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Sea Dogs Win Off Of Blown Call


The St. John Sea Dogs won their opening game of the Memorial Cup Tournament Friday night against the host Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.  They won it on a goal that stemmed from a blow offsides call.

“The replay on the brand new video scoreboard at the Hershey Centre showed it clearly – Saint John Sea Dogs forward Zack Phillips over the Majors blue line before the puck. The in-house feed picked up what was being shown across Canada on Sportsnet. The broadcaster added a telestrator-created yellow circle around the puck.

What they didn’t show was Sea Dogs forward Michael Kirkpatrick  dishing off to teammate Nathan Beaulieu, who beat Majors goaltender JP Anderson to give the the QMJHL champions a two goal lead in what was a 4-3 final” – From Buzzing the Net

No one likes when a call or blown call decides a game, especially in a championship tournament.  However this is the Canadian Hockey League.  Much like the players in it these officials are working their way up.  Mistakes are part of it at that level.

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Written by ozman51

May 21, 2011 at 2:02 AM

See Pens Prospect Despres on NHL Network


The Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL qualified for the Master Card Memorial Cup tournament to crown the champion of Canadian Major Junior Hockey by winning the Q’s Championship tourney last week.  The Sea Dogs have been on a lot of Penguins fans radars this season as our 1st round draft pick in 2009 Simon Despres plays for Saint John.  Despres will turn 20 over the summer which means this is likely his last season in the QMJHL before jumping to the AHL and Wilkes-Barre.  He is considered to have a legitimate chance of making the Penguins NHL roster out of camp.

The NHL Network will be televising the Memorial Cup for the fourth time and if you’d like to get a good look at Despres the first game is tonight at 7pm EST against the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, the host team.  The Sea Dogs will then faceoff against the OHL Champion Owen Sound Attack on May 23rd at 7:00pm ET and the WHL Champion Kootenay Ice on May 24th, again at 7pm EST.

Written by ozman51

May 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM

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