Halifax Mooseheads vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7pm
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SAINT JOHN – The two top teams in the Maritimes Division meet tonight at Harbour Station as the Saint John Sea Dogs host the Halifax Mooseheads. Youth upper-bowl tickets to the 7 p.m. game are available for just $2 (plus $1 service charge) with the purchase of an adult ticket.
The Sea Dogs, winners of 11 straight games, enter action this evening with a record of 41-14-0-2 for 84 points. They sit second overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, one-point back of the Shawinigan Cataractes. Saint John has, however, played one less game than Shawinigan.
The Sea Dogs are 23-5-0-1 at home and have outscored opponents 130-70.
The Mooseheads, winners of four straight and are 6-2-1-1 in their last 10 games, enter play tonight with a record of 33-18-2-4 for 72 points. They sit second in the Maritimes Division and sixth overall in the league.
Halifax is 12-11-1-3 on the road this year and have been outscored 102-85.
|Record||33-18-2-4 (2nd Maritimes)||41-14-0-2 (1st Maritimes)|
|Home Record||- - -||23-5-0-1|
|Road Record||12-11-1-3||- - -|
|Overall PP||23.5% (6th)||22.0% (9th)|
|Home PP||- - -||22.5% (12th)|
|Road PP||23.1% (6th)||- - -|
|Overall PK||77.9% (9th)||79.7% (6th)|
|Home PK||- - -||84.9% (4th)|
|Road PK||76.1% (9th)||- - -|
|PIM/GAME||13.5 (16th)||16.6 (5th)|
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-1 win over the Quebec Remparts on Friday night at Harbour Station. Tomas Jurco, Maxime Villemaire, Danick Gauthier, and Stanislav Galiev all scored for Saint John. Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists. Mathieu Corbeil made 25 saves for the win.
The Mooseheads are coming off a wild 6-5 win in Bathurst on Sunday afternoon. They led 6-0 after two on two goals from Ryan Falkenham and singles from Alexandre Grenier, Cameron Critchlow, Alexandre Cote, and Martin Frk. The Titan then stormed back, scoring five times in the third to make things interesting. Zach Fucale made 23 saves in net to earn the victory.
Saint John is 5-1-0-0 against Halifax this season while the Mooseheads are 1-5-0-0 against the Sea Dogs.
The last meeting between the two teams came on January 21 at Harbour Station. Tomas Jurco and Charlie Coyle each had two goals for Saint John in a 7-3 win while Stephen MacAulay, Danick Gauthier, and Aidan Kelly also had goals. Halifax had markers from Konrad Abeltshauser, Darcy Ashley, and Martin Frk. Mathieu Corbeil made 29 saves for the Sea Dogs. Zach Fucale allowed seven goals on 36 shots while Marc-Olivier Daigle stopped all five shots in relief.
Saint John is led by Zack Phillips who has 71 points (27G, 44A) in 50 games this year. Danick Gauthier leads the club in goals with 40 while Phillips has a team high 44 assists.
Nathan MacKinnon leads the Mooseheads in scoring with 65 points (26G, 39A) in 47 games this season. MacKinnon leads the team in goals with 26 and assists with 39.
Mathieu Corbeil (32-9-0-0, 2.29 GAA, 0.914 SV%) for Saint John and Zachary Fucale (26-14-2-3, 3.17 GAA, 0.891 SV%) for Halifax.
Mooseheads leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon will be a game-time decision tonight, reports Metro Halifax.
MacKinnon has missed the last two games with a fractured thumb. He suffered the injury blocking a shot last Thursday against Rimouski.
- Saint John is averaging 4,342 fans per game this season at Harbour Station. It is the third highest average in the league.
- Danick Gauthier is second in the league in goals with 40.
- Zack Phillips is ninth in assists with 44.
- Matthew Boudreau is second in power play goals with 16.
- Nathan MacKinnon is fifth in power play assists with 21.
- Gauthier is third in game-winning goals with seven.
- Gauthier is second in insurance goals with five. Tomas Jurco and MacKinnon each have four.
- Brent Andrews is sixth in shorthanded goals with three. Ryan Tesink is ninth with two.
- Ian Saab is second in penalty minutes with 150.
- Jurco, Phillips, and Charles Roussel are all a league best +41.
- MacKinnon is second in rookie points with 65.
- Saint John has won six straight at home.
- Halifax has won two straight on the road.
There are no other games tonight.
The Sea Dogs travel to Moncton to face the Wildcats on Saturday at 7pm.