Sunday, November 4, 2012

GAMEDAY 18 - vs Cataractes

GAMEDAY
Shawinigan Cataractes vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Today at 3:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
PREVIEW
SAINT JOHN – A few months sure can change things in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

It was just last May that the Saint John Sea Dogs and Shawinigan Cataractes were playing in the MasterCard Memorial Cup semi-final. Now, both teams are sitting in the lower half of the standings and have drastically different rosters.

Saint John and Shawinigan meet for the first time this season today at 3pm at Harbour Station.

These two franchises hated each other last year thanks to all the off-ice drama and the fact that they were battling for first place for most of the season. Only a few players remain on each team from last year so it’s hard to say how much hate will carry over. But, it’s probably safe to say neither fan base has forgotten the events on 2011-12.

Both teams now find themselves rebuilding (or “transitioning” as Mike Kelly calls it). Shawinigan’s rebuild is off to a much rougher start than Saint John’s. The Cats enter action today with a 2-13-1-1 record and sit dead last in the overall standings. They are 0-11-1-0 over their past 12 games. They’ve scored just 30 goals this season.

The Cats are on a big time road through the Maritimes. They played Tuesday in Cape Breton, Thursday in PEI, Friday in Moncton, and today in Saint John.

Shawinigan has only a few returning players thanks to trades at the draft and graduation. Frederick Gaudreau leads the team in scoring with 14 points in 17 games.

Saint John sits fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 12th overall in the QMJHL with a record of 9-8-0-0. They are 5-5-0-0 in their last 10 games.

Jonathan Huberdeau still leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 22 points in 17 games.

Saint John hits the road next weekend for a three-in-three in Quebec.

THE NUMBERS
ShawiniganSaint John
Record2-13-1-1 (6th East)9-8-0-0 (4th Maritimes)
Home Record1-6-1-15-4-0-0
Road Record1-7-0-04-4-0-0
Goals For/Game1.75 (18th)2.89 (13th)
Goals Against/Game4.61 (17th)3.64 (13th)
Shots For/Game24.06 (17th)29.24 (11th)
Shots Against/Game35.92 (17th)31.79 (12th)
Overall PP16.7% (13th)21.3% (9th)
Home PP19.1% (13th)29.6% (4th)
Road PP14.0% (15th)8.6% (18th)
Overall PK73.6% (18th)80.0% (9th)
Home PK80.9% (13th)78.0% (14th)
Road PK65.0% (17th)82.1% (5th)
PIM/GAME16.616.0
Attendance3,1953,684

LEADING SCORERS
Shawinigan
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Frederick Gaudreau1731114
Peter Sakaris166410
Dylan Labbe17279

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jonathan Huberdeau17101222
Ryan Tesink157916
Stephen MacAulay138715

GOALTENDERS
Shawinigan
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Marvin Cupper2-10-1-14.010.888
Chase Gaudet0-3-0-06.390.826

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger9-6-0-02.890.908
Alex Fournier0-2-0-08.500.754

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-2 victory over the Screaming Eagles in Cape Breton on Friday. Stephen MacAulay, Ryan Tesink, Michael Mastrangelo, Marcus Cuomo, Kevin Gagne, and Jakub Izacky all scored for Saint John. Sebastien Auger made 23 saves in net.


The Cataractes are coming off an 11-2 loss to Moncton Wildcats on Friday. JC Campagna and Emeric Hudon each scored. Chase Gaudet played the entire game, allowing 11 goals on 51 shots.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Sea Dogs went 2-2-0-0 against the Cataractes last season while Shawinigan went 2-1-1-0 against Saint John.

The last time these met was in the Memorial Cup semi-final. Shawinigan won the game 7-4 and advanced to the final thanks to a pair of goals from Michael Chaput and solo markers from Yannick Veilleux, Brandon Gormley, Pierre-Olivier Morin, Loik Poudrier, and Michael Bournival. Saint John had goals from Zack Phillips, Jonathan Huberdeau, and two from Tomas Jurco. Gabriel Girard made 24 saves in the win while Mathieu Corbeil made 30 in the loss.


NOTES

  • It’s Support Our Troops Day and CAA Family Fun Day today at Harbour Station.
  • This is Saint John’s last home game until November 24.
  • Stephen MacAulay is second in the league in power play goals with seven.
  • Kevin Gagne is fifth in power play assists with five.

OUT OF TOWN
Blainville-Boisbriand at Acadie-Bathurst - 4:00 PM AST
Drummondville at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Gatineau - 4:00 PM EST
Halifax at Rimouski - 4:00 PM EST

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs travel to Sherbrooke on Friday to take on the Phoenix for the first time.

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