Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dogs Take On Rocket In PEI Tonight

After Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Wind Storm Irene blew away any hopes of playing Sunday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League pre-season game on Sunday, the Saint John Sea Dogs and Prince Edward Island Rocket will try to do battle tonight in Charlottetown.

The Rocket, 1-1-0-1, host the Sea Dogs, 1-2-0-0, this evening at 7pm at MacLauchlan Arena which is located on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island.

Saint John and PEI faced each other on Saturday at the qplex in Quispamsis with the Sea Dogs coming out on top by score of 5-4 in a shootout.

Brock Morrison scored twice for the home side while Aidan Kelly and Alexandre Beauregard added singles. Jonathan Huberdeau scored the lone shootout goal.

Mathieu Corbeil and Sebastien Auger combined to allow four goals on 25 shots in the Saint John net.

Josh Currie, Tomas Pavelka, Dylan Capstick and Victor Provencher all scored for PEI.

Maxime Legace allowed a goal on 14 shots through two periods of action while the newly acquired Antoine Bibeau allowed three markers on nine shots.

It was the first time these two had met in exhibition play but the game was quite nasty of times with shoving after whistles, plenty of penalties and a near fight.

"It was getting pretty aggressive out there,'' Sea Dogs forward Brock Morrison said to the Telegraph-Journal. "I don't know the history between these two teams, but it seemed like no one really liked each other out there.''

“Although this is exhibition, both teams played hard right until the final whistle,” said PEI head coach Gordie Dwyer, who is entering his first season with the club, in a Rocket release. “Saint John had a very strong line-up with a number of returning players from last year’s team so they obviously don’t like to lose. I was quite pleased with the way we competed from start to finish and this is going to be the way we play all season long. It made for a good game and the guys are looking forward to (tonight)! I am very happy with the way the guys are buying into our program.”

Morrison is having quite a pre-season as he leads Saint John in scoring with five points. Four of those five points have been goals.

The Rocket are led by Bruce Hornbrook who has a goal and two assists and Louick Marcotte who has three helpers.

Please join us tonight as we live blog/tweet tonight’s game from Charlottetown.

The Sea Dogs wrap up the pre-season tomorrow night at 7pm at Harbour Station when they host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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