Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sea Dogs Host Wildcats Tonight

SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs look to even up their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League pre-season record with a victory tonight over the Moncton Wildcats.

The Sea Dogs and Wildcats finish up a home-and-home series tonight at 7pm at Harbour Station. The Wildcats won the opener yesterday at the Red Ball Internet Centre by score of 3-2.

Ludlow Jr. Harris, Lindon Beckwith and Mark Tremaine all scored in the Moncton win. Roman Will and Jack Flinn combined to make 25 saves on the night.

For Saint John, Ben MacDonald and Brock Morrison each scored in the loss. The Sea Dogs’ top pick in June’s draft, Oliver Cooper, was a plus-one and added an assist. Cooper was noticeable on the ice all night because of his size.

Goaltenders Richard Tingley and Alex Fournier combined to make 23 saves.

Tonight, both teams should be showing off some different players as the first wave of cuts loom.

“Teams must decide by Monday at noon whether they're keeping the players who are CEGEP students,” writes Neil Hodge in the Telegraph-Journal. “CEGEP is the mandatory education level in Quebec that falls between high school and university.

“Teams must also offer their 19-year-olds a contract by Tuesday at 11 a.m. or place them on league waivers where other clubs can pick them up for nothing.”

This game is one of just two pre-season games that the Sea Dogs will play at Harbour Station. Following tonight’s match, the team opens up a home-and-home weekend set with the PEI Rocket which begins next Saturday at the Quispamsis qplex.

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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