WHO: Saint John Sea Dogs vs Drummondville Voltigeurs
WHEN: Tonight, 8:00 pm AST
WHERE: Marcel Dionne Centre
(Ed. Note: The new QMJHL website is being a bigger piece of junk than usual this afternoon. Our apologies as some info is unavailable.)
VISITING TEAM: Saint John Sea Dogs
Last Game: 4-1 loss at Montreal last night
Leading Scorer: Jonathan Huberdeau: 5GP-4G-5A-9Pts; Ryan Tesink: 5GP-3G-6A-9Pts; Michael Kirkpatrick: 5GP-2G-7A-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… returning to the lineup last night from NHL camps were Stanislav Galiev and Steven Anthony… the Sea Dogs are coming off an average performance where they lost 4-1 to the Montreal Junior last evening. Steven Anthony had the lone goal for the visitors in the late stages of the first period. Karel St. Laurent played well in goal despite the loss, facing 36 shots on the night. A few odd bounces and defensive miscues didn’t help the cause… after starting the season 4-0-0-0, the Sea Dogs are coming off their first loss of the year… the Sea Dogs defeated the Volts 4-3 in a shootout in their only meeting at the Marcel Dionne Centre last year. It was one of the toughest wins during the team’s epic 22-game winning streak… Saint John has three fighting majors on the season. Jonathan Huberdeau dropped the gloves in last night’s game… Ryan Tesink sits third in rookie scoring with three goals and six assists in five games played… Saint John has outscored their opponents 24-12 in five games… Saint John is 1-1-0-0 on the road so far this season… Frederic Piche will likely start in net with the Volts being his former team. The goaltender is 2-0 so far this season with a 1.00 goals against average and a 0.957 save percentage. He is coming off a 17 save shutout in PEI last Sunday… Saint John has the 10th ranked power play with a rating of 0.240%...
HOME TEAM: Drummondville Voltigeurs
Last Game: 8-3 win at Gatineau last night
Leading Scorer: Sean Couturier: 5GP-6G-2A-8Pts
Notes: At 5-0-0-0, the Voltigeurs are the lone remaining team with a perfect record to open the season. Saint John was the only other undefeated team entering action last night but fell in Montreal… the Volts are coming off an 8-3 in Gatineau last evening. Sean Couturier had two goals and an assist while Jonathan Brunelle also had two goals… all eyes will be on Sean Couturier this season. Just about every hockey publication has the offensive forward going in the top two or three of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft. This will be the first time this season that he will get to play against other top prospects Jonathan Huberdeau, Tomas Jurco, Zach Phillips, and Nathan Beaulieu… the Volts have taken the fewest amount of penalty minutes of any team this season. They have served just 55 minutes in the sin bin… after being known for their goal scoring the past two seasons, Drummondville is tied for fifth in goals scored with 21… Drummondville is 3-0-0-0 at home so far this season… they have the third ranked power play in the circuit with a rating of 0.375%... the Volts were eliminated from playoff contention in the semi-finals last year against Moncton… Drummondville allowed their first power play goal against last night. The Volts have only allowed one goal against while they are shorthanded in 15 chances. That is rating of 0.933%.
- The Voltigeurs website is one of the few sites in the CHL Network being used to its full potential. It has an ad for the video game "Guitar Hero" on the page.
- 10 of the 20 famous Drummondville natives on Wikipedia are listed as professional hockey players.
- A 2006 Canadian Cenus study showed that Drummondville has a population of 67,392.
Venue: Marcel Dionne Centre
Seating Capacity: 4,000 (3,038 seated)
Year Built: 1963
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Radio (Sea Dogs): News 88.9 FM
Live Web Feed: Telus
Live Blog: Station Nation
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AFTER THE BUZZER
The Sea Dogs take six days off before travelling to Halifax next Friday.
Photo Credit: Voltigeurs Facebook page