QMJHL Weekly: May 24th, 2011

Sea Dogs Gain Berth Into Final

The Saint John Sea Dogs have gained a berth into the Memorial Cup final on Sunday with a 3-2 overtime win over the Owen Sound Attack Sunday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored the game winner 17:35 into the extra frame; while Tomas Jurco and Stanislev Galiev added singles. Matt Petgrave and Andrew Shaw had the Owen Sound markers.

The tournament got underway on Friday with one games as Saint John nipped the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors 4-3. Huberdeau, Michael Kirkpatrick, Jurco, and Nathan Beaulieu had the Saint John goals; while Casey Cizikas scored twice, and Devante Smith-Pelley added one for Mississauga.

On Saturday Owen Sound blanked the Kootenay Ice 5-0. Robby Mignardi with two, and Garrett Wilson, Andrew Fritsch, and Roman Berdnikov with singles scored the Attack markers. Mississauga edged Kootenay 2-1 on Sunday. Maxim Kitsyn and Rob Flick scored for Mississauga; while Cody Eakin added the Ice goal.

The Leaders

Kirkpatrick leads all scorers with one goal and three assists; while Owen Sound netminder Jordan Benning is the top goalie with his 1-0-1 record, 1.31 GAA and .959 SAV%.

The Games To Come

Saint John takes on Kootenay on Tuesday; while Owen Sound faces Mississauga on Wednesday to end the round robin.

Mooseheads name Steve Hartley Assistant Coach

On Thursday the Halifax Mooseheads and Head Coach Dominique Ducharme announced that Steve Hartley has been signed as an Assistant Coach for the next two years.

Hartley, 25, has been the head coach of the Joliette Traffic of the Quebec Jr AAA League for the past two seasons leading them to a 55-36-9 record, including a 31-13-5 record this season eventually losing in the league semi-finals. Prior to that, Hartley coached the Atlanta Junior Knights, leading them to appearances in the National Championship in both his seasons behind the bench.

“I would like to thank the Mooseheads for this tremendous opportunity and am very excited to join such a prestigious organization” said Hartley, who will relocate to Halifax next month. “I look forward to broadening my experience while helping this Club move towards their goal of sustained success both on the ice and in the community.”

Hartley, a native of Hawkesbury Ontario, is the son of former NHL head coach Bob Hartley. He played goal for 2 seasons with NCAA’s Miami University (Ohio) Division 1 before finishing his career in Joliette, on a team coached by Ducharme.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Dominique again. Having played for him, I have seen his passion for winning firsthand and I’m confident he will instill that mentality and sense of commitment in our players”, stated Hartley.

Ducharme, who is in the process of moving his family to Halifax, said he is glad to have been able to secure Hartley to join him in Halifax.

“I am really happy to see Steve joining our staff, stated Ducharme. “His knowledge of the game, his commitment to success and his capacity to analyze and bring solutions to our game will make him an important asset for the Mooseheads.”

With information from the QMJHL


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