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Screaming Eagles soar through Fog

It was Nick MacNeil’s first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goal and he’s got the puck to prove it.

“I have it in the dressing room, so I’ll take it home,” said MacNeil, who netted two goals in the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6-4 win over the St. John’s Fog Devils at Centre 200 Friday.

MacNeil’s first ever ‘Q’ goal came on the power play at 17:09 of the second period, on a feed from Dean Ouellet.

The vulcanized piece of rubber will be a souvenir at the 17-year-old Creignish native’s home. His parents, Sandy and Peggy, along with brother Nathan, 21, and sister Leah, 15, as well as friends from home were in attendance to witness the feat.

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Van Allen turned down Screaming Eagles position

Retired Ottawa Senators forward and former Cape Breton Oiler Shaun Van Allen said he turned down the vacant assistant coaching position with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, the job now held by current assistant Mario Durocher.

Van Allen was quoted in an Ottawa Sun article Friday, after he rejoined the Senators as the director of player evaluation. In the newly-created position, he’ll be responsible for evaluating players in the organization while sharing his experience as a former pro.

“This is where we want to make home base,” said Van Allen in the article, of the city of Ottawa. His wife, Colleen (Marsh) is a Bras d’Or native and they own a home in Mira. They have a son Aaron, 11 and two daughters, Hayley, 9, and Logan, 6.


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Drakkar squash Maineiacs

Fatigue would be an easy excuse for Lewiston Maineiacs head coach Clem Jodoin to offer. The team has, after all, played three games in four nights in three different cities.

The Baie-Comeau Drakkar were faster, smarter and flat out better than the Maineiacs on Friday night, and took from the game at the Centre Henry-Leonard a 5-1 victory over Lewiston.

"It was a bad, bad performance, and I have no excuses," said Jodoin. "We made bad decisions, with and without the puck. I'm not even factoring in the other team right now, the Xs and Os. I'm talking about our own game. We can't make the first pass. We are making terrible decisions the last three games."

The loss is the Maineiacs' second in five games on their season-opening six-game road swing. Baie-Comeau improves to 5-1.

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Friday's QMJHL Roundup

Victoriaville rallied to score five goals in the third period as the Tigres beat the Shawinigan Cataractes in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Friday.

The Tigres led 1-0 going into the second intermission before exploding in the third.

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Mooseheads end skid

Sometimes an ugly goal is just what a team needs to snap out of a funk. Ryan Seymour delivered just that when the puck hit his leg and bounced into the other team’s net midway through the second period of Friday’s QMJHL game at the Metro Centre.

The goal got the Halifax Mooseheads on the board after they fell behind 2-0 to the Saint John Sea Dogs and gave them the lift they needed to storm back to a 5-2 win in front of 6,650 fans.

"You know, those goals that get a team going don’t have to be pretty, as long as you get one," said Halifax forward Andrew White, who drew an assist on the play. "Those are the ones you need to create momentum and turn things around.

"It’s been a rough last three games so it’s good to get back here and put up a good showing for the hometown crowd. The chemistry out there tonight felt amazing. You could just feel it on the bench and things were just working out. It feels good to get back on track."

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A single enforcer is enough

NORTH AMERICAN hockey hasn’t evolved to the point where teams at the major junior or pro level can be comfortable without an enforcer in the lineup.

Although fighting in hockey is down, there remain too many liberties an opposing team can take with any club that lacks the intimidating presence a veteran policeman provides.

But one enforcer per team seems to be the ideal number. There simply isn’t enough demand in today’s game to justify two in the same lineup unless they are contributing heavily in other ways.

That’s why the Halifax Mooseheads this week dealt away Kevin Cormier, unquestionably the most intimidating policeman in the QMJHL, to the Rimouski Oceanic after Cormier was sent back to junior by the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes.

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Moose wake up, rally for win

The Halifax Mooseheads got started on the wrong foot last night, but it was the right foot of Ryan Seymour that got them back on track.

The 20-year-old captain scored the momentum-turner as the Mooseheads scored five unanswered goals in a 5-2 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action at the Metro Centre before a crowd of 6,650.

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Yetman sent to Yarmouth

Eighteen-year-old goaltender Mark Yetman has been assigned to the Yarmouth Mariners of the Maritime Junior Hockey League, Halifax Mooseheads' General Manager Marcel Patenaude announced today.

Yetman, Halifax's fifth selection, in round 5 (80) of the 2005 Quebec Major Junior hockey League's Entry Draft, played 31 games with the Mariners last season (1750 minutes) where he recorded a 13-10-2 record, with a goals against average of 3.57 and a saves percentage of 0.890.

Yetman will remain on the Mooseheads' protected list and will be subject to recall.
 
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