Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dogs Battle Rocket Tonight In Quispamsis

SAINT JOHN - A packed house will watch the Saint John Sea Dogs battle the PEI Rocket tonight at the new qplex in Quispamsis. Game time is 7pm.

The Sea Dogs are winless so far in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League pre-season play. They are 0-2 following 3-2 and 4-3 losses at the hands of the Moncton Wildcats last weekend.

Brock Morrison leads the Sea Dogs in exhibition scoring with two goals and an assist. Danny Wicks also has two markers after two contests.

There are currently 31 players still at Saint John training camp following the first round of cuts last Sunday. NHL first round draft picks Jonathan Huberdeau and Nathan Beaulieu were added to the camp roster.

The only regular players from last season that have seen pre-season action have been Jason Cameron and Ryan Tesink. With only three exhibition games left for Saint John, the lineups should start to include some more familiar names.

The Rocket are 1-1-0-0 so far in pre-season play. They defeated the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6-5 in their first game last weekend at the KC Irving Regional Centre and then fell 6-2 to the Titan in Pownal, PEI.

A number of players are tied for the Rocket scoring lead with two points. Yan Pavel Laplante leads the squad in goals with two.

According to the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper, “Rocket head coach Gordie Dwyer will have a younger lineup against the Dogs as he is still evaluating the rookies and second-year players among the 26-man training camp roster.”

Also according to the Guardian, Maxime Legace, who will attend Pittsburgh Penguins camp as a free agent, will get the start in goal for PEI while Antoine Bibeau, who the the Rocket acquired earlier this week in a trade, will be his backup.

Matej Beran, who the Rocket selected 35th overall in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, will make his debut tonight. Alex Gallant and Michael Abbott are out with injuries.

The full camp roster for the Rocket can be found here and the Sea Dogs’ roster here.

There will be a pre-game presentation tonight that will see Irving Oil donate $250,000 to the qplex.

According to today’s Telegraph-Journal, John Decourcey of Irving Oil will present the cheque to Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll.

If you have extra tickets to tonight's sold out game, there are a number of folks looking for seats on kijiji.

For those unable to attend tonight's match, please follow along with our live blog of the match.

The Sea Dogs travel to PEI to face the Rocket tomorrow night at 7pm at MacLauchlan Arena in their final road pre-season game.

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