Monday, November 23, 2009

POST-GAME: Sea Dogs vs MAINEiacs

Final Score: Saint John 7, Lewiston 4
Saint John Goals: Nicholas Petersen (12, 13, 14), Michael Kirkpatrick (6), Stanislav Galiev (8), Steven Anthony (13), Mike Hoffman (12)
Lewiston Goals: Michael Chaput (9), Matt Boyle (1), Sebastien Trudeau (5), Etienne Brodeur (5)
Winning Goaltender: SNB - St-Laurent, Karel (W-8-2-0)
Losing Goaltender: LEW - Lemay, Adrien (L-10-12-0)
News 88.9 Top Dog: Steven Anthony

Power Play: Saint John 2/5, Lewiston 1/6
Shots on Goal: Saint John – 16+13+13=42, Lewiston – 2+7+11=20
Attendance: 1, 517

THE STREAK CONTINUES: With the win, Saint John picks up their 15th straight victory. The streak puts them tied for 7th in QMJHL history with the 1970-71 Quebec Remparts, 1998-99 Halifax Mooseheads, and 2008-09 Shawinigan Cataractes.

LOOKING RUSTY: Last night’s match was the Maineiacs first game in eight days and only their second home game in the month of November. Lewiston head coach Don MacAdam thought that had something to do with the game’s outcome.

"We had the period you'd expect after being off the ice for a week," MacAdam told the Lewiston Sun Journal. "I didn't expect us to be quite that dull. We got a little bit better in the second, and in the third we started to become harder to play against, but we had a situation where we had a couple of guys who just had terrible nights. They weren't bad, they were terrible."

“We got a little better in the second and in the third we started to become harder to play against,” MacAdam added in the Maine Hockey Journal. “We weren’t hard to play against in the first two periods at all. Virtually no finish checks, no great fore-checking pressure, and certainly no attack pressure with puck.”

ATTENDANCE WOES: With the best team in the league in town featuring over a handful of NHL prospects, Lewiston didn’t prove to anyone that they deserved to keep their franchise on Sunday.

Maybe Fredericton would have been a good move after all. The exhibition game between the Dogs and Maineiacs at Willie O’Ree Place outdrew this game by over 800 fans. In fact, there were so many fans in Fredericton there were people sitting on staircase's.

NOT ALONE: The Sea Dogs aren’t the only hockey team on a 15 game winning streak. Just across the highway the Woodstock Slammers of the MJAHL have won 15 straight. The Slammers improved their league-leading mark to 19-0-0-1 with a 4-1 victory over Dieppe Cammandos, 6-14-0-1, in league action Saturday in Dieppe.

LOTS OF HATS: Nicholas Petersen’s hat trick was the fourth three goal game by a Sea Dog this season. He joins Steven Anthony, Zach Phillips, and Mike Hoffman. Petersen was named first star.

BIG GUNS COME THROUGH: The big line of Mike Hoffman, Stanislav Galiev, and Nicholas Petersen combined for five goals and five assists on Sunday.

"Everybody has their top players, and obviously they're a big part of our hockey team," Saint John coach Gerard Gallant said to the Lewiston Sun Journal. "The way we move the puck out of the zone benefits them."

NEXT GAME: Drummondville Voltigeurs vs Saint John Sea Dogs. Friday, November 27, at 7:30 pm at Harbour Station.

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