Any Given Night

Atlantics sweep way to fourth title in six years
Sunday, April 21, 2013

One year after being swept in four straight games out of the first round of the playoffs, the Halifax Atlantics did the unthinkable and swept all three of their playoff opponents en route to their fourth Dynasty Cup championship in six years. The first round of the playoffs saw the newly crowned champions blank the Fredericton Express four games to none before disposing of the New Scotland Pack just as quickly.

The finals featured the only two teams to ever hoist the Dynasty Cup as the Atlantics battled the defending champion Nova Scotia Voyageurs. The Atlantics were not to be denied as they dethroned the Vees in another sweep capping off a perfect 12-0 post-season.

Perfect 10
Voyageurs 10 for 10 to Start Season
Friday, February 1, 2013

The Dynasty Cup Champion Nova Scotia Voyageurs became the first team in DHL history to start a season with ten straight victories. The milestone win for the Vees came in a 10-8 victory at the expense of last season's Dynasty Cup runner up Prospect Whalers. So far this season the Vees have averaged slightly over fifteen points per game and are the only team to reach the twenty-point barrier in a single game Ð accomplishing the feat in back to back games.

The Halifax Atlantics have started the season strong after being swept out of last season's playoffs in the first round by the Truro Bearcats. The Atlantics own a 9-1 record through the first ten games of the season with their only defeat coming at the hands of the aforementioned Voyageurs. The Atlantics have also been involved in this season's first blockbuster trade by shipping Ryan Getzlaf, Roman Josi, and Nathan Beaulieu to the Bedford Barons for Logan Couture, Tyler Bozak, and a 3rd Round Draft Pick. Getzlaf leaves the Atlantics in his sixth season with the team and with three Dynasty Cup Championships to his name.

The Truro Bearcats have won three straight games and now own a respectable 6-4 record, which is good enough for third place overall. The Bedford Barons currently sit at 5-5 and own sole possession of fourth place overall in the DHL. The Barons hope the acquisition of Ryan Getzlaf can help vault the team to new heights and also addressed a need on defense by acquiring young D-men Josi and Beaulieu from the Atlantics.

The selection of Nail Yakupov with the number one overall pick in the most recent DHL Entry Draft has given the Fatham Harbour Oilers a much needed boost as they currently own the fifth best record in the DHL at 4-5-1. The St. John's Penguins and the Prospect Whalers currently occupy sixth and seventh overall with identical 4-6 records. After starting the season with three straight victories, the New Scotland Pack have lost four games in a row and are winless in their last seven games but still currently own the eighth and final playoff spot with a 3-6-1 record.

If the playoff were to start today the Whites Lake Senators and Fredericton Express would be on the outside looking in with identical 2-8 records. By virtue of a tie-break the rebuilding Senators own the ninth overall spot while the snake-bitten Express occupy the DHL cellar.

Opening Faceoff
Jagr Shines in Win
Sunday, January 20, 2013

First star Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and two assists to lead his Prospect Whalers to an opening night 16-15 come-from-behind-victory over the Whites Lake Senators who got two goals from Brian Campbell in defeat.

The defending Dynasty Cup Champions got their title defence off on the right foot by beating the St. John's Penguins by a score of 16-12. Martin St. Louis led the Vees by scoring twice and adding an assist in an effort that earned him second star of the night honours. Patrick Kane scored the first goal of the new season and added an assist in the win, while Teddy Purcell tallied three assists for the Pens. In other action, the Halifax Atlantics grinded out a 10-7 win over the Bedford Barons on the strength of a one goal and two assist performance from third star Erik Karlsson. The Barons got a win and a shutout from goaltender Jaroslav Halak, however it wasn't enough on this night.

Elsewhere, Loui Eriksson had a goal and an assist to propel the Fathom Harbour Oilers to an 8-5 win over the Truro Bearcats, and the New Scotland Pack slipped by the Fredericton Express by the same 8-5 score helped by two assists from each of Steven Stamkos and Stephane Robidas.