Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sea Dogs Notebook

After almost a week off, the Saint John Sea Dogs return to action tomorrow night against the PEI Rocket. Game time is 7:30pm at Harbour Station.

Tomorrow’s game is the annual “Pink in the Rink” night where the Sea Dogs will be wearing pink jerseys in support of breast cancer research. The jerseys will be raffled off after the game. Tickets for the raffle are available now in the Sea Dogs office and are $5.00 each, 3-for-$10 or 10-for-$20. They are available in the Sea Dogs office, by calling 657-DOGS (3647) or via email:

The Rocket are off to a surprisingly good start (10-4-0-0) so tomorrow’s game should be a good one... hopefully.

On Sunday, the Sea Dogs host the Chicoutimi Sagueneens at 3pm. The Sags and Dogs met last Friday with Saint John winning 4-3 in a shootout.

After 13 games, captain Jonathan Huberdeau is still leading the way for Saint John offensively. He has a team high 10 goals and 18 points in 13 contests. Ryan Tesink is second with 13 points in 13 matches.

In net, Sebastien Auger’s numbers have come back down to earth a bit but he is still near the top half of the league in goals against average (11th – 3.12) and save percentage (9th – 0.906).

Turns out former Sea Dogs forward Tomas Jurco just missed the cut for Hockey’s Future latest Top 50 prospect list.

“In Jurco's case, the talented lineup in Saint John of the QMJHL has made it difficult to make an accurate assessment of his skill level,” writes HF. “A slick puckhandler with top-six upside, he will have a chance to step out from the shadow of the vaunted Sea Dogs offense as he makes his pro debut with Grand Rapids in 2012-13. Improving his defensive game and play away from the puck will be essential to Jurco's success with the Detroit organization.”

Jurco has one goal in four games with the Griffins this season.

The Sea Dogs are helping out with a coaching development thing on November 24. The details on that can be found here.

If you missed the Marcus Cuomo article in today’s Telegraph-Journal, the St. John’s Privateers Major Midget Hockey Club website has the whole thing.

Hockey Wilderness has a great article on the Houston Aeros who, of course, feature Charlie Coyle and Zack Phillips.

"He's got a big body, he's strong, and he is smart," said Aeros head coach John Torchetti. "He just keeps his game really simple, and you wouldn't even know he is on our team because he doesn't say much. But he just goes about his business. He understands wall play and down low he is tough to get the puck off because of his size."

Coyle has two goals and an assist in five AHL games while Phillips has a goal and assist in four games.

The Montreal Gazette had an article on the Hamilton Bulldogs today.

"(Nathan) Beaulieu has been working hard and he wants to learn," Bulldogs head coach Sylvain Lefebvre said.

Beaulieu has been held pointless in his first four AHL games.

Sea Dogs goaltender Alex Fournier got some new gear apparently. He tweeted this picture today.

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