Sunday, October 17, 2010

PRE-GAME: Victoriaville Tigres vs Saint John Sea Dogs


WHO: Victoriaville Tigres vs Saint John Sea Dogs
WHEN: Today, 4:00 pm
WHERE: Harbour Station

(CAUTION: Because the QMJHL website sucks more than Ian White’s face, individual and special team stats are as of last night)

VISITING TEAM: Victoriaville Tigres
Record: 6-8-0-1
Last Game: 5-1 loss at PEI last night
Leading Scorer: Philip-Michael Devos (14GP-6G-20A-26Pts)
Notes: Victoriaville is coming off a 5-1 loss in PEI last night against the Rocket. The Tigres’ lone goal came from Carl-Antoine Delisle who scored in the late stages of the third period. David Honzik made 33 saves in net in the loss. Philippe Maillet and Pierre-Luc Pelletier were a team worst -4 last night while Etienne St. Germain and Mickael Belanger were a team best +1… Philip-Michael Devos is second in league scoring with six goals and 20 assists in 14 games played. He leads the league in assists with 20… the Tigres are 6-8-0-1 and are fourth in the Telus East Division and 13th overall in the QMJHL… 3-5-0-0 on the road this season and have been outscored 38-25 in those eight games… the Tigres are middle-of-pack in both power play and penalty kill stats… Yanni Gourde is a team best +6… although Devos is one of the top scorers in the league, he is a -3… according to the never reliable QMJHL website, Brandon Whitney backed-up David Honzik in net last night in PEI. Antonio Mastropietro is the team’s number one goaltender and has played the most minutes among the three. He has a 4-1 record, a 3.36 goals against average, and a 0.896 save percentage. He last played Friday against the Moncton Wildcats… Victoriaville has an average age of 17.85 years which is 13th overall in the QMJHL… the Tigres are the third lightest team in the league with an average weight of 79.67 kg… they are the 11th tallest team in the league with an average height of 182.37… rookie Jordan Watt is an Orange, California native.

This is the final game of a three game road swing through the Maritimes for the Tigres. They fell 6-3 in Moncton on Friday night, lost 5-1 in Charlottetown last night, and finish things up this afternoon in the Port City.

HOME TEAM: Saint John Sea Dogs
Record: 9-2-0-1
Last Game: 2-0 win vs Rouyn-Noranda last night
Leading Scorer: Jonathan Huberdeau (12GP-8G-7A-15Pts)
Notes: The Sea Dogs are coming off a strange 2-0 win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies last night. Despite only winning the game 2-0, Saint John dominated the Huskies for most of the game but had a difficult time getting by the Husky defence. Steven Anthony and Stanislav Galiev finally broke through in the third period to guarantee a Sea Dogs victory. Jacob DeSerres earned the shutout in his debut… DeSerres made 20 stops in the win but he wasn’t tested all that much, especially in the first period where he made just three saves. Today should be a tougher test for the former Brandon Wheat King… the Sea Dogs improved to a perfect 7-0-0-0 on home ice with a victory last night… Saint John currently sits third in the Maritimes Division and fifth overall in the QMJHL… the Sea Dogs have the fourth ranked power play among teams on home ice. They are operating at 0.269% at home and 0.231% overall… the Sea Dogs’ penalty kill has been fairly solid this season, running at a 0.830% which is good for third overall in the QMJHL… Jurco is the only active Sea Dog to have not taken a penalty yet this season… the Sea Dogs are the sixth oldest team in the league with an average age of 18.04 years… they are the fourth tallest team in the league with an average height of 183.35 cm… Saint John is the 10th heaviest team in the league with an average weight of 80.85 kg. They are the lightest team in the Maritimes Division… this is the final game of a five game homestand for Saint John. They are 4-0 so far with wins over Moncton, Montreal, Rimouski, and Rouyn-Noranda… this is the third straight game that Saint John has faced a Quebec based team at home… the Sea Dogs hit the road on Friday for what will be the beginning of a six game road swing.

This a rematch of the 2010 QMJHL semi-finals. The Sea Dogs won the entertaining series four games to two in a series that had quit a few storylines such as livestock shows and a Mike Thomas suspension.

The Sea Dogs won all three games that were hosted at Harbour Station.

Venue: Harbour Station
Seating Capacity: 6,297
Year Built: 1993
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, La Nouvelle L’Union

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The Sea Dogs travel to Bathurst on Friday to face the Titan at 7:30 pm.

Photo Credits: La Nouvelle L'Union, Marc Henwood, Station Nation

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