Saturday, February 4, 2012

GAMEDAY 53: at Shawinigan

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Shawinigan Cataractes
Today at 5pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live Blog: SN
Bionest Centre

SHAWINIGAN – Over the past two years, the Saint John Sea Dogs have iced excellent teams. In 2009-10 and 2010-11, the Sea Dogs won the regular season title fairly easily, holding a lead for most of the season. But this year is a different story. The Sea Dogs have an excellent team again, but they currently find themselves just one-point ahead of the Shawinigan Cataractes for first place in the league and have played one extra game.

The race for first place makes today’s game a big one. Add in all of the Memorial Cup drama and the previous games played between these two this year and this is a huge, huge game. The Dogs and Cats meet today at 5pm at the Bionest Centre. 

Saint John enters today’s game with a record of 37-13-0-2 for 76 points. They are currently the hottest team in the league having won six straight and nine of their last 10.

The Dogs are 15-9-0-1 on the road this year and have outscored opponents 92-81.

Shawinigan enters action today with a record of 35-11-3-2 for 75 points. They have also been playing some good hockey of late, winning eight of their last 10 and picking up points in each of their past three contests.

The Cataractes are 18-6-0-2 at home this year and have outscored the opposition 66-38.

This is the third of four meetings this season between these two. Shawinigan basically dominated the last one, winning 4-1 at Harbour Station. Today, it’s time for some revenge.


Saint JohnShawinigan
Record37-13-0-2 (1st Maritimes)35-11-2-3 (1st East)
Home Record- - -18-6-0-2
Road Record15-9-0-1- - -
Last 109-1-0-08-1-0-1
Goals For214205
Goals Against148130
Overall PP21.2% (10th)21.1% (11th)
Home PP- - -23.3% (10th)
Road PP19.5% (10th)- - -
Overall PK77.6% (9th)83.9% (2nd)
Home PK- - -81.7% (5th)
Road PK71.6% (15th)- - -
PIM/GAME15.6 (9th)16.4 (4th)

The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 shootout win last night in Drummondville. The Dogs led 2-1 late in the game but the Voltigeurs tied it in the final minute, sending it to extra time. Charlie Coyle and Ryan Tesink scored for Saint John in regulation time while Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Jurco netted shootout markers. Nathan Beaulieu added two assists. Sebastien Auger made 29 saves for the win.

Shawinigan is coming off an 8-1 win over the Val-d’Or Foreurs last night at the Bionest Centre. Michael Chaput and Loik Poudrier scored twice while singles came from Mitchell Maynard, Pierre-Olivier Morin, Michael Bournival, and Peter Sakaris. Jonathan Narbonne had three assists. Alex Dubeau allowed a goal on 19 shots.

The Sea Dogs are 1-1-0-0 against the Cataractes this year while Shawinigan is 1-0-1-0 against Saint John.

Their last meeting came on January 12 at Harbour Station when the Cataractes beat the Sea Dogs easily by score of 4-1. Charlie Coyle had the lone Saint John goal while Peter Sakaris had two for Shawinigan and singles came from Michael Chaput and Michael Bournival. Mathieu Corbeil allowed four goals on 26 shots while Gabriel Girard allowed one on 30 shots.

Zack Phillips still leads Saint John in scoring with 66 points (26G, 40A) in 45 games this year. Danick Gauthier leads the club in goals with 37 while Phillips has a team high 40 assists.

Anton Zlobin leads the Cataractes in scoring with 57 points (31G, 26A) in 49 games this season. Zlobin leads the team in goals with 31 while Michael Chaput has a team high 32 assists.

Mathieu Corbeil (28-9-0-0, 2.46 GAA, 0.907 SV%) for Saint John and Gabriel Girard (16-3-1-1, 2.25 GAA, 0.921 SV%) for Shawinigan.

Girard and Corbeil are currently one and two for the best goal against average in the league, respectively.

  • Shawinigan is averaging 3,446 fans per game this season at the Bionest Centre.
  • Danick Gauthier is second in the league in goals with 37. Anton Zlobin is sixth with 31.
  • Zack Phillips is 10th in assists with 40.
  • Michael Bournival, Maxime Le Sieur, and Liok Poudrier are all three, four and five in shorthanded goals with three, respectively. Ryan Tesink is eighth with two.
  • Gauthier is second in game-winning goals with seven. Le Sieur and Yannick Veilleux both have five.
  • Veilleux is third in first goals with six.
  • Tomas Jurco is third in insurance goals with four.
  • Ian Saab is second in penalty minutes with 136.
  • Phillips is a league best +38.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau leads the league in shorthanded assists with four.
  • Saint John is 26-1-0-0 when scoring first this season. Shawinigan is 25-1-2-1.
  • The Cataractes are 7-1-1-0 against Maritime Division teams this year.

Rouyn-Noranda at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EST
Rimouski at Drummondville - 4:00 PM EST
Acadie-Bathurst at Halifax - 7:00 PM AST
Quebec at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:00 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Gatineau - 7:00 PM EST

The Sea Dogs are in PEI next Saturday for Hockey Day in Canada. Game time is 4pm at the CCC. 

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