QMJHL Roundup: Mika Cyr has OT winner as Wildcats upset Mooseheads

HALIFAX – Mika Cyr scored 36 seconds into overtime as the Moncton Wildcats upset the Halifax Mooseheads 4-3 on Wednesday in Quebec Major Junior League action.

Jakob Pelletier, Anderson MacDonald and Jeremy McKenna rounded out the offence for the Wildcats (18-19-8), the 13th best record in the QMJHL.

Walter Flower, Otto Somppi and Benoit-Olivier Groulx scored for the Mooseheads (29-10-6), the top-ranked team in the league.

Mark Grametbauer turned aside 29 shots for Moncton. Alexis Gravel stopped 27 shots for Halifax.

The Wildcats were 1 for 4 with the man advantage while the Mooseheads went 1 for 3 on the power play.


SYDNEY, N.S. — Gregor MacLeod had the overtime winner as Quebec topped Cape Breton.

Matthew Boucher and Pascal Laberge also scored for the Remparts (24-16-5).

Brooklyn Kalmikov and Tyler Hylland replied for the Screaming Eagles (20-19-5).

Quebec’s Marc-Olivier Alain was given a match penalty for boarding at 8:11 of the first period.


BOISBRIAND, Que. — Alexandre Alain had a hat trick, including the winner early in the third period, as Blainville-Boisbriand sank Baie-Comeau.

Drake Batherson also scored for the Armada (30-9-3).

Edouard St-Laurent was the lone scorer for the Drakkar (19-22-3).


GATINEAU, Que. — Shawn Boudrias had a pair of goals, including the winner, as the Olympiques beat Sherbrooke.

Giordano Finoro struck twice for Gatineau (24-15-4), while Pier-Olivier Lacombe, Anthony Beauchamp and Tristan Berube …read more

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Apple will soon let you disable iPhone performance throttling when your battery starts aging

Apple CEO Tim Cook noted in an interview that the company will update iOS with a new feature that will allow you to prevent your iPhone from automatically slowing down performance as your battery ages, after coming under fire last month for enabling that function without explicitly informing users. While the company previously explained that the performance throttling function was a measure to prevent unexpected freezes and reboots on devices with older batteries, it raised a question about whether the company intended to make customers feel like their phones were getting slower, so they might want to upgrade to a…

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Big swings continue as bitcoin briefly dips below $10,000

NEW YORK — The volatility of the digital currency markets was on display again Wednesday, as bitcoin briefly fell below $10,000 before rebounding back above $11,000 in the U.S. afternoon.

With the drop below $10,000, bitcoin had lost about half its value since hitting a high above $19,000 in mid-December. Other digital currencies bounced around as well.

Bitcoin has slumped 20 percent this week as traders worry that regulators in South Korea will crack down on trading of digital currencies. The price of bitcoin fell as much as 20 percent Wednesday, but later recovered and was nearly flat at $11,392 around 5:10 p.m. Eastern Time, according to Coindesk.

Bitcoin hasn’t caught on as a currency for buying things, as intended. But it has drawn huge interest from traders, and its price has soared over the past year, and has also had several sharp drops.

The price of one bitcoin went from $1,000 at the beginning of last year to nearly $20,000 in mid-December. The latest plunge brings the price back to where it was in early December.

Many financial pros believe bitcoin is in a speculative bubble that could crash any time.

The possibility that South Korea will ban or restrict virtual currency trading has weighed on traders’ minds the last few weeks because the nation is a major market for currencies like bitcoin.

Those worries have also depressed the prices of other digital currencies that gained sharply in recent months.

Ethereum fell 9 percent to $993 Wednesday, according to Coindesk. During the day it tumbled as much as 26 percent. Its current price is still roughly double where it was in November, and down sharply from its recent peak of $1,329 on Jan. 10.

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Bruins beat Canadiens in coach Julien’s return to Boston

BOSTON — David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner each scored an early goal, Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and the Bruins beat Montreal 4-1 Wednesday night in Canadiens coach Claude Julien’s return to Boston.

The surging Bruins have earned at least a point in 14 straight games (10-0-4), their longest stretch since going 15-0-1 in March 2014.

Brad Marchand added a power-play goal in the third period, David Krejci had an empty-netter and Patrice Bergeron had two assists for Boston, which posted its second win over the Canadiens in five days. The teams meet again in Montreal on Saturday night.

Jakub Jerabek scored his first NHL goal for Montreal, and Carey Price made 28 saves.

Julien, who coached Boston’s Stanley Cup-winning team in 2011, was fired last Feb. 7 in his 10th season. He was replaced by assistant and current Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, who opted for more up-tempo, charge-into-the-zone play from his defencemen as opposed to Julien’s mostly defensive-minded style.

Rask extended his career-best point streak to 15 games (13-0-2), including a 4-3 shootout win at Montreal last Saturday.

Trailing 1-0, Boston tied it 6:50 into the first when Pastrnak took a pass from Bergeron at the bottom of the left circle and slipped a wrister behind Price.

The Bruins took the lead early in the second when Spooner’s backhander from just outside the crease caromed into the net off the right skate of Montreal winger Jonathan Drouin.

Montreal had a two-man power-play advantage for 69 seconds midway into the second — immediately after Rask made a pad-stop on Drouin’s clean break in — but Boston limited the Canadiens’ shots to mostly lower-percentage chances from the …read more

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