Rouyn-Noranda Huskies vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7:30pm
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Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs could really use a win tonight.
The reigning Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions have lost three straight games going into tonight’s contest against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, dropping them to 4-4-0-0 and meaning a loss this evening would give them a losing record.
Saint John hosts Rouyn-Noranda tonight at 7:30pm at Harbour Station.
The Sea Dogs lost back-to-back games against the Halifax Mooseheads last weekend before being shutout by the PEI Rocket on Wednesday night in Charlottetown. Saint John has been outscored 19-5 over the past three games. That’s not good.
The good news for Saint John is that veteran defenseman Kevin Gagne and forward Stephen MacAulay have returned to the Sea Dogs from the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Both played in Wednesday’s game, arriving just in time. If the Sea Dogs are going to successful this season, they’ll be a huge part of it.
The Dogs are led by Jonathan Huberdeau who has 12 points. He saw his seven-game point streak and six-game goal streak come to an end on Wednesday.
As for the Huskies, they are off to a solid start. They currently have a 6-2-0-0 record for 12 points and sit second in the Telus West Division behind the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and fifth overall in the league. Rouyn-Noranda has outscored opponents 36-24 on the year.
The Huskies are led by Jean-Sebastien Dea who has been the biggest surprise in the league this season. The 18-year old leads the league in scoring with 14 goals and five assists in just eight games. Dea registered his third hat trick of the season on Wednesday in Bathurst. He had 32 points in 50 games all of last year.
Rouyn-Noranda has a good looking lineup this year with Dea, Sven Andrighetto, Gabriel Desjardins, Robin Gusse, Dillon Fournier, and first round pick Cody Donaghey.
After tonight’s game, the Sea Dogs host the Val-d’Or Foreurs tomorrow night before hitting the road for their first Quebec road trip of the year.THE NUMBERS
|Record||6-2-0-0 (2nd West)||4-4-0-0 (4th Maritimes)|
|Goals For/Game||4.45 (3rd)||2.61 (14th)|
|Goals Against/Game||2.97 (6th)||3.47 (12th)|
|Shots For/Game||28.21 (12th)||28.04 (13th)|
|Shots Against/Game||28.58 (9th)||34.62 (16th)|
|Overall PP||25.0% (3rd)||16.7% (12th)|
|Home PP||23.1% (9th)||28.0% (4th)|
|Road PP||27.8% (2nd)||4.3% (17th)|
|Overall PK||86.8% (3rd)||80.6% (12th)|
|Home PK||83.3% (11th)||72.2% (17th)|
|Road PK||88.6% (3rd)||88.9% (2nd)|
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-0 loss to the PEI Rocket on Wednesday night in Charlottetown. Goaltender Sebastien Auger allowed four goals on 33 shots in the loss.
The Huskies are coming off a 5-4 win in Bathurst on Wednesday night. Jean-Sebastien Dea had a hat trick in that game while Maxime St-Cyr and Gabriel Desjardins added singles. Sven Andrighetto recorded four assists. Robin Gusse made 35 saves in the win.
The Sea Dogs went 2-0-0-0 against the Huskies last season while Rouyn-Noranda went 0-2-0-0 against Saint John.
The last time these two met was way back on November 16, 2011 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs edged the Huskies 4-3. Zack Phillips had two goals for Saint John while Danick Gauthier and Charles-Olivier Rouessl added solo markers. Mathieu Brisebois had two goals for Rouyn-Noranda while Mathieu Lemay scored the other. Mathieu Corbeil made 27 saves in the win. Robin Gusse made 25 in the loss.
- The Huskies are a perfect 4-0-0-0 on the road this season.
- Rouyn-Noranda is playing four games in five nights on this epic road trip through the Maritimes. They played Bathurst Wednesday, Saint John tonight, PEI tomorrow, and Moncton on Sunday. These are the only road games they will play all month.
- Jean-Sebastien Dea’s 14 goals are a league high.
- Sven Andrighetto leads the league in assists with 12.
- Dea has seven power play goals and two shorthanded goals.
- The real event of the evening will take place during an intermission when 97.3 The Wave gives away a trip to see Justin Bieber live in concert. O.M.G.
- On Sportsnet One tonight, the Calgary Hitmen take on the Edmonton Oil Kings at 10:30pm.
OUT OF TOWN
Val-d'Or at Moncton - 7:00 PM ADT
Acadie-Bathurst at P.E.I. - 7:00 PM ADT
Blainville-Boisbriand at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EDT
Halifax at Drummondville - 7:30 PM EDT
Quebec at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EDT
Baie-Comeau at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EDT
Chicoutimi at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EDT
The Sea Dogs take on the Val-d’Or Foreurs tomorrow night at 7:00pm at Harbour Station.