Sunday, November 22, 2009

PRE-GAME: Saint John Sea Dogs vs Lewiston MAINEiacs

Game Day
Saint John Sea Dogs vs Lewiston MAINEiacs

Today, November 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm
Androscoggin Bank Colisee

Visiting Team: Saint John Sea Dogs
Record: 22-4-1-0 (1st in Atlantic Division)
Last Game: 4-3 shootout Win at Drummondville on Friday
Leading Scorer: Michael Kirkpatrick: 26-5-22-27
Notes: The Sea Dogs are on a 14 game winning streak. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, the streak is a franchise best and league best so far this season… ranked 2nd in the CHL Top 10 and 3rd by Station Nation… coming off a dramatic shootout win in Drummondville… owners of the league’s worst penalty kill with a rating of 73.7%. They allowed two power play versus the Volts on Friday night… 36 of Saint John’s 71 goals against have been while shorthanded… have the league’s best road record of 11-2-1-0… acquired Zach Phillips from Lewiston at the draft as well as a fifth round draft pick for 2009. In exchange, Lewiston got a 2009 fifth round pick, and second and fourth round pick for 2010… Olivier Ouellet left the team Thursday and will not play.

Home Team: Lewiston MAINEiacs
Record: 10-12-0-1 (4th in Telus Central division)
Last Game: 4-3 shootout loss at Chicoutimi on Saturday (11/14/09)
Leading Scorer: Alexander Beaton: 23-9-12-21
Notes: The Maineiacs have one NHL draft pick in New Jersey Devils prospect Eric Gelinas… Lewiston general manager Roger Shannon is a Fredericton native. His son, Zachary, plays defense for the Maineiacs… Mathieu Gingras was traded by Saint John to Lewiston along with a 2010 first round pick. The Sea Dogs received a fourth and fifth round pick from the Maineiacs in 2010. It is speculated that the deal was compensation for Zach Phillips signing with the team… losers of five straight games… 2-7-0-1 in their last 10 games… 7-3-0-0 at home this season… averaging 2,006 fans per game… got off to hot start with a record of 6-2-0-0 in their first eight games but then hit a 4-10-0-1 slide… Billy Lacasse is hurt and will not play… only Lewiston’s second home game in November.

Saint John vs Lewiston:
This Season
(GP-W-L-OTL-SOL-PTS):
0-0-0-0-0-0
Home: 0-0-0-0-0-0
Road: 0-0-0-0-0-0
Goals For: 0
Goals Against: 0

Last Season (GP-W-L-OTL-SOL-PTS):
2-2-0-0-0-4
Home: 1-1-0-0-0-2
Road: 1-1-0-0-0-2
Goals For: 6
Goals Against: 3

All-Time-Not including this season (GP-W-L-OTL-SOL-PTS):
26-10-15-0-1-21
Home: 13-7-5-0-1-15
Road: 13-3-10-0-0-6
Goals For: 66
Goals Against: 94

Station Nation Facts:

  • Lewiston was very close to moving to Fredericton last season after having low attendance numbers. The team stayed in Lewiston and decided to do a total rebuild of the organization. Their slogan this season is “We like it here.”
  • The Maineiacs were major sellers in the offseason. They traded the likes of Peter Delmas, Marc Bourgeois, Garrett Clarke, Danick Paquette, and their first round Euro pick that Moncton used to draft Kirill Kabanov.
  • During the 2006-07 season, with the team lead by head-coach ClĂ©ment Jodoin, won two consecutive championships: the first one in the regular season, then the playoff one, when they won 16 times in 17 games... almost perfect! But the Memorial Cup tournament was more difficult for the MAINEiacs, only one win in 4 games. Finally, the host team, the Vancouver Giants, won the Memorial Cup 2007.
  • The team’s notables over the years include: Richard Leduc, Michel Bergeron, Normand Rochefort, Yanic Perreault, Jocelyn Thibault, Mathieu Dandenault, Chad Denny, Jonathan Bernier and ClĂ©ment Jodoin .
  • According to the QMJHL website, Drew MacIntyre wore the number “100” for 215 games when the team was in Sherbrooke.
  • This is the only time these two play each other in Lewiston this season. They play again at Harbour Station on December 6th at 4:00 pm.
  • The Androscoggin Bank Colisee is one of the stranger buildings in the league. For players to get from the bench to their dressing room, they must cross through the concourse.
  • The Maineiacs have played the Sea Dogs twice in Fredericton during the pre-season and have won both games.

Important Info:
Venue:
Androscoggin Bank Colisee
Capacity: 3,675
Arena Guide Info: http://www.qmjhlarenaguide.com/maineiacs.htm

Saint John Media: Radio- News 88.9 FM (http://www.news889.com/)
Live Video Streaming: http://www.qmjhl.mytelus.com/
Post-Game Coverage: http://www.stationnation.blogspot.com/, Telegraph-Journal, Maine Hockey Journal, Lewiston Sun Journal

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