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Tavares' big game leads Atlantics to victory
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

John Tavares filled the scoresheet with three goals and an assist to lead his Halifax Atlantics to an 11-10 win over the Bedford Barons. The Monster game from Tavares was enough for him to secure first-star of the night honours and improve his team to 5-4-1 and move them into fourth place in the standings. The Barons had a goal and an assist from Gabriel Landeskog and have now dropped three games in a row with this latest setback.

The Fredericton Express climbed back to .500 on the season with an 11-1 drubbing of the Louisdale Habitants. Jonathan Drouin, Tyler Sequin, and Dougie Hamilton each recorded two assist for the Express. Elsewhere, third-star Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist for his Greenwood Flying Aces to help keep the the Moody Lake Monstars winless, not only on the season, but for their existence. The Aces doubled up the team from Moody Lake, who got two goals from Sean Couturier, by a score of 16-8.

The Dartmouth Swampdonkeys used a balanced attack including a goal and an assist from John Klingberg to move back into second place overall after a 12-5 win over two-time defending champion St. John's Penguins. The champs missed an opportunity to even their record on the season and now sit at 4-6-0. For the second game in a row, the Nova Scotia Voyageurs were involved in a battle for first place overall, and for the second game in a row they came out on top, this time defeating a solid Fathom Harbour Admirals team 12-6. The win extends the Vees' winning streak to six and leaves them at 9-1-0 on the season. Jamie Benn was the top Vee on the night with a goal and two assists and was named second-star.

Rounding out the night's action, the O'Leary Maroons and Digby Ravens battled to a 2-2 draw. That's right, 2-2. The game did provide an interesting stat, as Raven's player Patrick Maroon recorded an assist against a team that shares his name.

First-star of the night Logan Couture put his underachieving Atlantics team on his back and netted a hatrick to led them to a 15-13 victory over a strong Fredericton Express team. The win evens Halifax's record at 4-4-1, good enough for fifth best in the league. Brad Marchand potted two goals for the Express who drop to 4-5-0 with the loss.

In the battle of the rookie teams, it was the Digby Ravens coming out on top over the Moody Lake Monstars by a score of 10-6. Joe Thornton recorded two assists for the Ravens who pick up their second win on the season, while Kevin Hayes had a strong game for the Monstars with his goal and assist. This latest loss drops the Monstars record to 0-8-1 and leave them in last place and still in search of their first ever win. The Fathom Harbour Admirals proved to be too much for the Bedford Barons on this night as evidenced by the 17-9 scoreline in their favour. Nikita Kucherov paced the Admirals' attach with two goals and an assist. The Admirals continue to roll to start the season and now boast a record of 7-1-1, setting up a showdown between the league's two best teams on Tuesday night.

A goal and an assist from Auston Matthews was the difference for the Louisdale Habitants in their 8-6 win over the Greenwood Flying Aces. The result leaves both teams with 4-5-0 records. The champion St. John's Penguins flexed their muscles and beat up on the O'Leary Maroons by a score of 17-8. Derick Brassard was named second-star of the night for leading the Pens with two goals and an assist. St. John's extend their winning streak to three as the Maroons head in the opposite direction by dropping their third straight decision and now have a record of 2-6-1.

And finally, in the marquee matchup of the night, the Nova Scotia Voyageurs doubled up the Dartmouth Swampdonkeys 20-10. This game featured two teams who entered with identical 7-1-0 records at the top of the standings and it was second-star Steven Stamkos with his goal and three assists who made sure his team stayed in first place. David Pastrnak chipped in with two goals for the Vees to knock the Swampdonkeys to third place in the standings. The Donkeys had a strong game from Filip Forsberg who managed a goal and an assist in defeat.

Monstars end losing skid; still winless
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Moody Lake Monstars put an end to their six game losing streak at the beginning of their existence to register their first ever point in franchise history in a 6-6 tie with the Fathom Harbour Oilers. The Monstars got a goal from Sean Couturier to help the freshmen get off the starting blocks. Nikita Kucherov helped the Admirals avoid defeat with a goal and an assist. With the tie, Fathom Harbour loses a bit of ground to the Vees and Donkeys in the battle for first place in the league, and although the Monstars did not lose, they are still searching for their first taste of victory in the DHL as their winless streak hits seven.

The Dartmouth Swampdonkeys eked out a 10-9 win over the Halifax Atlantics on the strength of two assists from each of Nico Hischier and Filip Forsberg. Phil Kessel's two goals were wasted by an Atlantics team who drops to 3-3-1 on the season with the loss. The Swampdonkeys now sit atop the DHL mountain with a record of 6-1-0, ahead of the Nova Scotia Voyageurs by tiebreaker. Steven Stamos made sure his Voyageurs kept pace with the Swampdonkeys with a goal and two assists in a 12-5 win over the O'Leary Maroons, who got two assists from Jack Eichel. Stammer was named DHL second-star of the night as the Vees pushed their win streak to three.

Evgeni Malkin exploded for a goal and three assists to lead the champs to a 15-4 dismantling of the Louisdale Habitants. The Pens have struggled out of the gate this season but have taken a giant step in the right direction with this win and now have an identical 2-5-0 record with les Habitants. The Bedford Barons used a goal and two assists from third-star Evander Kane, and a goal and an assist from Claude Giroux to smoke the Fredericton Express by a score of 14-5. The Barons continue to sit a point out of first place, improving to 5-1-1 on the season.

The Digby Ravens got goals from Jack Johnson and Jason Demers, but it wasn't enough, as the Greenwood Flying Aces handed them a 9-7 defeat. Joe Pavelski paced the Aces attack with goal and assist and helped his team improve to 4-3-0, while at the same time dropping the Ravens to 1-5-1.

Express Pound Winless Monstars
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Season Eleven is off and running and after last night's games three teams sit atop the league with 5-1-0 records.

Although the Fredericton Express are not one of those teams, they flexed their offensive muscles against the first year Moody Lake Monstars and throttled them by a score of 22-14. The Monstars got two goals and an assist from Sean Couturier and likely deserved a better fate, but it wasn't meant to be on this night as a well balanced Express attack led by third-star Jonathan Huberdeau's two goals made sure the points went to last season's basement dwelling team from New Brunswick. The Express even their record at 3-3-0 with the win, while keeping the Monstars winless at 0-6-0.

The Nova Scotia Voyageurs continued their strong start to the season by thumping the Louisdale Habitants by a score of 20-13. Sidney Crosby paced the Vees with two goals, while Jamie Benn and David Pastrnak each contributed with a goal and an assist for their Original Six team. With the win the Voyageurs are one of the three aforementioned teams at 5-1-0, but sit in third place based on the points scored tiebreaker. Despite two goals from Auston Matthews and a goal and an assist From Nik Ehlers, the Habs drop to 2-4-0 on the season.

Not to be outdone, the Fathom Harbour Admirals scored an impressive 14-13 win over the two-time defending champion St. John's Penguins, improving their record to 5-1-0 and claiming top stop in the league. All but two Admirals made the score sheet in the win dropping the slumping Pens to 1-5-0 and eleventh place in the new look twelve team league. Elsewhere, Alexander Wennberg had a goal and an assist for the red-hot Dartmouth Swampdonkeys as they run their win streak to four and move their record to 5-1-0 with a 12-7 decision over the Greenwood Flying Aces. The Aces have dropped two in a row and now sit at 3-3-0.

Rounding out the night's action is a pair of ties. Second-star Tyler Ennis scored twice for the rookie Digby Ravens as they settled for a 7-7 stalemate with the Halifax Atlantics. And finally, first-star Claude Giroux salvaged a 13-13 tie for his Bedford Barons against the O'Leary Maroons with his two goals and two assists.