Saturday, September 3, 2011

Gauthier Leads Dogs In Pre-Season Scoring

Here is a look at some of the Saint John Sea Dogs' statistical leaders with their 2011 pre-season schedule now complete...

Danick Gauthier finished 14th in team scoring last year but he led the way for the Sea Dogs this pre-season.

With all five pre-season games completed for the Sea Dogs, Gauthier finishes as the team’s point leader with six points – one goal and five assists – in three games.

His five assists are also a team high.

Gauthier, who spent most of last season as a third line grinder and penalty killer, recorded 11 goals and 19 assists in 65 regular season games. He added another three markers and a helper in 18 playoff games.

Brock Morrison, who played in just two games with Saint John last year, led the Sea Dogs in goal scoring with four markers. He also added an assist in his five pre-season games.

Morrison, selected in the eighth round of the 2010 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft, had 10 goals and 17 assists in 47 regular season games with the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s Yarmouth Mariners last year. He also had a goal and an assist in 10 playoff contests.

Newcomer Ian Saab, who the Sea Dogs snagged in the Lewiston Maineiacs (RIP) dispersal draft, led the Dogs in penalty minutes in exhibition play with 19 in just two games. The only other Saint John player to reach double digits in penalty minutes was defenseman Spencer MacDonald who had 11.

In net, the Sea Dogs’ expected No. 1 goaltender, Mathieu Corbeil, had the best stats with a 1.96 goals against average and a 0.933 save percentage.

The stats of every skater that played for Saint John this pre-season can be found here and goaltending numbers can be found here.

As a team, Saint John finished the pre-season with a .500 record of 2-2-0-1. They outscored their opposition 21-20 over the five games.

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