Saint John Sea Dogs vs Quebec Remparts
Tonight at 8:00pm
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Colisee Pepsi – Quebec City, Quebec
QUEBEC CITY – The Saint John Sea Dogs are in for a tough test tonight.
The Sea Dogs begin their first Quebec road swing of the season this evening, taking on the Quebec Remparts – one of the league’s best teams – at 8pm at Colisee Pepsi.
Quebec is off to a solid 8-1-0-0 start and sits first in the Telus East Division and third overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. They’ve outscored opponents 42-17. Their 42 goals in the third most scored by any team in the circuit.
To make things even tougher on Saint John, the Remparts are a perfect 5-0 at home this season and have outscored opponents 29-11. The Colisee is always a tough building to play in especially for a team with a lot of young and inexperienced players like the Sea Dogs.
The Remparts have an impressive lineup headlined by Mikhail Grigorenko, the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. The Russian forward leads the Remparts in scoring with eight goals and 12 assists in just nine games. Logan Shaw, Adam Erne, and Nick Sorensen are also among the team leaders in point production. Like Saint John last year, Quebec’s lineup is like an all-star team.
Saint John will certainly have their hands full tonight. The Dogs have struggled over the past few games and haven’t won in regulation time since September 30 in Moncton. Saint John’s defense has been an issue of late, giving up 31 goals over the past five games.
The Sea Dogs enter action this evening with 5-5-0-0 record and sit fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 12th overall in the QMJHL. They’ve scored 28 goals this season while giving up 40. The Dogs are 2-2-0-0 away from Harbour Station.
Saint John continues to be led by Captain Jonathan Huberdeau who has eight goals and seven assists in 10 games.THE NUMBERS
|Record||8-1-0-0 (3rd East)||5-5-0-0 (4th Maritimes)|
|Goals For/Game||4.64 (2nd)||2.76 (14th)|
|Goals Against/Game||1.88 (1st)||3.94 (15th)|
|Shots For/Game||31.15 (9th)||28.99 (12th)|
|Shots Against/Game||25.96 (4th)||34.31 (15th)|
|Overall PP||35.7% (1st)||21.7% (7th)|
|Home PP||38.5% (1st)||32.4% (3rd)|
|Road PP||31.2% (1st)||4.3% (18th)|
|Overall PK||82.5% (9th)||79.5% (13th)|
|Home PK||83.3% (12th)||73.1% (16th)|
|Road PK||81.2% (8th)||88.9% (2nd)|
The Sea Dogs are coming off a Saturday night 7-1 loss to the Val-d’Or Foreurs on home ice. Stephen MacAulay had Saint John’s lone goal which came on the power play. Alex Fournier made the start in net but was pulled after the first after allowing four goals on 13 shots. Sebastien Auger allowed three goals on 24 shots in relief.
The Remparts are coming off a 4-1 victory in Gatineau on Friday. Mikhail Grigorenko had two goals while Adam Erne and Nick Sorensen added singles. Francois Brassard made 18 saves in net for the win.
Saint John went 2-1-0-0 against Quebec last season while the Remparts went 1-2-0-0 against the Sea Dogs.
The last time they met was on February 17 at Harbour Station with Saint John winning 4-1. Tomas Jurco, Danick Gauthier, Maxime Villemaire, and Stanislav Galiev each had goals for the Dogs. Jonathan Huberdeau registered three assists. Mathieu Corbeil made 25 saves in net for the win. For the Remparts, Anthony Duclair scored their lone goal. Francois Brassard was pulled after giving up three goals on 12 shots. Louis Domingue made 25 saves in relief.
- The Sea Dogs will play in Chicoutimi on Friday and finish off their road trip on Saturday in Baie-Comeau.
- Mikhail Grigorenko is fourth in league scoring with 20 points.
- Grigorenko’s 12 goals place him second in the league.
- Stephen MacAulay is second in power play goals with six.
- Martin Lefebvre leads the league in power play assists with seven.
- Nick Sorensen is fourth in rookie scoring with 11 points.
- The Remparts need to sort out their import situation soon.
Sherbrooke at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM ADT
Acadie-Bathurst at Moncton - 7:00 PM ADT
Halifax at P.E.I. - 7:00 PM ADT
Blainville-Boisbriand at Rimouski - 7:00 PM EDT
Chicoutimi at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EDT
Shawinigan at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EDT
The Sea Dogs head to Chicoutimi to take on the Sagueneens on Friday night.