Dalhousie Tigers

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.

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 Sportstream.ca 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