Friday, September 24, 2010

PRE-GAME: Saint John Sea Dogs vs Montreal Junior


WHO: Saint John Sea Dogs vs Montreal Junior
WHEN: Tonight, 8:05 pm AST
WHERE: Verdun Auditorium

VISITING TEAM: Saint John Sea Dogs
Record: 4-0-0-0 (1st in Maritimes Division)
Last Game: 5-0 win at PEI on Sunday
Leading Scorer: Jonathan Huberdeau: 4GP-4G-5A-9Pts; Ryan Tesink: 4GP-3G-6A-9Pts
Notes: Saint John will be without forward Stephen MacAulay and defenseman Simon Despres due to their participation at National Hockey League training camps. Sea Dogs captain Mike Thomas will also miss the game because he is taking part in an American Hockey League training camp… Stanislav Galiev will make his season debut tonight after taking part in Washington Capitals training camp… Steven Anthony will also make his regular season debut after the Vancouver Canucks sent the forward back to Saint John… the Sea Dogs join the Drummondville Voltigeurs as the only two teams without a loss so far this season… Saint John is coming off a dominant 5-0 win against the PEI Rocket in Charlottetown on Sunday night. Zach Phillips recorded a hat trick in the match… this is the second game of a five game stretch of road games for the Dogs. They finish up their first Quebec road swing of the year tomorrow evening in Drummondville… if Saint John pulls off a victory tonight, they will set a franchise record for consecutive wins to open a season with five… the Dogs have outscored their opponents 23-8 so far this season… so far, Saint John has kept their goaltending duo in a rotation. If the rotation stays true, 20-year old net minder Karel St. Laurent would start in goal. Frederic Piche is coming a 17 save shutout win against the Rocket… Tomas Jurco’s five goals have him in a tie for the league goal scoring lead… Jonathan Huberdeau, Michael Kirkpatrick, Ryan Tesnink, and Christian Morin all sit one through four at the top of the league’s plus/minus ratings… Tesink sits first in rookie scoring with nine points in four games… Huberdeau and Tesink lead the league in insurance goals with two.

HOME TEAM: Montreal Junior
Record: 1-1-2-0 (5th in Telus West Division)
Last Game: 4-3 loss at Drummondville on Sunday
Leading Scorer: Xavier Ouellet: 4GP-1G-6A-7Pts
Notes: 24 Hours Montreal reports that Philippe Lefebvre (Canadiens), Trevor Parkes (Red Wings), Louis - Marc Aubry (Red Wings) and defenseman Charles -Olivier Roussel (Predators) are all expected to play for the Junior after being away at NHL Training Camps… still away at camp is star forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Louis Leblanc and their starting net minder, Jean-Francois Berube… The Hockey News picked the Junior to finish second overall in the QMJHL behind Saint John. The publication also projected Montreal to finish sixth in the Canadian Hockey League standings… Montreal finished tied with Val-d’Or for the best record in the QMJHL pre-season at 4-0-0-1… the Junior are coming an overtime loss against the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Sean Couturier ended the game in overtime… Xavier Ouellet appeared on the cover of the QMJHL media guide with Saint John’s Jonathan Huberdeau and Couturier… Montreal won the season series against Saint John last year 2-1… according to, the Junior are the only team in the QMJHL without a fighting major this season… Trevor Parkes recently signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings after he went undrafted in June… Philippe Lefebvre leads the Junior with four goals scored in just two games played this season… the Junior have the seventh ranked penalty kill with a rating of 0.812%.

From the Montreal Junior blog Hockey Points:

David Rose is on fire this season. He has already registered 2 goals and 3 assists in 4 games played. Rose's skating has definitely improved since last season. He is generating more speed from his stride and is skating to the right areas on the ice in order to create more room for himself when he has the puck. Last season Rose scored 18 points in 32 games played.
This goal ended the Montreal Junior’s playoff run last year, eliminating them in overtime of game seven of the first round against Gatineau. Brutal.

The Olympiques went on to lose in four straight to Saint John in the second round.

Venue: Verdun Auditorium
Seating Capacity: 3,795
Year Built: 1939
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, 24 Heurs

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The Sea Dogs travel to Drummondville to face the Voltigeurs tomorrow night at 8:00 pm.

Photo Credit: The Pensblog

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