business as usual for the top two teams in the AUS as the Women’s Hockey Finals kicked off.

Top ranked St. FX beat a resilient Dalhousie Tigers 3-1, while Moncton rolled past the St. Thomas Tommies 5-0 in the late game.

Both games were played in front of a packed house, with fans from all four schools vocal in support of their teams.

X-Women 3 – 1 Tigers

The X-Women kicked off the tournament with a highlight  goal from star Alex Normore and dominated for much of the game.

Despite hanging in with the defending AUS Champions for two periods, the TIgers managed to claw back goal after a looping point shot from Miranda McMillan beat goaltender Kristie Garrow.

Unlikely hero Abygail Laking gave her team in the second period with a wrist shot that handcuffed goaltender Zoe Zivolak and the X-Women never looked back.

The Tigers mustered just two shots in the third period, while Erin Brophy added the insurance marker and gave her team a final 3-1 lead.

Players of the Game

X-Women: Abygail Laking

Tigers: Cassie Banfield

 

Aigles Bleus 5 – 0 Tommies

Showing the rest of the AUS that they are a force to be reckoned in the post season, the Aigles Bleus cruised past the Tommies with a convincing 5 – 0 win.

Johannie Thibeault led the way for Moncton, with a hat-trick while Marie-Pier Arsenault had four points on the night with a goal and three assists. Marie-Michelle Poirier added three assists.

Despite the lopsided score, Julia Sharun had a strong game in net and made 43 saves in the loss.

Players of the Game

Aigles Bleus – Johannie Thibeaul

Tommies – Julia Sharun

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The rest of the tournament will continue Friday, when the UPEI Panthers play the Dalhousie Tigers at 3pm and the Mount Allison Mounties play the St. Thomas Tommies at 7pm.

Check out all the action from today’s games at SSNCanada.ca, where Steve Betts and Henry Whitfield had the call from the Dalhousie Memorial Arena.

Friday, March 2nd
Game #3: UPEI (4th) vs. Dalhousie (6th), 3:00pm
Game #4: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. St. Thomas (5th), 7:00pm

Saturday, March 3rd
Game #5: UPEI (4th) vs. St. FX (1st), 3:00pm
Game #6: Mount Allison (3rd) vs. Moncton (2nd), 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 Sportstream.ca  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.

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.

Bye Bye Dalhousie Memorial Arena

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

By: Henry Whitfield

In a year, there will be no ice surface at Dalhousie University.

The University announced yesterday that the Dalhousie Memorial Arena would be demolished in 2012, leaving a gaping hole on the campus.

The decision was made after a Board of Governor’s voted yesterday to approve the plan.

The arena is not just home both Varsity Hockey teams, it is home to 42 Intramural Hockey teams this Winter and countless other community groups and programs, including the Dalhousie Tigers Superskills Hockey Camps.
That’s not to mention that it is the venue that host’s the Annual Residence Charity Face-off each March, an event that has raised an average of $20,000 a year and is played in front of a packed house.

In an article by Halifax Metro, it was estimated that it would cost $3-4 million to fix the current roof and that there were not plans to currently build a new arena, but it may be looked at in the longer term.

A direct quote from Charles Crosby, the University Spokesman said that ““The plan is for it to include things like physio, a cardio area, yoga studios and the like.”

A move like this will no doubt cast doubt upon the future of both Varsity Programs at Dalhousie, with the cancellation of Saint Mary’s Women’s Hockey program last Summer still very fresh on the minds of University Hockey fans across the city.

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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.