SEA DOGS –FOREURS GAME AT A GLANCE
Final Score: Val-d’Or 0, Saint John 11
Saint John Goals: Danick Gauthier (13), Mike Hoffman (33), Tomas Jurco (18), Jonathan Huberdeau (10, 11, 12), Stanislav Galiev (13), Nicholas Pard (12), Zach Phillips (9), Michael Kirkpatrick (21), and Gabriel Bourret (3)
Val-d’Or Goals: None
Winning Goaltender: SNB – Marco Cousineau (17-15-0)
Losing Goaltender: VDO - Jacob Chouinard (4-3-0)
News 88.9 Top Dog: Jonathan Huberdeau
Power Play: Foreurs 0/4, Sea Dogs 2/6
Shots on Goal: Foreurs: 7+9+10=26, Sea Dogs: 13+16+13=42
SAINT JOHN SCRATCHES
Steven Anthony missed the game with what the Sea Dogs are calling an upper body injury. He suffered the injury in the second period of Friday night’s 6-3 win. Christian Morin missed his fourth straight game with an upper body injury.
Gabriel Bourret and Aiden Kelly filled their voids in the lineup.
Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant couldn’t have asked for much more than he got on Saturday night. Saint John’s offense exploded for 11 goals a night after playing one of their worst games all season.
“That was a good indication of what we're capable of when all twenty guys put in a full sixty minute effort,” said Danick Gauthier after the game to the Sea Dogs' Twitter page.
The Sea Dogs took it to the Foreurs from start to finish last night. They scored 40 seconds into the first period and in the last minute of the third period. It was also a balance attack as the Dogs scored four goals in the first and second periods and three in the final 20 minutes.
The dominating performance comes six days after blowing out the Gatineau Olympiques 8-0.
The 2009-2010 edition of the Saint John Sea Dogs is the best team in franchise history.
With their 42nd win last night, the Sea Dogs eclipsed their previous high of 41 set in the 2007-2008 season. With 17 games left, Saint John will likely have their first 50 win season.
With Steven Anthony out of the lineup, 16-year old Jonathan Huberdeau jumped to the second with Michael Kirkpatrick. He never looked back.
Huberdeau lit up the Foreurs for three goals and also got two assists on the evening. His five point game is a personal best and tied a Sea Dogs rookie record for points in a game. The other rookie to record five points was Simon Despres. "Joe" scored on all three of his shots and was an amazing +5.
Huberdeau picked up his second straight first star performance. He was excellent on Friday night as well with a goal and an assist.
The St. Gerome, Quebec native also showed a physical side to his game last night, getting into a small scrap after being high sticked in the face.
The future of the Sea Dogs is in good hands.
Along with Huberdeau’s five points, Danick Gauthier, Gabriel Bourret, Zach Phillips, and Stanislav Galiev all had a goal and an assist each. Tomas Jurco also had a goal.
The big guns in Mike Hoffman and Nicholas Petersen combined to registered one goal and four assists.
Only three players failed to record a point and two were defensemen. Kevin Gagne and Pierre Durepos didn’t get a point but were both a +3.
Poor Aiden Kelly, he has yet to get a point in seven games this season and didn’t have a shot on goal last night.
Four Saint John first year players are now in the top 20 for QMJHL rookie scoring.
CANADIAN PRESS RECAP
Jonathan Huberdeau had the biggest game of his junior career Saturday night.
The 16-year-old forward scored three goals and set up two as the Saint John Sea Dogs crushed the Val-d'Or Foreurs 11-0 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
It was the first hat trick of Huberdeau's junior career. He now has 12 goals and 28 points in his rookie season with Saint John.
Marco Cousineau made 26 saves for his third shutout of the 2009-10 season. He was acquired by the Sea Dogs in a trade with the P.E.I. Rocket on Dec. 30.
The win was the largest margin of victory in the league this season, with nine different players scoring for Saint John.
At Saint John, N.B., Danick Gauthier, Mike Hoffman, Tomas Jurco, Stanislav Galiev, Nicholas Pard, Zack Phillips, Michael Kirkpatrick and Gabriel Bourret were the other scorers for the Sea Dogs (42-8-1).
Jacob Gervais-Chouinard made 31 saves for Val-d'Or (18-29-5).
Not available yet. See http://www.youtube.com/user/seadogstv later today or tomorrow.
OUT OF TOWN
Elsewhere in the QMJHL it was: Shawinigan 3 Halifax 2; P.E.I. 4 Acadie-Bathurst 2; and Cape Breton 4 Victoriaville 2.
Nine different players scored for Saint John… Marco Cousineau got his third shutout of the season and second as a Sea Dog. He is 4-0 since changing his sweater number to 79… Mike Thomas left the game in the third period after being high sticked. The officials missed two obvious high sticks last night… Val-d’Or defenseman Mathieu Leduc was a -6 on the night… this is the most goals the Sea Dogs have scored in a game this season and the widest margin of victory. The record for goals in a game is 12… Saint John has now won three games in a row and have outscored their opponents 25-3 in that span… it was “Salute the Navy” night at Harbour Station with a pre-game ceremony taking place at center ice… very disappointing crowd of only 4,175 on a Saturday night... Foreurs head coach Marc-Andre Dumont will be questioned for his move to leave goaltender Jacob Chouinard in for the entire game.
The Sea Dogs travel to Halifax to take on the Mooseheads Friday at 7:00 pm.