Morehouse sent to Blues ECHL affiliate

Jody Jewers
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Amherst's Chris Morehouse is headed to Alaska.
The 22-year-old forward was among the final cuts of the American Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen, the affiliate of the NHL's St. Louis Blues, on Sunday. He has been sent to the Alaska Aces of the East Coast league.
Morehouse did make an impression on Rivermen head coach Davis Payne.
"Morehouse made a phenominal statement in the Blues development camp, then topped it in Traverse City (Mich., prospects tournament in early September) and kept on going here," Payne told the Peoria Journal Star.
"The attitude he brings, and the willingness he shows to do anything for his teammates, that energy and determination is going to take him a long way."
Morehouse spent last season with the Saint Mary's Huskies in Atlantic University Sport after a three-year major junior career with the Quebec league's Moncton Wildcats. He played for the junior A Ramblers in 2004-05.
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The Ramblers quick start to this season hasn't gone unnoticed.
Amherst moved into the 12th spot in the Canadian Junior Hockey League top-15 power rankings, announced Monday. The Ramblers sit atop the Maritime loop with a 5-0-0-1 record, and are the lone Maritime entry in the top 15.
The defending Fred Page Cup champion Summerside Western Capitals received honourable mention. The Truro Bearcats fell out of the top 15 after being ranked 12th a week ago.
The Vernon Vipers of B.C., are seeded No. 1.
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Maritime league president Derryl Smith of Fredericton has yet to receive footage of the incident involving Ramblers forward Scott Bragg and Yarmouth defenceman Dakota Johnson last Thursday in Yarmouth.
Bragg suffered a broken jaw and had to be hospitalized as a result of the incident. He was assessed a spearing major and game misconduct at 9:44 of the second period of the Ramblers' 6-3 victory, and has served a two-game suspension while on the mend.
Johnson has been suspended indefinitely pending Smith's review, and has missed his team's last two games.
Smith said he expects to have the video this morning, and could have a decision rendered as early as this afternoon.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: American Hockey League, NHL, St. Louis Blues Peoria Journal Star Atlantic University Sport Canadian Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Alaska, East Coast, Traverse City Yarmouth Saint Mary Quebec Fredericton

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