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Ex-Moosehead MacDonald shoring up Moncton defence

Alex MacDonald was cast away by the last-place Halifax Mooseheads forlittle more than a song, but he’s now making solid contributions withone of the QMJHL’s top teams.

Alex MacDonald was cast away by the last-place Halifax Mooseheads for little more than a song, but he’s now making solid contributions with one of the QMJHL’s top teams.

The 18-year-old defenceman has found a home with the Moncton Wildcats after being traded from the Mooseheads for a 12th-round pick in December. He has filled in capably with injuries on the Wildcats’ blue-line and has six assists and is a plus-7 in 30 games.

“If he works at his game and believes in himself, he’s got definite upside,” Wildcats head coach Danny Flynn told the Moncton Times-Transcript. “As it’s turned out, he’s had a chance to play some important minutes and he’s made a real contribution to our defence.”

The Wildcats have a 3-1 lead in their QMJHL best-of-seven first-round series with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Game 5 is Saturday in Moncton.

ANTHONY SIDELINED
Halifax’s Steven Anthony is on the shelf with a groin injury and has missed the Saint John Sea Dogs’ past three games. The Sea Dogs have a 3-1 lead on the P.E.I. Rocket in their first-round series.

Game 5 is Friday in Saint John.

Anthony, a seventh-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks who is known for his offensive ability, has struggled lately, with just five points in his past 23 games.

SCHEMBRI RESURFACES
Chuckie Schembri, who was sent home for disciplinary reasons after one game with the Mooseheads earlier this season, is now on the Sea Dogs’ roster.

He has no points and three hits in three post-season games.