Saint John Sea Dogs vs Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Tonight at 5:00pm
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Henry Leonard Centre – Baie-Comeau, Que.
BAIE-COMEAU, Que. – It’s been a solid road trip so far for the Saint John Sea Dogs and it comes to an end today. The Sea Dogs travel to Baie-Comeau to take on the Drakkar at 5:00pm in the third game of their three-game trip.
The Sea Dogs defeated the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4-3 in a shootout last night. Jonathan Huberdeau, Jakub Izacky, and Jason Seed all scored in regulation for Saint John. Before that contest, the Dogs played well in a 5-2 loss in Quebec City against the Remparts.
Saint John is now 6-6-0-0 on the season, good for fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 12 overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Sea Dogs are also 3-3-0-0 on the road this year.
The Dogs are led by Jonathan Huberdeau who has 10 goals and eight assists in 12 matches. His 18 points place him 14th overall in league scoring.
Baie-Comeau enters action tonight with a record of 6-4-0-1 and sit fifth in the Telus East Division and 11th overall in the QMJHL. The Drakkar are 2-0-0-1 in their last three games.
Rookie Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau leads the Drakkar in scoring with four goals and six assists in 11 games.
This will be the first time these two teams have met since last season’s quarter-final playoff series. Saint John defeated Baie-Comeau in four straight to move on. The most memorable moment from the series was the Drakkar fans who continuously threw garbage on the ice. We'll see how those fans behave today.THE NUMBERS
|Record||6-4-0-1 (5th East)||6-6-0-0 (4th Maritimes)|
|Goals For/Game||3.31 (8th)||2.78 (16th)|
|Goals Against/Game||3.58 (12th)||3.93 (15th)|
|Shots For/Game||34.39 (2nd)||29.12 (12th)|
|Shots Against/Game||26.69 (5th)||33.78 (16th)|
|Overall PP||13.0% (15th)||22.1% (7th)|
|Home PP||17.9% (13th)||32.4% (3rd)|
|Road PP||7.7% (18th)||9.7% (16th)|
|Overall PK||85.4% (4th)||81.1% (10th)|
|Home PK||88.9% (2nd)||73.1% (16th)|
|Road PK||83.3% (6th)||88.9% (1st)|
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-3 shootout victory over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens last night. Jonathan Huberdeau, Jason Seed, and Jakub Izacky each scored in regulation. Huberdeau scored the lone shootout goal. Sebastien Auger made 31 saves in the win.
The Drakkar are coming off a 5-4 shootout victory over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada last night. Felix Girard, Petr Straka, Raphael Bussieres, and Frederic Gamelin each scored in regulation time for Baie-Comeau. Philippe Cadorette made 28 saves in the victory.
The Sea Dogs went 3-0-0-0 against the Drakkar in the regular season last year while Baie-Comeau went 0-3-0-0 against Saint John. These two met in the second round of last year’s playoffs with the Sea Dogs winning in four straight.
The last time these two met was on April 4 for Game 4 of the quarter-final series where Saint John won 5-3. Jonathan Huberdeau and Ryan Tesink each had two goals in the game while Charlie Coyle had the other. Baie-Comeau had goals came from David Rose, Lukas Cingel, and Raphael Bussieres. Mathieu Corbeil made 20 saves for Saint John and Philippe Cadorette made 40 for Baie-Comeau.
KELLY VS VEILLEUX
Mike Kelly will be behind the Sea Dogs bench today and Eric Veilleux will be behind the Drakkar bench. They didn’t like each other at the Memorial Cup. 2:30 of this video.
- The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended Gabriel Verpaelst of the Baie Comeau Drakkar for five games yesterday. The decision was taken following an incident that occurred on October 17 against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
- The Sea Dogs are 3-1-0-0 when scoring first this season.
- Stephen MacAulay is second in the league in power play goals with six.
- Kevin Gagne and Jonathan Huberdeau are both tied for the league lead in power play assists with seven.
OUT OF TOWN
Blainville-Boisbriand at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EDT
Sherbrooke at P.E.I. - 7:00 PM ADT
Gatineau at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:00 PM EDT
The Sea Dogs host the PEI Rocket this Friday at Harbour Station for the annual “Pink in the Rink” game.