Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Saint John Sea Dogs vs PEI Rocket
Tonight at 7:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live Blog: SN
Charlottetown Civic Centre – Charlottetown, PEI.
CHARLOTTETOWN – Everything was going pretty well for the Saint John Sea Dogs. Then Saturday’s game happened.

The Sea Dogs, coming off a hard fought 4-3 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads on home ice the night before, were throttled by the Herd. Saint John fired just 17 shots on goal in the 11-2 loss. Halifax led 4-0 after one and 7-0 after two.

Nothing went right for the Sea Dogs on Saturday. Tonight, they will try to get the train back on the tracks when they face the PEI Islanders Rocket at 7pm at the Charlottetown Civic Centre.

The Rocket are off to a solid start this season, currently sitting sixth overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with a 5-2-0-0 record. They’ve outscored opponents 30-25 and are coming off back-to-back road wins.

PEI is led by veterans Josh Currie and Ben Duffy who each have 12 points. Currie leads the squad in goals with eight while Duffy leads the team in assists with nine.

The Sea Dogs are coming off back-to-back loses. They currently sit 10th overall in the league with a 4-3-0-0 record. They’ve allowed 15 goals over the past two games and have been outscored 24-21 on the season.

Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Dogs in scoring with 12 points in seven games. Rocket head coach Gordie Dwyer told The Guardian newspaper today that the Florida Panthers prospect is “the best player in our league.”

PEI and Saint John have not met yet this season but they did meet twice during the pre-season. Each team won one game apiece.

This is the first game of a busy stretch for Saint John. They host Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d’Or on the weekend before hitting the road for Quebec where they will play three games in four nights beginning next Wednesday in Quebec City.

PEISaint John
Record5-2-0-0 (2nd Maritimes)4-3-0-0 (4th Maritimes)
Home Record2-1-0-02-2-0-0
Road Record3-1-0-02-1-0-0
Goals For/Game4.24 (4th)2.98 (12th)
Goals Against/Game3.53 (12th)3.40 (11th)
Shots For/Game28.09 (12th)28.90 (11th)
Shots Against/Game29.36 (9th)34.85 (16th)
Overall PP18.9% (6th)18.2% (10th)
Home PP21.4% (10th)28.0% (4th)
Road PP17.4% (8th)5.3% (15th)
Overall PK87.5% (4th)79.4% (12th)
Home PK89.5% (6th)72.2% (17th)
Road PK85.7% (4th)87.5% (3rd)

Josh Currie78412
Ben Duffy73912
Alex Micallef7257

Saint John
Jonathan Huberdeau78412
Ryan Tesink74610
Olivier Leblanc7145

Maxime Lagace2-2-0-05.000.833
Antoine Bibeau3-0-0-01.390.951

Saint John
Sebastien Auger4-3-0-02.670.923
Alex Fournier0-0-0-010.500.731

The Sea Dogs are coming off a disastrous 11-2 loss in Halifax on Saturday night. Jonathan Huberdeau scored both Saint John goals. Sebastien Auger was pulled after the first period, allowing four goals on 12 shots. Alex Fournier played the rest of the game in net, allowing seven goals on 26 shots.

The Rocket are coming off a 5-4 shootout win over the Phoenix in Sherbrooke on Sunday. Jimmy Oligny, Victor Provencher, Matej Beran, and Alexis Pepin scored for PEI in regulation time. Pepin and Ben Duffy each scored in the shootout. Maxime Lagace allowed four goals on 17 shots before getting yanked and replaced by Antoine Bibeau. Bibeau made 10 saves in relief.

These teams met twice during the pre-season with each squad winning one game.

The Sea Dogs went 7-0-0-1 against PEI last season while the Rocket went 1-7-0-0 against Saint John.

Their last regular season meeting was on March 2 at Harbour Station when the Rocket fired just 15 shots on net in an 8-1 loss. Jonathan Huberdeau had four goals, Stephen MacAulay two, and Zack Phillips and Stanislav Galiev each had one marker. Mathieu Corbeil made 14 saves for the win while Maxime Lagace allowed eight goals on 41 shots. Louick Marcotte scored PEI’s goal.

  • Jonathan Huberdeau is on a six-game goal scoring streak and a seven-game point streak.
  • Josh Currie and Huberdeau are third in the league in goals with eight.
  • Ben Duffy is fifth in the league in assists with nine.
  • Huberdeau is fifth in power play goals with three.
  • Victor Provencher has served a league high 34 penalty minutes.

Val-d'Or at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM ADT
Moncton at Halifax - 7:00 PM ADT
Rouyn-Noranda at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:30 PM ADT
Drummondville at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EDT
Baie-Comeau at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EDT

The Sea Dogs host the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Friday night at 7:30pm at Harbour Station.

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