Saturday, February 25, 2012

GAMEDAY 59: at Moncton

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Moncton Wildcats
Tonight at 7pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live Blog: SN
Moncton Coliseum – Moncton, NB

MONCTON – Tonight, the Saint John Sea Dogs make their final regular season visit to the Moncton Coliseum for the year. The Sea Dogs and Wildcats faceoff against each other this evening at 7pm.

The Wildcats currently lead the Rivalry Cup standings 16.5-14.5 with two matches remaining.

The Sea Dogs enter play tonight on a 12-game winning streak. They have not lost since January 12 when they fell 4-1 against Shawinigan. In the standings, Saint John has a record of 42-14-0-2 for 86 points with 10 games to play. They sit one-point back of the Cataractes but have played one less game.

Saint John is 18-9-0-1 on the road this year and have outscored opponents 109-83.

The Wildcats enter action tonight with a record of 27-25-3-2 and sit third in the Maritimes Division and ninth overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Moncton is part of a log jam in the middle of the standings where six points separate the ninth and 14th placed teams.

Moncton is 5-5-0-0 in their last 10 games.

At home this season, the Wildcats are 16-9-3-0 and have outscored opponents 84-74.

The Sea Dogs and Wildcats meet again on Tuesday night at Harbour Station.


Saint JohnMoncton
Record42-14-0-2 (1st Maritimes)27-25-3-2 (3rd Maritimes)
Home Record- - -16-9-3-0
Road Record18-9-0-1- - -
Last 1010-0-0-05-5-0-0
Goals For246160
Goals Against156179
Overall PP22.4% (8th)25.9% (4th)
Home PP- - -26.7% (3rd)
Road PP21.6% (10th)- - -
Overall PK79.3% (6th)83.5% (3rd)
Home PK- - -87% (2nd)
Road PK75.2% (12th)- - -
PIM/GAME16.6 (5th)14.6 (14th)

The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-3 victory over the Halifax Mooseheads on Tuesday night at Harbour Station. Charlie Coyle, Zack Phillips, Jonathan Huberdeau and Charles Roussel all had goals for Saint John. Huberdeau and Nathan Beaulieu each had three assists. Sebastien Auger made 20 saves in net for the win.

The Wildcats are coming off a 2-0 loss to the Quebec Remparts last Saturday at the Moncton Coliseum. Roman Will allowed one goal on 30 shots.

The Sea Dogs are 4-2-0-0 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 2-2-1-1 against Saint John.

The last game between the two was on January 26 at Harbour Station. Tomas Jurco scored with nine seconds left in regulation to give Saint John a 1-0 victory. Mathieu Corbeil made 20 saves for the victory while Roman Will stopped 45 shots in the loss.

Saint John is led by Zack Phillips who has 73 points (28G, 45A) in 51 games this year. Danick Gauthier has a team high 40 goals while Phillips leads the team in assists with 45.

Alex Saulnier leads the Wildcats in scoring with 72 points (28G, 44A) in 49 games this season. His 28 goals and 44 assists are both a team high.

Mathieu Corbeil (32-9-0-0, 2.29 GAA, 0.914 SV%) for Saint John and Roman Will (26-19-3-2, 2.58 GAA, 0.915 SV%) for Moncton.

The Wildcats will be without Patrick Delisle-Houde this evening. He was suspended five games by the QMJHL because of a hit in last Saturday’s game against Quebec.

Delisle-Houde is fourth in Wildcats scoring with 14 goals and 37 points in 57 games this year.

  • The Wildcats are averaging 4,003 fans per game this season, good for fourth in the league.
  • Danick Gauthier is second in the league in goals with 40.
  • Zack Phillips is eighth in assists with 45. Alex Saulnier is 11th with 44.
  • Alex Saulnier is eighth in power play goals with 11.
  • Alex Saulnier is second in power play assists with 28.
  • Gauthier is third in game-winning goals with seven.
  • Alex Saulnier is seventh in first goals with six. Phillips also has six.
  • Gauthier is second in insurance goals with five.
  • Ian Saab is second in penalty minutes with 150.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau has a league high five shorthanded assists.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (SNB) - His next pass will allow him to beat the lifetime record for passes by a Sea Dogs defenseman (109) which he currently shares with Simon Despr├ęs.
  • Saint John has won six straight on the road.

Shawinigan at Halifax - 2:00 PM AST
Baie-Comeau at Rimouski - 4:00 PM EST
Cape Breton at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:00 PM AST
Drummondville at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:00 PM EST
P.E.I. at Val-d'Or - 7:00 PM EST

The Sea Dogs host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles tomorrow afternoon at 3pm at Harbour Station.

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