Friday, September 21, 2012

GAMEDAY 2 - at Bathurst

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Tonight at 7:30pm
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KC Irving Regional Centre – Bathurst, NB
BATHURST, NB – The Acadie-Bathurst Titan spoiled the Saint John Sea Dogs home opener last night. Tonight, the Sea Dogs will look to return the favour.

The Titan defeated the Sea Dogs 3-1 last night at Harbour Station in the first game of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season. This evening Saint John will battle Bathurst at the KC Irving Regional Centre on one of nine games in the circuit. Game time is 7:30pm.

Robert Davis, Raphael Lafontaine, and Brandon Hynes scored for the Titan last night. Jacob Brennan made 26 saves in net for the win. Bathurst’s power play had a strong performance, going 2-for-3.

The Seas Dogs’ lone goal came from Stephen MacAulay, a goal that was setup by fellow veterans Jonathan Huberdeau and Kevin Gagne. Sebastien Auger allowed three goals on 29 shots in the loss. Saint John’s power play couldn’t get much going, scoring just once on six opportunities.

Saint John will look to get some more offense going tonight. The Dogs were outshot 29-27 yesterday.

The Titan hosted the Sea Dogs in their home opener last season as well, a game that saw Saint John suffer one of their worst losses of the season. Auger allowed eight goals on 27 shots in an 8-1 loss. Zach O’Brien had a hat trick in that game.

This is Saint John’s only game of the weekend. They return to action on Wednesday when they host the Moncton Wildcats. The Titan host Cape Breton on Wednesday.

Saint JohnBathurst
Record0-1-0-0 (6th Maritimes)1-0-0-0 (1st Maritimes)
Home Record0-1-0-00-0-0-0
Road Record0-0-0-01-0-0-0
Goals For/Game1.00 (2nd)3.00 (1st)
Goals Against/Game3.00 (18th)1.00 (17th)
Shots For/Game27.00 (2nd)29.00 (1st)
Shots Against/Game29.00 (18th)27.00 (17th)
Overall PP16.7% (2nd)66.7% (1st)
Home PP16.7% (1st)- - -
Road PP- - -66.7% (1st)
Overall PK33.3% (2nd)83.3% (1st)
Home PK33.3% (1st)- - -
Road PK- - -83.3% (1st)
Attendance4,193 (1st)- - -

Robert Davis1101
Brandon Hynes1101
Raphael Lafontaine1101

Saint John
Stephen MacAulay1101
Kevin Gagne1011
Jonathan Huberdeau1011

Jacob Brennan1-0-0-01.000.963
Mason McDonald0-0-0-0- - -- - -

Saint John
Sebastien Auger1-0-0-03.050.897
Alex Fournier0-0-0-0- - -- - -

These two teams met last night at Harbour Station with the Titan winning 3-1. Raphael Lafontaine, Robert Davis, and Brandon Hynes scored for the Titan. Saint John’s lone goal came from Stephen MacAulay.

The Sea Dogs were 4-3-0-1 against the Titan last season while Bathurst went 4-4-0-0 against Saint John.

These two met in pre-season action on August 22 with Bathurst winning 5-2. Marcus Cuomo and Connor Donaghey scored for Saint John. The Titan had goals from Alexandre Gosselin, Patrick Zdrahal, Sean Girard, Robert Davis, and Olivier Houle. Jacob Brennan allowed two goals on 18 shots. Sebastien Auger allowed two goals on 26 shots in half-a-game of action while Alex Fournier allowed three goals on 14 shots.

The last time these two met in regular season action was on March 3 at Harbour Station. Stephen MacAulay, Jonathan Huberdeau, Tomas Jurco, Danick Gauthier, and Nathan Beaulieu all scored as the Sea Dogs beat the Titan 5-2.Christophe Lalancette and Christophe Losier scored for Bathurst. Robert Steeves allowed five goals on 38 shots in the loss while Mathieu Corbeil allowed two on 29 shots in the win.

The Sea Dogs are suffering from the injury bug early this season. They were without defensemen Pierre Durepos (hip) and David Weckworth (knees) and forwards Matthew Highmore (shoulder) and Spencer Smallman (shoulder) last night. Oliver Cooper also left last night’s game in the first period and did not return.

  • The Titan’s home opener has traditionally been one of the most attended games of the year at the KC Irving Regional Centre.
  • After tonight's match, these two don't play each other again until November 18 in Bathurst.
  • That’s all we got.

Every team in the league plays tonight.

Halifax at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM ADT
Moncton at P.E.I. - 7:00 PM ADT
Chicoutimi at Quebec - 7:00 PM EDT
Rimouski at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EDT
Gatineau at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EDT
Blainville-Boisbriand at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EDT
Drummondville at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EDT
Victoriaville at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EDT

The PEI Rocket will unveil their new team name tonight. The Sherbrooke Phoenix also play their first game in the league.

The Sea Dogs host the Moncton Wildcats on Wednesday night at Harbour Station.

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