Matthew Wuest

Rainmen’s season off to rocky start

Opening week has hardly gone according to script for the Halifax Rainmen.Not only did the Rainmen lose their home opener 109-90 to the London Lightning on Saturday before a crowd of 3,214, they’re off to a 0-2 start with 227 points allowed and suspended two players on Friday for violating team...

Monday, November 7, 2011, 6:57 AM

NBL of Canada has its starting seven

The seven cities that will house teams in the National Basketball League of Canada have been finalized.Moncton, N.B., and Summerside, P.E.I., were announced Thursday as the sixth and seventh NBL Canada franchises that will begin play with a 36-game schedule in early November.They join expansion...

Friday, August 12, 2011, 5:49 AM

Back to the future with Canucks

Matthew Wuest compares this year’s Cup finalist Canucks with their 1994 counterparts, the most recent Vancouver team to play for the NHL’s top prize.THE RUN1994: The Pat Quinn-coached Canucks were barely .500 in the regular season (41-40-3 with 85 points) and fell behind 3-1 in their first-round...

Friday, May 27, 2011, 7:12 AM

Moncton has three weeks to get owners on board for NBL

One of the National Basketball League of Canada’s top franchise candidates is at risk of missing the boat on the new circuit’s inaugural season.Two weeks after NBL Canada launched, Moncton — one of five prospective franchises pegged to join Halifax, Saint John, N.B., and Quebec City — has no formal...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 5:42 AM

Huge comebacks now not so rare

The Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and now the Detroit Red Wings have breathed new life into NHL playoff comebacks that once seemed impossible.After 35 years and 112 consecutive series without a single comeback from a 3-0 deficit, the Red Wings have become the third team in the past 12...

Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6:17 AM

N.S. digs an early hole

Nova Scotia’s men’s hockey team is struggling to stay afloat in a pool that couldn’t get much deeper.Despite another solid effort and numerous early scoring chances, Nova Scotia fell 8-3 to British Columbia yesterday at the Metro Centre and is now winless in two outings at the Canada Winter Games....

Monday, February 14, 2011, 6:19 AM

Levingston may forfeit to Quebec

Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said he is “really disappointed” with the PBL ruling and will take a couple of days to review his options.“We might just tell Quebec they can have the win — we’ll take the loss,” he said.Levingston said the ruling has “let the air out” for him and that “the...

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 6:43 AM

Cole Harbour has a new puck prodigy

Nathan MacKinnon was well-known in hockey circles before the world under-17 challenge, but he lived up to the hype and then some in Manitoba.The 15-year-old Cole Harbour native was the second youngest player at the event, but played a top-line role for Atlantic Canada and posted a team-leading five...

Thursday, January 6, 2011, 6:30 AM

Mooseheads’ youth to play on world stage

The youngest members of the Halifax Mooseheads will get put to the test against their own age group over the holidays.Standout 16-year-olds Luca Ciampini, Andrew Ryan and Simon Desmarais will compete at the world under-17 challenge from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 in Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie, Man....

Monday, December 27, 2010, 5:30 AM

Rainmen still a work in progress

The Halifax Rainmen, now entering their fourth season, are hoping to take the Premier Basketball League by storm in 2011.The Rainmen have improved steadily since being founded in 2007-08 and made the playoffs for the first time last season before being eliminated in the semifinals by the eventual...

Monday, December 27, 2010, 5:30 AM

Big German will represent at WJC

Konrad Abeltshauser is hoping to help Germany show it belongs at the IIHF world junior championship.The Halifax Mooseheads defenceman from Bad Tolz, Germany, will be a key player when his country, after a one-year hiatus, returns to the event’s top division starting on Boxing Day in Buffalo and...

Thursday, December 23, 2010, 7:01 AM

’Tis the season for hard work

They’ve come to Halifax from New York, Texas, South Carolina, Maryland and as far away as California. But few, if any, of the newest Halifax Rainmen will travel home for the holidays.With the Premier Basketball League regular season scheduled to begin on Jan. 2, the Rainmen will be on the court...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 6:16 AM

Smith says Herd ‘vastly improved’

It comes as no surprise that Bobby Smith has a glass-half-full evaluation of the Halifax Mooseheads’ positioning at the QMJHL holiday break.But while the owner and rookie head coach recognizes that — on the surface — his team’s 15th-place standing isn’t all that much more impressive than its back-...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 5:30 AM

Herd optimistic going into break

As the crowd filtered out of the Metro Centre on Saturday night, the song Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town blared over the speakers. But as far as the Halifax Mooseheads were concerned, the big man had already delivered.The Mooseheads had just edged the Bathurst Titan 5-4 and are suddenly smack in the...

Monday, December 20, 2010, 6:47 AM

Rainmen end pre-season on a high

The Halifax Rainmen wrapped up the Premier Basketball League pre-season on a high.The Rainmen finished with a 3-1 record after beating the host Quebec Kebs a 111-105 yesterday, two days after topping them 114-104 on Friday before a crowd of 1,973 at the Metro Centre.“This was by far our best game,...

Monday, December 20, 2010, 6:44 AM

Rats squeak out a victory over Rainmen

Miscues? Too many to count. Rust? As much as you would expect for a basketball team with 10 new faces.The Halifax Rainmen returned to the Metro Centre for the first time in more than eight months last night and — before a franchise-record crowd of 7,127 — ran out of steam in a 91-88 loss to the...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 7:15 AM

Ciampini picks good time for hot streak

Luca Ciampini is a big part of the Halifax Mooseheads’ future, but he’s proving to be an important factor in the present, too.With leading scorer Martin Frk away at a world junior tryout, the 16-year-old rookie left-winger stepped up and scored a pair of goals as the Herd dumped the Bathurst Titan...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 7:11 AM

Rainmen hope to feed off home fans

The Metro Centre is expected to be as packed tonight as it’s ever been for a Halifax Rainmen game.Although it’s only a Premier Basketball League pre-season tilt against the Saint John Mill Rats, Rogers Communications has already handed out 9,600 complimentary tickets for the Rainmen’s first home...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 6:23 AM

Herd dominate Bathurst in win

The Halifax Mooseheads snapped a number of frustrating slumps in convincing fashion last night in Bathurst, N.B.Rookie goaltender Anthony Terenzio posted his first career shutout in just his 16th appearance and rookie forwards Luca Ciampini and Darcy Ashley scored two goals apiece as the Mooseheads...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 6:20 AM

Huskies hope to build around local QB

The Saint Mary’s Huskies feel Jesse Mills is a quarterback they can build around.The four-time defending Atlantic University Sport football champions have recruited the Halifax native and Citadel Phoenix star in the hopes he will one day lead them back to the Vanier Cup.“He’s going to be a real...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 6:16 AM