Elizabeth Moffat

Dec 312013
 

On one end of the rink was Steve Mason, whose career the entire NHL, save the Philadelphia Flyers, had left for dead. Much was made about his past poor performances, especially against the Canucks, seemingly forgetting that he’s actually been pretty damn good during the Flyers’ 15-6-4 surge prior to last night’s game.

On the other end was Tom Sestito, who was waived by those very same Flyers last season and then claimed by the Canucks, and has served as some sort of a whipping boy to Canucks fans ever since.

Both Mason and Sestito had lots to prove. And both delivered.

Mason stopped 41 of 44 shots, plus another 3 in the shootout, to keep his team in the game. Sestito scored a goal and was a pain in Philly’s side for most of the 5:45 minutes he was on the ice.

Guilty as charged.

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Dec 202013
 

Can we just look ahead to tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks and forget the Canucks’ 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars last night didn’t happen?

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Dec 162013
 

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The SFU Men’s Hockey Team hosts the Great Northwest Showcase at Bill Copeland Sports Centre on January 3rd and 4th. After playing host to the University of Oklahoma and Arizona State last year, SFU set their sights higher for 2014, inviting NCAA Division One schools Princeton and the University of North Dakota. With so much top-tier talent on the ice, we’re here to introduce you to the players you’ll want to keep your eye on.

University of North Dakota

UND is the cream of the crop when it comes to NCAA hockey. Since their program started in 1946 they’ve won seven NCAA Div One Championships. They currently have 15 pro prospects on their roster and their alumni list contains several NHLers including Zach Parise, Jonathan Toews, and Garry Valk.

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After being drafted 33rd overall by Flordia in 2011, Grimaldi joined the USA’s Gold Medal team in the 2013 World Juniors, scoring twice in the tournament, including the game winner in the championship game vs. Sweden. He currently leads UND in goals, assists, and overall points (6-10-16) after 17 games.

Jordan Schmaltz

Jordan SchmaltzSchmaltz was drafted 25th overall in the 2012 NHL draft by St. Louis. In his rookie year at UND he played in all 42 games, more than any other WCHA rookie defensemen, recording 12 points. Now in his second year with the team, Schmalz has 9 points in 16 games.

Wade Murphy

Freshman winger, Wade Murphy was drafted by Nashville in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. Prior to that, the Victoria native played in the BCHL for the Victoria Grizzlies and Penticton Vees. In his final BCHL season he led Penticton in points (70) and earned his second-straight All-Star Team nod.

Adam Tambellini

As the son of Steve Tambellini, freshman Adam has quite the family pedigree. He was drafted in the third round by the Rangers in 2013, but before that he was playing right here in the lower mainland, for the Surrey Eagles. He recorded 14 goals and 13 assists in just 16 regular season games with the Eagles in 2013, before leading the team with 10 goals in 17 playoff games, going on to win the 2013 BCHL Championship.

Princeton University Tigers

The Ivy League school completes in the ECAC conference, winning its conference championship twice. The school has three current NHL alumni:  Jeff Halpern, George Parros, and Kevin Westgarth.

Tom Kroshus

The Calgary native played for the Westside Warriors of the BCHL before joining the Princeton Tigers. During the 2010-11 season he led Warrior defensemen in goals with 13.

Marlon Sabo

The Surrey native and Princeton freshman played in the BCHL for three years, most recently with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, who won the 2013 Island Division Championship.

Kevin RossKevin Ross

The senior defenseman and Princeton’s assistant captain hails from Cranbook, BC and spent three years with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, winning the team’s top defenseman award all three seasons. He is currently studying civil engineering at Princeton, where he’s been named to the ECAC All-Academic Team for three straight years.

Sean Bonar

Another engineering student, the Delta native has also been named to the ECAC All-Academic Team for three straight years. The senior has a .877 Sv% and a 3.89 GAA. Before attending Princeton, Bonar spent two seasons with the BCHL Penticton Vees.

Don’t Forget About the Local Talent!

captain1Of course, your local teams aren’t short on talent either. Notable players for SFU include local boys Tyler Mah and Jono Ceci, as well as former NCAA athletes Aaron Enns, Nick Sandor, and Jared Eng, who also represented Canada at the IIHF World Inline Hockey Championships in 2013.

The UBC Thunderbirds of the CIS return to the Showcase after going undefeated in 2013. Players include former Surrey Eagle, Linden Saip, and former Vancouver Giant, Neil Manning.

Want to join me at the Showcase? Visit greatnorthwestshowcase.com for more information and to buy tickets. Use the code 2014GNS and get 20% off your tickets. 

Dec 152013
 

As far as rivalry matches go, you couldn’t ask for much more. Roberto Luongo was great. Tuukka Rask wasn’t. Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins and Mike Santorelli were in beast mode. Milan Lucic wasn’t. The Sedins didn’t back down. Brad Marchand was being a dick. As usual. David Booth scored on a helluva snipe of a shot. Chris Tanev scored. Shorthanded, no less. But most importantly, in the Boston Bruins’ first visit to Rogers Arena since Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, the Canucks won. And won in convincing fashion.

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Dec 142013
 

With his preseason high-stick on Sam Gagner still fresh in mind, Zack Kassian entered last night’s match-up between the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers as public enemy number one. Threats of retribution followed immediately after that incident back in September, and for his part, Kass was ready regardless of whatever the Oilers threw his way.

Except the Oilers didn’t throw much of anything the Canucks’ way last night. The Canucks were as dominant as the Oilers were soft. Roberto Luongo recorded his 3rd shutout of the season, Jason Garrison had 3 assists, and hell, Dale Weise scored a powerplay goal. And Kass? He scored a goal to give the Canucks some breathing room just 2 minutes into the third period, and had irritated the crap out of the Oilers by the end of the night.

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Dec 102013
 

This time, John Garrett didn’t say the dreaded ‘s’ word. And this time, the Canucks didn’t let in a softie with seconds left on the clock, and hung on for a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Chris Tanev scored the eventual game-winning goal 3:35 into the game, and Eddie Lack made 31 saves for his first career shutout in his first ever home start.

Yes, it was a good day.

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Dec 092013
 

Don’t get us wrong, the Canucks’ 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche was nice. But seriously, losing a shutout with 7.1 seconds left, and former Canucks goaltender turned Canucks colour man John Garrett bringing the jinx? Gah!

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Dec 012013
 

Before this morning’s matinee matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers, much of the storyline revolved around coach John Tortorella’s return to Madison Square Garden for the first time since being fired in May. And when asked whether or not he’d be visiting some old Rangers, he said, “I’m going to coach this game, hopefully kick their ass and get outta here.”

Well, a Chris Kreider hat trick, a 35-save performance by rookie goaltender, Cam Talbot, and a 5-2 Rangers win later, Torts did coach and the Canucks are off to Carolina now 1-1 on this 4-game road trip. I guess 2-out-of-3 ain’t bad, right?

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Oct 262013
 

Hands up, anyone who foresaw the Vancouver Canucks going 5-1-1 on this 7-game, 11-night road trip.

Written off by everyone – and seriously, if you had gone on Twitter and the message boards, or listened to the talking heads on TEAM 1040 yesterday, you would’ve thought the Canucks already had their bags packed for YVR even before last night’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

The Canucks weren’t great, but they were good enough. Eddie Lack, in only his 3rd NHL start, made some terrific saves, especially in the third period when the Blues tried to get their game to another gear. Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler were in #beastmodo, and Kesler eventually potted the game-winning goal in overtime, his 2nd goal of the night and his 6th on this road trip.

Add to that the great fun and company enjoyed at the official Canucks Tweetup, and all-in-all, it was a good night.

And a beautiful end to a successful road trip.

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Oct 202013
 

The Vancouver Canucks played the Pittsburgh Penguins in an early morning match-up so we get a dose of Sidney Crosby with our eggs and coffee.

And that’s not even the best part.

See, after globetrotting over the last few months, Lizz Moffat is back. And so is The Game According to Twitter.

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