Montreal Sports Wrap: Kingsbury Wins Moguls Championship
It was a busy weekend in Montreal sports. With Montreal Canadiens in action (on and off the ice), as well as the Montreal Stars and various university teams, there’s plenty of news for sports fans to digest.
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Let’s take a look at what went down in the past few days;
Kingsbury Wins Moguls Title
Mikael Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que. won his fourth straight overall title in World Cup moguls. In addition to clinching the championship when he won an event in Tazawako, Japan this weekend, Kingsbury tied the all-time moguls World Cup wins mark. The latter stat is astounding, as he is only 22-years-old!
Habs Acquire Three At Trade Deadline
The Montreal Canadiens acquired three players at the NHL trade deadline; top four d-man Jeff Petry, the speedy Torrey Mitchell and the hard working Brian Flynn. Remarkably, General Manager Marc Bergevin only gave up draft picks and a prospect to grab the players. You can read more about their pick-ups HERE. Detailed run-downs of the trades are below.
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The Habs blanked the Maple Leafs 4-0 on Saturday night and will face the Sharks in San Jose on Monday night.
Bulldogs Top CometsNov 29, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Eric Tangradi (17) before the game against Buffalo Sabres at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
On Sunday afternoon, the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Utica Comets (the Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate) 6-3 thanks in large part to a hat-trick from Eric Tangradi. Tangradi, who arrived in the offseason, has 19 points in 29 games. The Bulldogs now have 64 points (28-21-8) and are in second place in the AHL North, six points behind the Comets.
For what it’s worth, the Habs ECHL team, the Brampton Beast, are last in their division, but won by a score of 6-5 versus the top seeded Allen Americans.
Impact Break 30,000 Mark
The Montreal Impact have now sold 31,000 tickets for the club’s Champions League match against Pachuca on Tuesday night. The game is to be played at the Olympic Stadium and is the second in a quarterfinal matchup. The two teams played to a two-all draw in Mexico last week.
Although 31,000 tickets is a great number (and more than would fit at Stade Saputo), keep in mind the Big O seats 66,000 plus. There will be echoes… In their history, the Impact have drawn more than 50,000 fans on four occasions and more than 60,000 once.
Stars Off To The Playoffs
The Montreal Stars of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League will be playing the Calgary Inferno in the first round of the league’s playoffs. The winner of the three game series will play either the Toronto Furies or the Boston Blades in the Clarkson Cup Final. The Stars, who feature Olympians Charline Labonte and Caroline Ouellette, finished third in the five team league with a 14-9-1 record. You can read more about the league and the post-season HERE.
Redmen Out Of Playoffs
In university sports, the McGill Redmen were knocked out in the OUA East Finals by the UQTR Patriotes. The Redmen can still qualify for the National Championships, but will have to beat the Windsor Lancers in a winner-take-all 3rd-place game.
Meanwhile on the women’s side, the McGill Martlets will face the U. de Montreal Carabins in the RSEQ Finals. The two teams were far and away the best teams in the country this year and have already qualified for their National Championships.
In men’s basketball, it will be another cross-town Montreal showdown. The Concordia Stingers and the Redmen are set to square off in the semi-finals, with the winner earning the right to play either Bishop’s or Laval for the RSEQ title. For the ladies, the Martlets are number one ranked, having only lost one game all year, while UQAM and Con. U are also chasing the league’s championship.
Eugenie Bouchard withdrew from a small event in Mexico this weekend. This is the second straight tournament Bouchard has pulled out of, having dropped out of an event in Dubai two weeks prior. There was no reason given for her absence from this week’s tourney, although the official cause in Dubai was an arm injury.
Her most recent appearance was on February 12, when she was upset in the second round of the Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium.