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Carbonneau Offered Under-18 Coaching Job

It won’t be with the Habs, but Guy Carbonneau has been offered his first coaching position since former GM Bob Gainey fired him as the Canadiens bench boss last year. Hockey Canada has officially extended an offer for Carbo to coach Canada’s under-18 team in 2010.

While he has yet to make his decision public, it is widely expected that he will accept the offer. Carbonneau’s coaching record with Montreal was 124-83-23.

Patrice Cormier Releases Statement

Insane hockey talent and part-time thug Patrice Cormier released a statement today following the announcement by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to suspend him for the rest of the year, saying that he “accepts the decision.”

Cormier’s brutal elbow on Quebec Remparts defenceman Mikael Tam is now infamous, the video of the assault and Tam’s ensuing seizure being played over and over on both the web and television. Tam spent two days in hospital being watched for more symptoms of the brain trauma he suffered but, besides a few lost teeth, expects to be released next week.

Cormier, a repeat offender where illegal hits are concerned in the QMJHL, has quickly fallen from grace following his naming as captain of the Canadian World Junior team this year as he prepares to sit out the remainder of the regular season and playoffs as his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies move forward.

For the sake of Patrice Cormier, the players he’ll face on the ice as he moves towards his NHL career with the New Jersey Devils and Canadian hockey in general, let’s all hope he learns his lesson.

QMJHL Results: February 12, 2009

Results from the solitary games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on February 12, 2009:

QMJHLChicoutimi 1 – Val-d’Or 0 (stats)

QMJHL Results: February 11, 2009

Results from the four games around the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on February 11, 2009:

QMJHLDrummondville 10 – PEI 3 (stats)

Victoriaville 2 – Montreal 3 (stats)

Lewiston 1 – Baie-Comeau 0 (stats)

Quebec 0 – Rimouski 5 (stats)

QMJHL Results: February 10, 2009

Results from the two games around the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on February 10, 2009:

QMJHLAcadie-Bathurst 3 – Halifax 2 (stats)

Drummondville 3 – Moncton 2 (stats)

QMJHL Results: February 8, 2009

Results from the six games around the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on February 8, 2009:

QMJHLChicoutimi 4 – Acadie-Bathurst 1 (stats)

Moncton 3 – Saint John 1 (stats)

Rouyn-Noranda 1 – Cape Breton 5 (stats)

Victoriaville 2 – Quebec 3 (stats)

Baie-Comeau 2 – Montreal 4 (stats)

Rimouski 3 – P.E.I. 1 (stats)

Halifax 4 – Chicoutimi 3 (SO)

halifax-mooseheads-logo-150The currently rebuilding Halifax Mooseheads squeaked out a rare win over the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in QMJHL action on Sunday. Tomas Knotek scored the lone shootout goal on the Moosehead’s first attempt and Halifax goalie Mark Yetman shut down all three Saguenéens shooters.

 Halifax improved to 12-27-2 while Chicoutimi currently sits at 16-22-2; both teams lies in the basement of the current QMJHL standings.

Slovaki Upsets U.S. @ World Junior Championship

slovakia-us-wjc08Just a quick note that the upstart Slovakian team at the World Junior Championship in Ottawa defeated the American team 5-3 today in a major upset. After losing their 3-0 lead against us the other night in a 7-4 defeat and then getting bumped from medal contention by a team that was expected to lose every game, they must be hurting.

Slovak goaltender Thomas Tatar stopped 44 shots as the U.S. outshot his team an astounding 47-18, standing on his head the entire game. American goalie Thomas McCollum was less then impressive, allowing five goals.

The Americans were highly expected to be a medal contender – there has got to be some very disapointed sponsors among all the hockey fans south of the border shaking their heads.

My suggestion: hire a Canadian coach.

Wildcats 6 – Mooseheads 2

halifax-mooseheads-logo-150The Halifax Mooseheads will have to wait until after Christmas for their next win on home ice.

They dropped a 6-2 decision to the Moncton Wildcats at the Metro Centre on Saturday, wrapping up the home portion of their first-half schedule.

“It would’ve been great to win that last one at home,” said Mooseheads forward Gerrad Grant. “It would’ve been exactly what we needed to take us into the second half of the season.

“We came out hard and just fell flat halfway through the third. It was a good start but we really should’ve had the game.”

The Mooseheads got off to a tremendous start, scoring back-to-back goals on tipped point shots in the first 7:24 to take a 2-0 lead. But the Wildcats chipped away and eventually went ahead at 4:53 of the third period when Bible Hill’s Matt Brown scored the first of his three goals to make it 3-2. The Wildcats padded that lead in the remaining minutes of the third period.

“Their forwards are quick in our zone and they move the puck around really well. They know how to take advantage of their chances,” said Halifax defenceman Ben MacAskill.

“We played hard, the fans were into it and it was a nice, loud atmosphere. But they got some lucky bounces and that’s the way it goes sometimes. It can be hard to dig yourself back out of it sometimes.”

Pierre-Marc Lessard, with two, and Scott Brannon scored for the Wildcats and 16-year-old Louis Boileau-Domingue stopped 23 shots for the win. Alexis Piette and Charles Bety were the Halifax goal scorers and Mathieu Corbeil, also a rookie, made 27 saves.

The Mooseheads wrap up the first half of their season with a road game against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday.

“It’s kind of tough scheduling there, but that’s fine,” said MacAskill. “We’ve got a long week to prepare for that game and we’ll be ready for it.”

The loss leaves the Mooseheads in 17th place with a 10-23-1-1 record, while the Wildcats improve to 25-2-2-2 and move into a tie with the Drummondville Voltigeurs for second overall.

Notes — Forward Eric Louis-Seize did not dress for Halifax because of a shoulder injury and Matt Boland, Matt Snow, Ryan Matheson and Richard Greer were healthy scratches. … The Mooseheads presented long-time medical trainer Chris McQuaid with a framed painting as a going-away present. McQuaid is leaving the team to take another job after being on board since the franchise joined the QMJHL in 1994. Saturday’s game was his 1,170th with the organization. … Brown now has eight goals and 10 points in five games against the Mooseheads this year. He has just three other points — all goals — in the rest of his 23 games this season. … Former Mooseheads captain Petr Vrana has been put on waivers by the New Jersey Devils. … Former Mooseheads winger Andrew White has joined the Miramichi Timberwolves for the remainder of the season. He had been playing for the Saint Mary’s Huskies.

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