09-10 Maritime Jr. A. Hockey League season

AUShockeyfan
09-18-2009, 01:52 PM
Thread concerning all things MJAHL....

http://mjahl.com/

With each team having already played one game by now (with exception of Woodstock although they play tonight), who are the favorites to win the league title, and compete at the FPC and hopefully the RBC?

Meek Div.
Summerside Western Capitals
Woodstock Slammers
Miramichi Timberwolves
Campbellton Tigers
Dieppe Commandoes

Bent Div.
Truro Bearcats
Amherst Ramblers
Halifax Lions
Yarmouth Mariners
Bridgewater Lumberjacks
Weeks (Pictou) Crushers

Last years defending league and FPC champs Summerside Caps will be in tough defending their titles, having lost key pieces to the puzzle, however, with emerging rookies Myers and Ashley, the Caps might be poised to defend their title successfully.
Always competitive Truro will be just that this season, adding two renouned 20 y.o. Moosehead players this season adding further depth. This could turn out to be the most competitive season in years...

AUShockeyfan
09-19-2009, 01:07 AM
Inspired by Halifax's showing at the gate last night, took a look around the Country and to see how other towns/cities fared on their first home games of the season:

MJAHL:
Dieppe 454
Weeks 300
Amherst 890
Campbellton 720
Truro 825
Summerside 890
'Jacks 585
Halifax 1250
Woodstock 694
Yarmouth 1117
Miramichi 1011

SJHL:
Yorkton 845
Nipawin 780
Kindersley 613
Melville 465
Melfort 948
Humboldt attendance not reported
Flin Flon 1401
Wilcox 500
Estevan 735
Weyburn 1156
La Ronge 699
Battlefords 839

MJHL:
Neepawa 651
OCN Blizzard 535
Winnipeg Saints 281
Selkirk 677
Swan Valley 498
Steinbach 459
Winnipeg South Blues 175
Dauphin 1218
Winkler 479
Waywayseecappo 458
Portage not reported

LHJAAAQ
Longueuil 804
Sherbrooke 225
Granby 623
Terrebonne 306
Joliette 350
Vaudreuil-Dorion 326
Thetford Mines 323
Sainte-Agathe 303
Valleyfield 710
Sainte Jerome 1315
Kahnawake 325?
Princeville 325?
Lachine 325?

SIJHL
It appears Wisconsin are no longer involved with the SIJHL - part of the Tier III Minnesota Junior Hockey League
Fort William (not recorded)
Dryden 394
Fort Frances 400
K&A Wolverines (?Thunder Bay) 186
Sioux Lookout (inaugural season I think) 409

NOJHL
Sudbury 162
Manitoulin 327
Temiscaming 471
Abitibi 741
Blind River 303
North Bay 995
Soo Tbirds 277
Soo Eagles 429

OPJAHL
Mississauga 250
Brampton 100
Kingston 425
Bramalea 50 (2nd game was 82)
Couchiching 433
Huntsville 452
Trenton 400
Buffalo 100
Vaughan 245
Georgetown 350
Villanova not reported
Oakville not reported
Aurora not reported - Dumaresque p/u the win 19/8/09
Milton 200
Collingwood 200

CJHL
Smiths Falls 612
Ottawa 165
Cornwall 948
Kanata 157
Carleton Place 247
Brockville 453
Kemptville 454
Gloucester 215
Hawkesbury 287
Pembroke 1133
Nepean 125
Cumberland 217

AJHL
Calgary Royals 322
Canmore Eagles 296
Drumheller 1163
Lloydminister 672
Calgary Canucks 300
Spruce Grove 705
Olds 756
Bonnyville 968
Camrose 1863
Sherwood Park 850
Ft. Mac. 1760
St. Albert 377
Brooks 748
Okotoks 743
Grande Prairie 2308
Drayton Valley 727

CCHL
Newmarket 430
Markham 321
Stouffville 296
Cobourg 256
Orangeville 240
Pickering 228
Lindsay 213
Bowmanville 184
Ajax 55
Burlington 159
Upper Canada 76
Whitby 62
Dixie 54
Hamilton 100
Seguin 100
St. Michaels 49
North York 39
Streetsville 61
Peterborough 212
Toronto 145
Wellington 373


Saving the best for last - BCHL
Prince George 1478
Surrey 1072
Vernon 2463 (no doubt unveiling a banner or two)
Williams Lake 857
Cowichan Valley 1122
Merritt 719
Nanaimo 1788
Powell River 1008
Salmon Arm 1284
Langley - get this, 4112 (2nd game 1873)
Quesnel - 702
Westside 1257
Alberni Valley 1351
Trail 1029
Victoria 1612
Burnaby 575
Penticton 2090

This was done for the sake of curiosity and not too demean any town. Should revisit these number around Xmas time and see what kind of "fan staying power" the leagues have, esp. the BCHL...

Alpine
09-19-2009, 11:49 AM
17 MJAHL games to be broadcast on Rogers TV NB provincial network.
http://www.mjahl.com/news.php?ID=1269

AUShockeyfan
09-21-2009, 11:55 PM
Headed an hour southwest to Bridgwater to see the Lumberjacks vs. Yarmouth. Great game with Yarmouth coming out the victors 3-2 in the infamous SO. Mariners Goaltender and Halifax native Justin Collier sensational for Yarmouth stopping 52 of 54 with nearly half of the saves being of the difficult variety. Collier displayed incredible athleticism, flexibility and quickness leading his team to victory tonight. Goaltender Hall for Bridgewater was equally sharp - very efficient, fundamentally sound goaltender makes the position look easy. SO goal scored by recent Moosehead cut Ryan Nickerson gave Hall no chance on a move similar to a Sam Gagner SO deke goal. Two balanced teams played the part tonight, and playing in such a small rink made for added excitement....

AUShockeyfan
09-21-2009, 11:59 PM
Article on 16 y.o. standout for the Summerside Western Capitals, Darcy Ashley. At 5'9", 170 he's already made a name for himself just a couple games in. It's said that Darcy aspires to play NCAA in the future - all the best kid!

From mjahl.com...
http://mjahl.com/news.php?ID=1273

AUShockeyfan
09-24-2009, 09:48 PM
Pretty decent game at the Halifax Forum tonight btw the Lions and the Truro Bearcats, with former Moosehead Eric Louis-Seize scoring the winner with jsut over 8 mins. left to lift his Truro team to a 3-2 win in front of close a 1000 at the Forum.

Truro's seemingly defense-first approach worked for the most part, smothering the Lions in their zone by times and denying the Lions any speed through the neutral zone they'd try and generate. However, this young Lions team by times were able to break down Truro and create a few scoring chances, but Kirk Rafuse was there to shut the door. For Halifax, Kody Blois played a solid game btw the pipes keeping his team close until the end.

Truro, led by coach Shawn Evans, are going to be tough to beat this season - they have alot of experience on their club who abide by coach Evans systems, which includes a suffocating trap that is tough to break down.

AUShockeyfan
09-28-2009, 11:39 PM
Just an FYI the MJAHL Showcase is THIS weekend, held October 2-4 @ Credit Union Place in Summerside, PE....

http://mjahl.com/news.php?ID=1278

Just wonder how/if other CJAHL leagues fare with their Showcase-type events - i.e. well attended, heavily scouted, etc...

AUShockeyfan
10-01-2009, 09:12 PM
Caps take it to Weeks in New Glasgow winning 7-3. Young Darcy Ashley continues to impress scoring twice and adding two assists with Paul Dorsey turning away 39 of 42 shots. The line of Ashley, Harrison McIver and Trevor Carmichael continue to rack up the points sitting 1, 2, and 3 in the league's early scoring race.

In other action, the young Dieppe Commandoes defeat the Yarmouth Mariners 4-1 earning their first win of the season - could be a long year for Dieppe, with a team GAA over 5 at the moment. However, with 11 rookies on the squad have to think there will be better days ahead ...

The MJAHL Showcase starts tomorrow afternoon, and continues through till late Sunday afternoon.

AUShockeyfan
10-01-2009, 09:17 PM
Here's the sched. and ticket info for the Showcase....

Friday, October 2nd

Miramichi vs Bridgewater 2:00pm
Truro vs Dieppe 4:30pm
Summerside vs Yarmouth7:30pm

Saturday, October 3rd

Dieppe vs Miramichi 10:00am
Campbellton vs Truro 12:30pm
Bridgewater vs Halifax 3:00pm
Amherst vs Yarmouth 5:30pm
Pictou vs Woodstock 8:00pm

Sunday, October 4th

Halifax vs Campbellton 11:00am
Woodstock vs Amherst 1:30pm
Summerside vs Pictou 4:00pm

Participants - All 11 MJAHL teams will be involved in the Showcase with each team playing 2 regular season games over the span of the 3 day event.

Admission Prices - Tournament passes and day passes will be available. Stay tuned for pricing details.

Scouting Packages - Scouts interested in Showcase Weekend and MJAHL Scouting packages can obtain their accreditation and packages by contacting Avid Media at the following:

Mike Carter
Telephone: 902-742-3073
email: mike@avidmedia.ca

AUShockeyfan
10-03-2009, 01:16 PM
16 y.o. Darcy Ashley continues to impress, posting another 4 point game (1G3A), along with linemates Carmichael (2G2A) and McIver (1G3A) in the Caps 5-1 win over the lackluster Yarmouth Mariners at the Showcase last night.

Today's results thus far include the young Dieppe Commandoes shutting out the Miramichi Timberwolves 1-0 to earn their 2nd win, with Robert Steeves making 35 saves for the W, and the most recent game saw the defensive-minded Truro Bearcats defeating another young squad, the Campbellton Tigers, 5-3.

Further results from Friday includes Bridgewater getting back on the right track beating Mira 4-2 and Truro shutting out Dieppe 2-0 (Rafuse stopping all 10 shots faced.)

AUShockeyfan
10-03-2009, 01:32 PM
Here are the averages/league for opening day attendance:
BCHL: 1442
AJHL: 916
SJHL: 816
MJAHL: 795
MJHL: 493
LHJAAAQ: 481
NOJHL: 463
CJHL 417
SIJHL 347
OPJAHL: 267
CCHL: 174


Top 10 oda's were:
Langley: 4112
Vernon: 2463
Grande Prairie: 2308
Penticton: 2090
Camrose: 1863
Nanaimo: 1788
Ft. MacMurray: 1760
Victoria: 1612
Prince George: 1478
Flin Flon: 1401

AUShockeyfan
10-03-2009, 10:31 PM
Results of last 3 games from today at the showcase saw Bridgewater denying Halifax their first win, winning in OT 2-1, Yarmouth bounce back after their loss to Summerside last night to beat the nationally ranked Amherst Ramblers 3-1, and Weeks hands Woodstock their first loss winning in a shootout, 2-1...

Tomorrow's sched. has Campbellton facing Halifax, Woodstock playing Amherst, and the finale with Weeks taking on the showcase hosts Summerside....

AUShockeyfan
10-04-2009, 06:00 PM
Last day of the Showcase results:
Halifax picks up their first win of the season beating Campbellton 5-4.
Woodstock, behind the efforts of goaltender Andre Guay, shut out the Amherst Ramblers 5-0.
Lastly, Weeks rebound from an earlier 7-4 loss to Summerside a few days ago to beat the Caps 5-4.

AUShockeyfan
10-05-2009, 02:41 PM
Campbellton trades 6'6", 220 lbs RW Andrew Smith to the Pembroke Lumber Kings for futures - great pick up by Pembroke, definitely Campbellton's loss. Kid had a good Moosehead camp; not sure if he's still NCAA eligible by virtue of attending the Moose camp (if he did not meet NCAA eligibilty criteria or not...)

AUShockeyfan
10-06-2009, 09:48 PM
Big suspension handed out today, as Dakota Johnson was dealt a 20 game suspension for what was deemed a deliberate attempt to injure. Johnson apparently suckerpunched Amherst's Scott Bragg after Bragg speared another Yarmouth player. Bragg required Hospitalization and Surgery for a fractured jaw suffered as a result of the punch.
More from the Amherst Daily News....

http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=292383&sc=59#

AUShockeyfan
10-07-2009, 04:00 PM
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles send 6', 168 lb D Richard Greer to the Summerside Western Capitals, as the Screaming Eagles are making room for the return of Jan Piskacek....

http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=292806&sc=146#

AUShockeyfan
10-08-2009, 10:15 PM
Decent game at the Forum tonight in Halifax. Lions skated hard tonight as usual, but were unable to get into the prime scoring areas it seemed, with the majority of their shots 15+ feet away it seemed. Lions were their own worst enemy as well, taking bad unecessary penalites ex. Dman Mariani called for holding behind the play while the Lions were on the offensive in the neutral zone, and Wiggington with an elbow during some decent pressure the Lions had created for themselves in the third in miras end. Thought the Lions played a little sloppy third as well - bad passes out of their end that were picked off by Mira forwards, and looked disorganized in general at times. The Lions did score what appeared to be the tying goal with less than 1 min. left crashing the crease, with the goallight coming on but for whatever reason the ?goal was disallowed (not sure if they addressed the reason why on the PA or not - didn't hear anything.

Mira have a big team with Telford leading the way in that department, but also another kid Kyle Lempanski has to be 6'4"/6'5" range - had an effective game. Mira Dman Owens doesn't do a whole lot wrong with the puck - nothing too fancy just makes the right play. Also demonstrated great ability to anticipate the play as well picking off the occasional pass. Luke Gallant did not see too much in the way of difficult shots - did appear a little jittery in the third. Overall for a big goalie moves well, good butterflyer and absorbs pucks up high fairly well.

Tanner Manson had a good game tonight, perhaps the best he's had at the Forum this season, skated hard the whole night and of course got into the scrap with Dyck. Would like to see him finish checks a little more though - peeled away when it looked as though hw was going to plaster someone. Blois played a very good game, made some great reflex-type saves from in close with his pads during the first - Both Mira goals 1st one pass out in front one timed over Kody's R shoulder, 2nd goal PP garbage goal just Mira players hanging around the crease and finally banged one home so not much of a chance for the kid. Lions PP goal a nice one - King had the puck to Gallants R side, faked a shot and sucked the Mira player in as he dropped to block, Dylan waited patiently for the guy to slide by, took the shot, Gallant saves, rebound goes to Clarke at the corner of the net and scores. Last thing Stephen Woodworth ('93) if he plays the way he did tonight, he won't be around long with the Lions - not sure who owns his Q rights but this 16 y.o. was very good tonight - looked as if he's played in the league for two or three years already; definitely one to watch.

Good game at the Forum tonight, so good in fact that one jackass said "hm, pretty good for Jr. A" Good crowd again tonight.

AUShockeyfan
10-10-2009, 12:52 AM
Made the drive for a very enteratining and controversial game tonight.

Will get this out of the way first. Have not seen a game called so poorly in some time. IMO, the 2 worst calls were the Amherst goal that was kicked in - I was standing behind the goal, it did not appear the Amherst's players foot was anywhere near the puck, in fact, the player knocked it on out of the air with his stick - I loved how Amherst coach Crocker slammed the door just as Blanchard got there to explain. However, a little redemption for Amherst as Kody Orr's goal was a blatant high stick, at least 4 inches above the cross bar anyway. Second one miss was a brutal CFB in the third on a Caps player in Amherst's R corner - as plain as day you could see his hands on the Caps players back, and he shoved him into the boards - I don't think the Amherst guy was trying to hurt our guy, but it was so obvious. Yet, this jackass calls all the little stick bs; felt bad for Will - his last two penalties against him were BRUTAL CALLS inparticular the last one.

Anyways, the game was as close as the score was, although I thought our guys did a better job managing the puck in Amherst's zone than the opposite. McIver/Carmichael/Ashley have great chemistry and exhibited the chem. in the first making an nice 3 or 4 way passing play that almost ended with a finish. Former Moosehead Chad Earle for Summerside played in spurts tonight - one minute he's there dominating with the puck and the next nowhere to be found although he made a seemingly effortless end-to-end rush near the end of the third that gave we Caps fans some hope, but to no avail. Other players that impressed for Summerside were 14 Cameron - skated very hard tonight, and Jason Gallant l(Son of Gerard) looked real good I thought the kid hustled his ass off - unfortunately left the game with an upper body injury, or was it lower body can't remember:sarcasm: Dan Whelan - well, was a little frustrating to watch at times but won't dig in to him grrrrrrrr........ Big Will has to get right on top of the goaltender when screening and not hang on just to the left or right - Waye saw way too many pucks tonight when the Caps were on the PP. New guy Greer - felt bad for him taking that roughing call early in the first - jsut trying to fit in and impress his new teammates and the trip later on. Took him about 40 mins. to adjust but afterwards he looked a little more settled. Dorsey came up with some great saves tonight showing his lateral quickness, but the first goal down in the bfly waaaaay to early and Matthews just walked in front and buried the thing with little difficulty or so it appeared. For all the hype which is based on the toughness of the Caps, I didn't see it tonight except when it came to the fisticuffs; the boys were peeling away from hits and were a little lackluster on the forecheck by times.

Just to rip off Maguire - my Monster was big Defenseman Wes Herrett - he and D partner Brandon Mercer did an outstanding job, in particular Wes, with the Caps players whenever our forwards were in Amherst's zone. They were physical, tough, strong, assertive, and didn't take a backwards step. Don't know Wes's game, but he impressed me tonight. And Kody Orr - making that nice shot block in the 1st on a Caps PP, and popping right back up shows this kid's great speed, strength, and athleticism - and of course his hand/eye skills on his goal. Lastly Waye saved the day in the third, making an unreal save on a point blank onetimer flicking out his L pad just in the knick of time to help preserve the win. Oh, and call-up Clarke was very good tonight as well - didn't panic when he had the puck. Corey stuck him out on a few PPs and I thought he fit in nicely - great job tonight Michael...

Both teams had very good spells on their PPs. But the Caps have to get away from the moronic after the whistle bs - not sure who it was but at the end of the second one of our guys gave an Amherst player a shot knocking him down - some sort of crosscheck I believe - no call. And Parker Deighan in the second going after Chipman in front - and you'd never guess what happend - he charged Chipman standing in front of Paul, and nails him in the face glove/stick punch - maybe could be desribed as a suckerpunch? Chipper goes down, but gets up and the gloves are off.... Parker's infraction wasn't called (what a surprise tonight ) but it's that bs that is going to cost us if it hasn't already - oh yeah, did i mention we were killing a penalty at the time? THINK...

Amherst were good for the points tonight, though if not for a couple breaks things might have been different. Think Balnchard called off 4 possible goals tonight? Anyways, always nice to take in a game at the Stadium - fans are passionate about their team without a doubt - hot dogs aren't too shabby either....

AUShockeyfan
10-11-2009, 09:31 PM
Saturday 10/10/09

Apparently Amherst came out with a weak effort, after upsetting Summerside, against Weeks losing 6-3 in Amherst.....

Battle of the youngsters saw Dieppe over Campellton 2-1....

Miramichi kicked off their weekend with a 3-1 win over the Yarmouth Mariners....

The best defensive team in the league defeats a game Bridgwater club 5-2 in Truro..

Sunday 11/10/09

Lone game today btw Miramichi and Summerside saw the Timberwolves defeat the Caps 4-3 at CUP...

AUShockeyfan
10-15-2009, 10:26 PM
Another great game tonight at the Forum, with the Lions coming out on top 3-2 on OT over the nationally ranked Bearcats - Travis Perry with the winner on what looked to be a deflection in front of Rafuse....

Very physical affair this evening with both teams giving and taking solid hits. Another prominent feature were special teams tonight - inparticular for Halifax obviously going 2/5 on their PP and shutting down Truro's PP, going 0/6. Halifax PK continues to impress - Troy really has them playing aggressive in that situation, where Shawn had his guys sitting back in the box playing it fairly passive.

First period Lions came out showing their usual speed with Truro appearing to have difficulty containing the Lions forwards through the neutral zone. Lions did an OK job on the forecheck, but players still not finishing their checks when pressing. Truro just looked average throughout the period, though one player Shawn Wright was quite engaged in the play throwing his 165 lb frame around trying to disrupt any Lion momentum. Kody was very good making some real sharp saves on a couple of occasions in his butterfly. Louis XVI just skating around looking to hit, and really nothing else - perhaps that's why he didn't see too much ice in the second Dilosa scored on a Lion PP looked to be a bang/crash-type goal couldn't really see....

Second period Truro came out with a little moer jump and essentially owned about 8 of the first 10 minutes in the period, with the Lions having to ice the puck seemingly several times to relieve pressure. Lions seemed to get it together in the later half of the period. Lions scored their second on a 5 on 3 Wiggington slaping home a rebound of of Rafuse's R pad - felt bad to McAskill for taking the second penalty, just made a solid play along the boards and the Lion players just tripped on his stick nothing intentional.

Third period all Truro early on, with the "T's" scoring 2 in the first 6 mins. of the period - first goal center in front one timed, hit something and plast Blois, 2nd goal shot from the mid slot, Kody parcially screened, got a piece, but trickled behind with Kody scrambling but unfortunately swatting the puck in his own net - was destined to go in anyways.... To Kody's credit, the kid showed resilience and came back to make some unbelievable stops in the mid-to-late portions of the period to keep his team in the game. Evans put Louis XVI in the game, and was belted along hte boards by Manson - Eric tries to get back at Tanner later in the period but bounces off the Tanner. Lions were exposed a bit in the period, with a couple players obviously struggling out there conditioning-wise to keep up with Truro's pressure in the Leo's end. If not for Blois the game's over in reg..

OT was simple Woodworthh takes the puck on the R point, throws a shot in front and Perry appears to get a piece and the games over.

Standouts tonight not mentioned were John MacDonald who was exceptional on the PK tonight, Lenehan used his wheels effectively tonight. Collectively the Cats played pretty well tonight, but had difficulty coping with the Lions speed and pressure when breaking out. Again, Shawn Wright had a solid game.... Reffing was below-average - what a surprise

Glad to see the Lions beat the mighty Cats proving they are not invinsible. This game and result could go a long, long way for Halifax as the season moves on....

Other game on the sched. this evening saw Yarmouth lose another, this time to Weeks 3-2 in OT in New Glasgow...

AUShockeyfan
10-17-2009, 10:07 PM
Busy in night in the MJAHL, with 4 games on the sched..

Yarmouth picks up a win shutting out Amherst 1-0, Truro bounces back after their first loss of the season to beat Dieppe 5-0, Top team in the Meek Woodstck Slammers defeat division rival Campbellton 6-4, and young Darcey Ashley for Summerside had another impressive game with 2G1A but in a loss to the Miramichi Timberwolves 4-3.

Tomorrow sees Truro taking the trip north from Dieppe to face Campbellton, and Dieppe travel north to the Island to face Summerside.

AUShockeyfan
10-22-2009, 10:28 PM
Kudos to Bridgewater tonight as they played a terrific road game to earn the 3-2 win over the Halifax Lions at the Forum.

Missed the first 10 minutes, so we'll have to hear from the others about the first 3 goals. Bridgewater were solid all game long - Bottomley clearly had his kids up and ready for this game; they finshed their checks, were persistent on the forecheck, sound defensively, and goaltender Hall looked very confident out there and made a couple nice saves. Thought Fitzgibbon played a great game for the 'Jacks. The third goal was scored on a goal mouth scramble, Kody made 2 or 3 brilliant saves and while lying on his back appeared to have the puck btw his legs, unknowingly, and moved with the puck coming free and Matt snow on the doorstep just putting enough steam on the puck to have it slide under Blois for the eventual winner. Afterwards, they did a great job pressing the Lions and pinning them on their side of the rink for a spell. Althought for the longest time it appeared there wasn't much to choose btw the two teams, in the end the Jacks were full value for their win tonight.

Lions brought their usual elements to the game, although thought they were just a little inconsistent by times with the occasional errant pass, and a couple poor shifts, and still not finishing their hits. Another trend that seems a bit bothersome, is even strength guys can't get the puck into the prime scoring areas with the majority of their chances being from the "outside". But there were bright spots: Kody continues to show why he should be in a topic concerning the top 5 goalies in the league - only thing tonight he was commiting a little too much on his right side when challenging shooters, when backing up his R leg would be on the otherside of the post so R to L movement was a bit of an issue for him - and really that is what caused him to take that DOG penalty to put his team down two in third - pucking the net off as he was out of position. Other than that, he was steady. Kyle Dilosa had a good game for Halifax thowing his weight around and a couple shots on goal. And as a whole, the Lions D very steady tonight too. Think the Lions need that one offensive player capable of scoring 30-40 goals and a setup man to be a complete team (of course those type of players are everywhere ) IMO have all the weapons otherwise...

Nice to see a good crowd again at the rink, with a good turnout of Bridgewater fans.

To Forum staff: upgrad the mooring situation with the nets - they come off so easily with little disturbance - must have been cause for at least 6 or 7 stoppages tonight...

AUShockeyfan
10-29-2009, 10:38 PM
Congratulations to the MJAHL All Stars, who tonight defeated the Canada East team 6-5 in Truro NS in the SO. This game is a warm up for Canada East in prepaeration for the World Jr. A Challenge to be held in Summerside, PE from Nov. 1-8. Statistical standouts tonight rom Canada East were Greg Carey (1G2A - Burlington Cougars) and Jacob Laliberte (2G1A - Hawkesbury) and for the MJAHL All Stars Dana Fraser (1G1A - Truro), Matt Milson (1G1A - Miramichi), and Nick Huard (2A). Goaltenders - for the MJAHL Kirk Rafuse (Truro) faced 35 shots, where Canada East duo Jordan Ruby saw 16 shots during the first 40 and Matt Ginn faced 14 shots during the last 25 mins. SO saw 18 shooters before Rafuse stopped Kyle just to win it for the All Stars.

Hopefully a victory over Canada East's best by the league All Stars will garner some attention around the Country.

Also, in exhibition play Canada West defeated Belarus 3-2 in the SO - in Amherst NS.

AUShockeyfan
11-12-2009, 10:26 PM
Only word that describes tonight's game in Halifax is WOW....

The cardiac kids came back late to tie the game, but in the end it was the Slammers who prevailed winning it in OT 4-3.

There wasn't one player tonight that didn't give it his all - every single player had a part to play in this game at some point or other. Sure there were a couple turn overs blah blah blah but on the whole, was a outstanding game. Woodstock do not have too many weaknesses that is for sure. Each player for them is so strong on the puck, the bigs use their size well (Tesink plays like a 6'4" 230 player Dman should play - kid can skate too, but only knock IMO tonight was it takes him 30 light years to turn from backwards to forwards.) Slammers dump and chase was reasonably effective as they did end up with the puck a few times doing this. They were able to sustain long periods of pressure in the Lions end being able to hold the puck in a t the blue line, which ultimately led to their third goal. Just a big, strong skating team that is very well coached. Also, they were able to stretch the Lions players out, creating space for themselves which in part led to the OT winner (keeping in mind it was 4 on 4). Lastly, I believe some Slammer fans have expressed concern with regards to their goaltending - Guay had the start and played very, very well. Made an incredible save on ?Lenehan at the R side of thenet with Stuart starring at a yawning cage, Guay reached back with his stick and batted it down in mid-air - unreal stop.

Lions played with their usual speed and persistence, no doubt giving the Slammer D fits with those qualities. Absent tonight were Tanner Manson and Ben Clarke; in a game like this Tanner would have thrived with the physicality and the pace. Boys had a hard time clearing their end, again, in part to some tremendous effort by Slammers pressuring the Lions D and causing them to make some mistakes, and holding the puck in. However, the Lions made some fantastic breakouts, individually and as a team (Mariani comes to mind - when he's on his game, he's a huge, huge asset to the team.) Both teams PK and PP were on. And of course, Kody Blois was just sensational - what does this kid have to do to get a look? Everyone talks about Collier (no disrespect intended towards Justin - Lord knows he's earned it), but Kody IMO has to be considered "1a" in this league. Night after night after night he gives his team a chance. If all goaltenders in this league adopted his work ethic in the crease, his persistence, his savy, desire, and his commitment to every shot, the MJAHL without question would house the best goaltending in Canada.

The goals - Lions opened the scoring I believe it was off a Guay rebound with Dilosa putting it home. Slammers tied it up shortly thereafter with Williamson earning the tally (can't remember that one.) Can't even remember the next two goals, but Slammers third a result of keeping the play in the Lions zone for at least 45 secs and Williamson again firing it past Kody short-side. Late in the third Justin Belanger scored on Guay R side somehow beating him low with the puck squeaking through (didn't really see it.) Lions almost scored very late with Perry having a wide open net to backhand the puck in, and it appeared the puck hit a stick and went over the net. Also, the Slammers in teh dying munutes had three solid chances to finish the game but could not convert on some nifty passing. OT winner saw the Slammers maintaining pressure in the Leos zone, just stretchng the Lions out, Bailey beat his man to Kody's left, and received a nice pass from Kosolofsky which ended it with one minute remaining.

Again, just a hell of a game - the way we all want to see Hockey be played...

blackmarketmob
11-20-2009, 12:21 PM
Hey, AUShockeyfan, I have a question regarding the strength of the MJAHL. I see there is a post in this forum where one poster ranked the tier II leagues in Canada, and the MJAHL was sort of mid range, but behind some of the other leagues like the BCHL, AJHL, and Ontario's new CCHL. It was in similar territory to the MJHL and SJHL. Anyhow, just wondering your take on the strength, and also where it fits in to the role of being a developmental league. Does it graduate many players to the NCAA? Both being CIS fans, I know it has produced some guys who have prominent roles (like Lachlan Macintosh tearing it up at this past year's nationals) and also some who are more role players, behind Major Junior graduates, at the CIS level.

I am curious, as this year Laurier has 2 players who played last year in the MJAHL. Since I have started going to school there, these are the first 2 who come to mind. Jason Bergeron (who also played OPJHL, NCAA, OHL and then MJAHL) played with Miramichi last year, and Brad Jackson was in the top ten in the league with 77 points with Woodstock. We also have guys from NCAA, WHL, OHL, old OPJHL, AJHL, BCHL and some Junior B.

AUShockeyfan
11-30-2009, 11:20 PM
Has been a while since there's been any sort of update re/ the MJAHL, so let's catch up...

The Woodstock Slammers continue to be the "toast" of the league, remaining undefeated in regulation, with their only blemish a shoot out loss to the Weeks Crushers way back on Oct. 3. Thus far, they have earned an astounding 41 pts in 21 games. Furthermore, and most recently, they have moved into 10th position nationally and no doubt will continue to climb the national rankings as the season progresses.

Two MJAHL teams have joined forces with FASTHOCKEY.com, the Halifax Lions and the Woodstock Slammers will have their home games webcast via the FASTHOCKEY website - I believe the price to watch a game is $6.95 US or a cost similar to this.

Concerning the World Under 17 Hockey tournament, to be held in Timmins, ON, 5 MJAHL players have been selected for Team Atlantic's roster: Jason Cameron and the leagues top scorer Darcy Ashley of Summerside, Ryan Tesink of Woodstock, Dieppe Commandoes goaltender Ryan Steeves, and Halifax Lions Dman Stephen Woodworth will suit up for the Team Atlantic squad. Good luck to those guys, and to Team Atlantic!

The CJAHL Prospects game which takes place from December 7th to 9th in Winkler, Manitoba, will feature the MJAHL's only representitive Darcy Ashley at the showcase. Congratulations to Darcy! Very disappointed that two players, Stephen Woodworth (1993) and Amherst's Kody Orr (1992) not selected to this squad. Kody has emerged as a top all around player in the league and would like to pursue an NCAA scholarship, and Stephen has proven to be a top defenseman for his team providing nothing but consistent, solid play at both ends of the rink.

The World Jr. A Challenge was apparently well received in Summerside in early Novemeber, with team USA defeating Team Canada West 2-1 in a thrilling game to win the title for the 2nd consecutive year. Congrats to the US!

League top 5 scores are:

Darcy Ashley ('93) 18 21 39 Summerside
Dana Fraser ('89) 11 25 36 Truro
Chad Earle ('89) 15 18 33 Summerside
Brogan Bailey ('89) 17 15 32 Woodstock
Harrison McIver ('90) 12 19 31 Summerside

League top 5 goaltenders with >5 games played:

Andre Guay ('89) 19 GP 16W GAA 2.03 S%age .932
Alex Scola ('90) 7 GP 6W GAA 2.20 S%age .916
Kirk Rafuse ('90) 14 GP 9W GAA 2.23 S%age .925
Alex Neuman ('91) 10 GP 7W GAA .239 S%age .931
Justin Collier ('90) 19 GP 7W GAA 2.85 S%age .929

AUShockeyfan
12-03-2009, 10:24 PM
Some notable transactions have occured in the MJAHL this week:

Justin Collier, arguably the leagues top netminder has been traded to the Pictou/Weeks Crushers for another fine tender in Alex Newman, the rights to Justin Chiasson and Jorey Uhlman and fc's. In the past Justin was noted as a solid goaltender, but inconsistent. This season however, he has demonstrated that he deserves the title of #1 in the league - solid butterflyer and very athletic. Pictou's chances of going deep into the playoffs have greatly increased with the addition of Justin.

The biggest news of the season thus far, as far as acquistions are concerned, is former Halifax Moosehead offensive standout Yuri Chermentiev signing with the Truro Bearcats, adding more vetern presence to a deep Bearcat squad. Yuri joins former Moosehead teammaes Ben McAskill and Eric Louis-Sieze. Will this be enough to push the 'Cats over the Slammers? We'll see, the Jan. 10 trade deadline is a ways away yet, so lets not hand out any hardware at this point...

AUShockeyfan
12-10-2009, 04:04 PM
Tonights game btw the Halifax Lions and Summerside Western Capitals is going to be webcast live from the Halifax Forum on fasthockey.com. Great job by Lions President David MacDonald to promote his team and our league. If anyone plans on viewing the webcast, would like to hear what your impressions are of the game, the webcast, etc..

RGOboston
12-12-2009, 09:30 PM
I must comment on the fantastic job you are doing updating the MJAHL games, Aushockeyfan. Thankyou and keep up the great work! It would be very nice to see other league fans do the same.

BobbyRyan9
12-12-2009, 09:46 PM
Tonights game btw the Halifax Lions and Summerside Western Capitals is going to be webcast live from the Halifax Forum on fasthockey.com. Great job by Lions President David MacDonald to promote his team and our league. If anyone plans on viewing the webcast, would like to hear what your impressions are of the game, the webcast, etc..

By the time I saw your message the game was already over. I'll check that site from now on to see when they have more free games from the MJAHL. I did catch the end of a NOJHL game and it looked decent. It will be nice to see a few games with players I don't normally get to see.

AUShockeyfan
12-13-2009, 05:55 PM
Thank you for the kind remarks RGO - I agree it would be nice to see other leagues do the same.

I am not sure if Lions (or the Slammers) intend on webcasting anymore games for free via fasthockey.com. Word is other teams have considered/are considering the use of fasthockey.com to webcast their games, but have no idea at this point if there has been any progess made on that front.

Blackmarketmob just seen your post, so apologize for responding to it so late.

The strength of the MJ as compared to other leagues.... I've seen Tier II in all provinces except BC (apart from the webcasts of the RBC games last season), and have to say I didn't really notice an appreciable difference btw any league although the SIJHL game I'd witnessed (Marathon vs. TBay Bearcats) might have been of lesser calibre vs. the other leagues, but then again, those teams were last and 2nd last respectively in the league. I guess an easy barometer to assess the different "levels" in terms of which leagues are "better" is simply looking at what leagues have produced the most professionals, have the best track record with respect to offering scholarships, greatest attendance figures, the most national titles a perticular league has won, etc..

In terms of it being a developmental league, that is a big issue amongst MJAHL fans. I have only been following the MJ for about 4 years now, so feel underqualified to answer this query. Alpine would be a good guy at ask; he's been watching Tier II for quite a while. I know some MJ fans consider the league a nondevelopment league, as the league is considered "old" i.e. those who graduate from AAA enter the league as 18's, or those kids who have been cut from the Q are sent to the league as overagers, or come trade deadlines teams bring in 20 y.o's in hopes of them playing more prominent roles then the younger kids. I know for a fact one of the better, if not the best rookie offensive-minded defensemen in the league in Dylan King, who plays for the Halfiax Lions, was told after being cut from the PEI Rocket two seasons ago to return to his Halifax MMAAA team and not play for his Tier II team for some reason. Maybe it was Dylan's decision to play AAA, but the Rocket did advise him to play AAA. There are a couple '93 standouts in the league - Stephen Woodworth and Darcy Ashley - with Stephen aleady picking up a couple games with the Lewiston MAINEiacs this season. But these stories/players are few and far between it seems - I'd like to hear otherwise if this isn't the case....

As for graduating players to the NCAA, there are a couple each year it seems that are offered something at a DIII school, but I have never heard of a player that played his entire Jr. career in the MJ and moved on to a DI school, although we have two hopefuls in Kody Orr (Amherst) and the aforementioned Ashley. Andrew Sweetland played for Amherst for one season (his last in Jr.), but came from Ontario - Andrew went on to play for U. of Maine and is now in the "A" somewhere last I heard. Alpine made a nice list of players in the AUS reg. season thread re/ MJ players who have graduated and are now playing CIS somewhere in the AUS or Ontario conferences.

It's too bad really - the Hockey is very competitive, and for whatever reasons the idea of kids starting a career in the MJAHL early has not caught on. And when it appears as though a kid is interested in playing NCAA, the Q teams swoop in, offer a "lucrative" education package, etc., thus making the Q appear as the better option - then the kid goes to said Q team and sits in the bleachers. The kid has now commited to the Q and has lost NCAA eligibility (not saying that that is the worst thing ever as it certainly is not, b/c as we know CIS Hockey is very competitive as well and continues to develop players - as you mentioned Lachlan MacIntosh is a good example.)

AUShockeyfan
12-16-2009, 09:42 PM
The Halifax Lions are going to provide another free webcast of their upcoming game (Thursday, Dec. 16) against the 8th ranked Woodstock Slammers. Halifax pushed the nationally ranked Slammers earlier this season losing in OT 4-3. Lions will be looking to shrug off a massive loss to the Summerside Western Capitals last Thursday losing 9-2.

The game, once again, will be available on FASTHockey.com....

AUShockeyfan
12-17-2009, 04:25 PM
Here's a nice article on Halifax Lions goaltender Kody Blois from the Halifax paper The Chronicle-Herald. Kody's done a fantastic job this season so far, and continues to impress with his solid, consistent play....

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/1157971.html

Big game tonight for the Lions hosting the nationally ranked Slammers. Reminder: the game can be seen live on FASTHockey.com free of charge...

BobbyRyan9
12-17-2009, 05:14 PM
I'll be tuning into tonight's game to get a taste of the MJAHL. I don't have anything to do until the Ducks vs. Sharks game at 10:30. Do you think the game is going to be good, or is Woodstock going to dominate Halifax? They have a huge lead in the league standings and as you mentioned they are ranked 8th (in the nation for tier II I'm assuming). When Lewiston was about to lose their QMJHL team, there was some rumors about a MJAHL team taking it's place. Obviously the team didn't end up leaving, but I've been wanting to see what the league was like since.

AUShockeyfan
12-17-2009, 05:36 PM
It will be interesting to see how tonights game plays out. Halifax pushed the Slammers to OT last time they met in Halifax - Lions are coming off a 9-2 drubbing at the hands of Summerside a week ago today where they were bullied all night long and had no response physically or on the scoreboard; they've had alot of time to think about the loss. Obviously things are not going to be any easier going up against Woodstock tonight. This will be a big gut check for the young Lions. You should expect to see a high tempo, back and forth game tonight as Halifax are still trying to show fans of the MJ that they are the real deal, and not deserving of last place in their division.

Let us know how the webcast turns out - on my way to the rink as we speak!

EDIT: game time 7 pm AT....

BobbyRyan9
12-17-2009, 06:03 PM
It looks as though the game is not free tonight, it says "Buy" where you click to watch the stream. I was kind of looking forward to seeing some of the game tonight, but I'm sure they'll do another game in the future. Keep me posted if another free game shows up on fasthockey.net again.

AUShockeyfan
12-17-2009, 09:08 PM
It looks as though the game is not free tonight, it says "Buy" where you click to watch the stream. I was kind of looking forward to seeing some of the game tonight, but I'm sure they'll do another game in the future. Keep me posted if another free game shows up on fasthockey.net again.

Apparently FASTHockey.com were having issues with the webcast - apparently they weren't aware that the game was on for free this evening:dunno: There were posters on another chatboard (MJAHL Network) who indicated that the game was for free afterall, but halfway through the game. Work in progress....

As for the game, Guay stole this one, Lions had 6 or 7 glorious chances, but ever since Guay made the puckhandling error on the 2nd goal, he was the difference in the game. At the other end, Kody was not up to snuff tonight, no doubt he'd want all five back - think 4 five hole and the game winner he was down for at least two seconds before Ryan shot high blocker to give the Slammers the lead and ultimately the win. Kody did make a couple nice saves, but Guay was the story in this one. Tough one tonight kid, you'll bounce back. If there were any doubters re/ Andre and his capabilities, they shouldn't doubt this kid - showed a ton of character bouncing back after the flub behind the net, and then almost coughing up another one soon after.
Slammers looked sluggish and lazy - just a general lack of energy and grit tonight, but capitalized on Lion mistakes. Though that fourth goal shold have never counted IMO as Hebscher made a hell of the play to keep the puck in at the blueline leaping in the air to glove the puck down, but no doubt closed his hand on it and set himself up - got the puck down low to McKinley who made a hell of a pass to Tesink for the finish. Coach should take credit for this win, his players always seem to be in the right spot at the right time despite their work ethic.

Lions effort tonight much, much better vs. last Thursday - they continue to go to the net hard now, and it paid off with Marinani of all people scoring the 3rd Lion tally on Guay's doorstep. Also tremendous backchecking this evening catching Slammer players from behind and creating the odd chance out of those turnovers.

If not for Guay, Slammers lose.

AUShockeyfan
12-18-2009, 06:20 PM
Halifax Lions President David MacDonald has stated the Lions will provide another FREE webcast of their upcoming game this Sunday afternoon at 3:30 AT vs. the Yarmouth Mariners on FASTHockey.com, owing to the poor quality and technical issues during FASTHockey.com's webcast of Thurs. nights game vs. Woodstock... Be sure to tune in!

BobbyRyan9
12-18-2009, 09:45 PM
Halifax Lions President David MacDonald has stated the Lions will provide another FREE webcast of their upcoming game this Sunday afternoon at 3:30 AT vs. the Yarmouth Mariners on FASTHockey.com, owing to the poor quality and technical issues during FASTHockey.com's webcast of Thurs. nights game vs. Woodstock... Be sure to tune in!

Sounds good, I'll be tuning in for the game since I don't have anything else going on. How are the Yarmouth Mariners this season? There is a boat that takes people up to Yarmouth from my city and I always thought it would be a nice way to catch a game or two sometime.

AUShockeyfan
12-18-2009, 11:52 PM
Sounds good, I'll be tuning in for the game since I don't have anything else going on. How are the Yarmouth Mariners this season? There is a boat that takes people up to Yarmouth from my city and I always thought it would be a nice way to catch a game or two sometime.

Mariners are 3 games below .500 and currently in 4th spot, and will struggle for a playoff spot this season. I haven't really paid too much attention to them honestly. Apparently they are or have been sold to local ownership recently? Surely someone out there can speak to that. Also the loss of goaltender Collier via trade to New Glasgow (Weeks) put the Mariners in the headlines for a week or so too.

As for the boat you were referring to, apparently they've stopped the crossings until next May - was on the local news today....

AUShockeyfan
01-09-2010, 11:04 PM
With the trade deadline fast approaching, literally, at this time - a good spot to update things with respect to the league....

Summerside's Darcy Ashley ('93) still remains amongst the top scores in the league, sitting at 41 pts. in 26 games trailling the point leaders who include Woodstock's Michael Best ('89) and Nick Huard ('91) along with Truro's Dana Fraser ('89), all with 44 points.

The MJAHL had 6 respresentitives at the World Under 17's a couple weeks ago, with Darcy Ashley and his Summerside teammate Jason Cameron, Halifax's Stephen Woodworth, Woodstock's Ryan Tesink, and Dieppe's outstanding goaltender Robert Steeves. Team Atlantic finishing 7th out of 10 teams securing wins over Team West and Team Czech. Unfortunately for Steeves, the young man suffered a knee injury during the tournament. He is scheduled to have surgery in the very near future and will miss the remainder of the season.

Woodstcok still remain the toast of the league - 30 wins in 31 games, only losing to Pictou in a SO back in October I believe it was. As of December 21, the Slammers remain a disappointing 8th in the CJHL national rankings.

Some news with respect to recent player transactions - Stephen Woodworth, who has seen some time with the Lewiston MAINEiacs this season in now a member of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL, and his Halifax Lions teammate Ian Saab who has spent time in Cape Breton is on the move to Lewiston. Also in Lions news, forwards Justin Belanger ('91) and Andrew Wigginton ('91), who was traded from Acadie-Bathusrt to the Mooseheads, have been called up by Moose and have each played maybe four or five games now for the heard. Word is both players will be sticking with the big club. Woodstock has acquired from the St. Albert Steel in the AJHL Robert Zandbeek for futures. If there's any AJHL fans reading this thread, what can we expect to see from Robert?

AUShockeyfan
01-10-2010, 09:29 PM
Feel somewhat guilty for not mentioning this players name months ago. Will ('90, 6'3" 210 lbs) who plays for the Summerside Western Capitals, is known mostly for his "pugilistic abilities", but this season has made significant contributions offensively with 15G, 14A for 29P in 28GP, and has amassed 157 PIMS. The Charlottetown native's offensive output and general presence on the ice have been noticed by many who follow the league, by the fans and league officials, and his play earned him player of the week honours in the MJA this past week. Most recently, Will was called up by the Saint John Seadogs of the Q where he engaged with Kalin Paul for a little fisticuff action...

http://www.youtube.com/user/seadogstv

Will, who can readily play forward and defense, needs to work on his skating, stickhandling, and endurance. However, his awareness on the ice with respect to where his teammates are in the offensive zone, his positioning defensively, and his enthusiasm when it comes to driving to the net have made him a formidable opponent and often will give the other teams D headaches, figuratively and sometimes literally. He uses his size very well to protect the puck, and is nearly immovable in front of goal. If Will continues to improve on his fundamentals and stays grounded, IMHO, I believe he may be playing in the show within the next 5 years.
For the record, Will has a few scraps on youtube.com. Keep up the good work Will....

AUShockeyfan
01-17-2010, 06:32 PM
Well, after going 32 games with 1 a point or more while suffering a SO loss to Weeks back in October, the Woodstock Slammers finally lost two points, losing to the Miramichi Timberwolves 8-6 on Jan. 13. Congratulations to Woodstock on an outstanding run - perhaps this loss will relieve pressure the kids may have been feeling. The Slammers followed up that loss by beating Amherst 5-4 and smoking Bridgewater today 7-1.

Also today, outstanding all-around (and I mean "all-around") Defenseman Chris Owens of the Miramichi Timberwolves ('89) has broken the MJAHL points record for Defensemen. Going into today's game vs. the Summerside Western Capitals, Owens, who sat tied with Trevor MacLean (Antigonish Bulldogs, 1992-1995) at 213 career pts., had one goal and an assist to surpass MacLean and is now the all-time leader in points by a Defenseman. It has been suggested that Owens also holds the all-time assist record amongst Defensemen in the MJAHL at 165. Having seen Chris in Halifax a couple weeks ago, the kid has a knack like all special players do, that is showing up at the right place at the right time as he scored a goal and an assist in the third period of that game to lead his team to a 4-3 win over the Lions. Chris plays a game/role similar to Scott Neidermeyer (no, I do not think he'll be the next Scott) in that he has a licence to go anywhere on the ice surface to create, and could be considered a fourth forward by times. But unlike Scott, Chris will take faceoffs. Chris is very good when it comes to distributing the puck and almost never makes mistakes in his end. Wherever Chris ends up after this season, he will be an asset to his team. Congratulations Chris:handclap::handclap::handclap:

AUShockeyfan
02-14-2010, 10:08 AM
We are in the final two-three weeks of the season with teams having roughly 8 games or so remaining. The Bent division remains tight for the final playoff spots, with 4 points seperating 6th (last) place and 3rd place, with Truro (1st) and Weeks (2nd) comfortably ahead of the pack. The Meek playoff picture is set essentially, with the nationally ranked Slammers 24 points up on 2nd place Miramichi, with Miramichi 13 points up on 3rd place Summerside, and Summerside 15 points up on 4th spot Dieppe.

The Summerside Western Capitals are scheduled to have banners raised in honour of the accomplishments last season (league champs and FPC/regional champs). Apparently a third banner is going to be raised, but not sure what for off the top of my head. Too bad it took till the end of the season for such a decision to be made - see this article which discusses and highlights the thought processes into why the town should/shouldn't raise a banner:shakehead:shakehead:sarcasm:

http://www.journalpioneer.com/index.cfm?sid=324953&sc=118

I wonder if other towns in the Country have similar issues when it comes to honouring the local Jr. franchise on an outstanding achievement. Ridiculous...

AUShockeyfan
03-12-2010, 07:52 PM
The MJAHL are in the midst of their playoffs, with some upsets in the making at this point. Bridgewater, after deafeating Amherst in a 4 vs. 5 best o' 3 matchup is currently ahead of the Truro Bearcats 2-1 in what can only be described as shocking, and the Halifax Lions are ahead of the Weeks Crushers 2-1 as well, in what could be considered an upset should this trend continue. In the Meek division, the Sumemrside Western Capitals evened up their series with Miramichi, 2 games apiece, defeating the Twolves 3-2 in 2OT. And as expected, the nationally-ranked Slammers are up 2-0 against Dieppe - with the Slammers currently leading the 'does tonight 4-1 in the 2nd on the strength of Nick Huard's natural hatty.

The MJAHL issued the award winners for the 2009-2010 season. Not surprisingly, outstanding Miramichi defenseman Chris Owens, who finished the RS as the leagues leading scorer, won MVP honours along with earning the award for being the leagues top defenseman. Darcy Ashley of Summerside, who led the league for quite a while in scoring and finished a respectable 6th in the scoring race took home Rookie of the Year honours. Truro's Kirk Rafuse was named the leagues top goaltender. Here's the article from the MJAHL website....

http://www.mjahl.com/news.php?ID=1378

HellsBells
03-23-2010, 11:51 AM
After losing 10-3 to the Woodstock Slammers in game #1, the Summerside Capitals scored twice in the last 1:28 of game #2 to even up the series 1-1.

The other semifinal has the Truro Bearcats up 2-0 on the Weeks Crushers.

HellsBells
03-25-2010, 09:49 AM
Woodstock takes game #3 by a score of 10-2 over Summerside, lead the series 2-1.

Weeks Crushers take game #3 by a score of 4-3, Truro still leads the series 2-1.

AUShockeyfan
03-30-2010, 08:38 PM
As expected, the Woodstock Slammers made their way to the Kent Cup by ousting the Dieppe Commandoes 4-0 and the Summerside Western Capitals 4-1. The Bent representitive will be, quite shockingly, the Weeks Crushers. Weeks, although ahead of Halifax in the standings, may have been dubbed the underdog against the Lions but defeated the Maritime Capital (IMO) 4 games to 2. Weeks then went on to face the highly touted, highly skilled, and exceptionally well coached Truro Bearcats who featured the likes of former Halifax Mooseheads' standouts Yuri Chermentiev, Ben McAskill, and Eric Louis-Seize - also included on the 'Cats roster, the leagues top goaltender Kirk Rafuse along with MJAHL standout for the past couple of years in Dana Fraser. The Crush lost the first two games, but rallied and reeled off four wins in a row to pull off the massive upset.

It would be easy to predict at the end of the MJ playoff that the nationally-ranked Slammers will raise the Kent Cup, however, Weeks are in the midst of a huge momentum shift at present, and with key additions made prior to the trade deadline, they are more than poised to give the Slammers all they can handle.

In the end, the series will rest on the broad shoulders of Weeks' goaltender Justin Collier (IMO, the leagues top goaltender).

All Slammers home games will be available on FASTHockey.com ($6.99 USD I think), and Weeks home games available via radiocast @ ecfm.ca/play.php

Naturally, one has to predict the winner of any series - and I will have to go with.........the Slammers. At the end of the day, just too deep, too deep, and too deep for the Crushers. The Slam have all the tools, and will be too much for the upstart Crushers...

AUShockeyfan
04-03-2010, 09:29 PM
After scoring the first goals of the game on the PP, Weeks had no answer for the Slammers as Woodstock reeled off 6 in a row, scoring 2 in the first and 4 goals in the second en route to their convincing victory. Having seen the game on fasthockey.com, the story for me was the play of Justin Collier. Justin was average tonight, allowing a couple goals from 20' or more out with a clear line of sight. For the Crushers to have any success, #1, Justin needs to be on top of his game. To the Crushers credit, they did operate an efficient, effective PP. Woodstock will break down by times with respect to lack of discipline, so the Weeks PP needs to be in top form, and coupled with solid goaltending from Collier, IMO this is Weeks only shot at defeating the heavy favorites. Game 2 goes Tuesday night in New Glasgow...

AUShockeyfan
04-07-2010, 06:35 PM
The Slammers fought off a game Weeks Crushers team to win a thriller 4-3 in 2OT. Woodstock captain Brogan Bailey scored the winner with 8:08 gone in the second overtime to lift the Slammers to victory.

Woodstock held a 2-0 lead going into the third, but Weeks fought back scoring twice early in the third to tie the game. Soon after Weeks 2nd goal, Woodstock's Sean Stagles scored to give his team the lead, but Week's Mitchell Maynard responded late in the third to send the game into OT. During the comeback, Weeks amassed 25 SOG in the third period, showing their passion, resilience and determination.

Both goaltenders, Tyler Piercy and Justin Collier were very good for their teams, with Piercy stopping 51 of 54, and Collier blocking 48 of 52 shots.

After this heartbreaking loss, it will be interesting to see how things play out Thursday night in Woodstock - surely the Crushers have gained much confidence after Game 2.

Game 3 will be available on FASTHockey.com

AUShockeyfan
04-08-2010, 10:26 PM
Before 1312 fans at the Carleton Civic Centre in Woodstock, NB, Michael Hynes capped off a 3 point performance (2G1A) tying the game at 18:58 of the third period, and the newest member of the Dalhousie Tigers Hockey program Dan Joyce (2G1A tonight) scored the winner in OT as the Weeks Crushers won a thriller 6-5 Thursday night. Justin Collier faced another game over 50 shots, stopping 50 of 55 to help lead his team to victory. Young Tyler Piercy in nets for the Slammers made 33 saved for his club.

Have the Crushers solved the Slammers? Remains to be seen, but the Crush are clearly in the hunt for the Kent Cup.

Get your tickets early in New Glasgow for Game 4 Saturday night - going to be packed.

The Kent Cup has been shown via Rogers cable in New Brunswick, so tune in. A great, great final is taking place in the Maritimes....

AUShockeyfan
04-11-2010, 12:45 AM
The Woodstock Slammers have taken a 3-1 series lead with their 5-3 victory over the Weeks Crushers tonight in front of 1918 fans at the John Brother Macdonald Stadium in New Glasgow.

Ultimately, the Crushers poor play early in the first period was the key to the Slammers victory. Right from the opening faceoff, it was a Weeks neutral zone turnover that lead to the Slammers first goal 32 seconds into the game. More sloppy play along with below average goaltending spurred the Slammers to a 3-1 lead after the 1st. With no scoring in the second, the Crushers scored early in the third to close the deficit to one goal. But approx. 4 mins. after the Crush drew close, Andrew Langan banged home a lose puck to put the Slammers ahead for good.

Game 5 takes place at the Carelton Civic Centre in Woodstock, NB. Are the Crushers out? Certainly not - if they can put together a consistent effort in game 5, from Collier outward, this series is headed back to New Glasgow for a game 6. However, against a powerhouse Slammer team - that is, in fact, a big ask.

AUShockeyfan
04-16-2010, 04:12 PM
A little late with this entry, but the Woodstock overwhelmed the Weeks Crushers to secure their second league championship, smoking the visiting Cruserhs 6-1 in what only could be desribed as a dominant performance. Slammers captain Brogan Bailey earned playoff MVP honours. The Slammers will advance to the Fred Page Cup to be held in Brockville, ON. Slammers open the tournament on April 21 when they play the Host team, Brockville.

Good luck boys!

AUShockeyfan
05-01-2010, 07:49 PM
Word on the street is MJ Rookie of the Year Darcy Ashley of the Summerside Western Capitals with forego his NCAA eligibility and may play for Turk Gallant's Saint John Sea Dogs. Again, just a rumour. Alot of decisions for this young man in the coming months. Take your time Darcy....