Sunday, September 19, 2010

PRE-GAME: Saint John Sea Dogs vs PEI Rocket


WHO: Saint John Sea Dogs vs PEI Rocket
WHEN: Tonight, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Charlottetown Civic Centre

VISITING TEAM: Saint John Sea Dogs
Record: 3-0-0-0
Last Game: 5-2 win vs Halifax Mooseheads last night
Leading Scorer: Jonathan Huberdeau: 3GP-3G-5A-8Pts
Notes: Saint John will be without the services of defenseman Simon Despres (Pittsburgh), and forwards Mike Thomas (Edmonton), Stephen MacAulay (St. Louis), Stanislav Galiev (Washington), and Steven Anthony (Vancouver) who are all attending National Hockey League Training Camps… this will be the first road game for the Sea Dogs this season. Saint John was the best road team in the QMJHL last year… the Sea Dogs join the Quebec Remparts and Drummondville Voltigeurs as the only undefeated teams remaining in the league this season… Saint John has the 11th ranked power play with a percentage of 0.200%... the Dogs have the 8th best penalty killing unit with a percentage of 0.824%... Jonathan Huberdeau is leading the Sea Dogs in scoring with eight points (three goals and five assists) in three games this season… Tomas Jurco scored five goals in his first two games of the season last weekend but failed to register a point in yesterday’s contest against the Halifax Mooseheads. His five goals tie him with three other players for the goal scoring lead… Ryan Tesink is tied with Tomas Filippi of the Quebec Remparts for the QMJHL rookie scoring lead with seven points (three goals and four assists)… it isn’t clear who will start in goal for Saint John tonight. Karel St. Laurent put in a solid performance last night against the Herd. In two games this season, the 20-year old has 3.00 GAA and a .900 save percentage. Frederic Piche has a 2.00 GAA and a .933 save percentage in only one appearance so far this season… this is the first of five consecutive road games for the Dogs. They will hit Montreal and Drummondville next weekend and Halifax and Sydney the following. They return to Harbour Station on October 8.

Record: 1-2-0-0
Last Game: 5-3 loss vs Moncton Wildcats on Friday
Leading Scorer: Jordan Escott: 3GP-4G-2A-6Pts
Notes: The Rocket sit fourth overall in the Maritimes Division and 13th in the league… PEI has played Saint John once so far this season. It came on opening night when the Sea Dogs downed the Rocket 6-4 at Harbour Station… Travis McIsaac, Ben Duffy, Jordan Escott, and Josh Currie have all scored against Saint John in their only meeting this season… Evan Mosher will likely get the start in net for the home team this evening. He is 1-2 with a GAA of 3.68 and save percentage of 0.893. He started in previous meeting between these two teams… PEI has the worst power play in the league so far this season. They are operating at an efficiency of 0.091%... the Rocket are 5th in penalty killing with a rating of 0.867%... Jonathan Bonneau is a team worst -5 this season… Dylan Capstick is team best +4… the Rocket are coming off a 5-3 home loss against the Moncton Wildcats on Friday night. It was their first home game of the season after starting the year with a weekend road trip.

This game was originally scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm as Sunday games usually due. But because of the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars hosting their Training Camp at the Charlottetown Civic Centre, the game had to be pushed back.

Yahoo! Sports’ junior hockey blog, Buzzing The Net, recently named the Charlottetown Civic Centre one of the five worst arenas in the Canadian Hockey League.

Although built in 1990, the facility was horribly designed to host major sporting events.

Venue: Charlottetown Civic Centre
Seating Capacity: 3,690
Year Built: 1990
QMJHL Arena Guide

Radio (Sea Dogs): News 88.9 FM
Live Web Feed: Telus
Television: None
Live Blog: Station Nation
Post-Game Coverage: Station Nation, Telegraph-Journal, The Guardian

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Saint John hits the road for a Friday night game in Montreal.

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