March 17 2014 06:37PM
Carter Verhaeghe (Photo: www.niagaraicedogs.net)
Carter Verhaeghe (Niagara, OHL)
All in all, it's been a great season for Carter Verhaeghe. Although he couldn't keep up with the near two-points-per-game pace he set for himself early in the year, Verhaeghe still finished the OHL regular season with 28 goals and 82 points in 65 games - good for 21st in league scoring. Those are some pretty solid numbers for a 3rd round pick in his Draft +1 year.
With the regular season completed, Verhaeghe will move on to a much greater challenge. His Niagara IceDogs currently hold down the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals, and will begin their series with North Bay on Friday. First off, wow, that's a long bus ride. Second, the Battalion's stingy defense allowed only 189 goals against all season, 3rd lowest in the league. Verhaeghe might need that early season scoring touch if Niagara hopes to make a series of it.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 17 2014 12:17PM
For whatever reason, I didn't get a lot of variety in my mailbag questions today, so I'm going to hold off from doing my usual weekly bit until I get a couple more. However, there is one question that I've been asked a lot and seen pondered even more so that is worth addressing today. Why don't the Leafs wear their Toronto St. Pats jerseys anymore?
March 16 2014 10:30PM
The Leafs are a very confusing team.
March 16 2014 04:30PM
Me, watching Sunday afternoon hockey (except I use a french press)
A shorthanded Toronto Maple Leafs lineup lost a Sunday afternoon game in Washington, in more ways than one. The Leafs were shorthanded because they're missing some of their top players due to injuries, illnesses, as well as mysterious disappearances. The Leafs shorthanded group also gave up two powerplay goals to a dangerous Capitals powerplay in Period One, and while the Maple Leafs pressed later in the game, the Capitals were able to hold on for a 4-2 win against Toronto, plus an empty net goal.
Toronto made a game of it. They definitely made more of a game of it than you'd have expected after Washington took an early 3-0 lead in the first. The Leafs are score effects on steroids—when behind, the team opens up and skill shines through, and, what do you know? They're fun to watch and always seem to come back. When the Leafs take a lead, they clamp back into their shell, allow a billion shots, and teams always seem to find ways to come back on them. This Sunday afternoon game was one-half of the Leafs season in a nutshell, the half where the team is playing from behind.
WARNING: Game recap contains a spider infestation. Please email me recs for your most trusted extermintators.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 16 2014 04:11PM
It's been a long time since the Toronto Marlies went into a game without Drew MacIntyre in the lineup. Nobody was quite sure what to make of him when he was brought in as the replacement to Ben Scrivens in January of last year, but he's arguably been the MVP of this team since. Today, he was off the lineup sheet, headed to Toronto to back up James Reimer. For now, the fate of the team between the pipes rests on the shoulders of two rookies, both of them years away from even being able to rent a car.
Facing this temporary duo (well, just Christopher Gibson, but still) for the first time were everybody's favourite team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, who threw all the could in the direction of Gibson, but couldn't find success against a Marlies team who found major success in the third period, winning 4-1.