Friday, November 9, 2012

GAMEDAY 19 - at Sherbrooke

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Sherbrooke Phoenix
Tonight at 8:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @SeaDogsLive
Palais des Sports LĂ©opold-Drolet – Sherbrooke, Que.
SHERBROOKE, Que. – A three-in-three Quebec road trip begins tonight for the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Sea Dogs open up their weekend trip tonight with their first ever matchup with the expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix. Game time this evening at the Palais des Sports is 8pm.

Playing the expansion Phoenix, who sit last overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League standings, might be just what the Sea Dogs need to kick off this road trip on a positive note. Saint John has been struggling with consistency of late and are coming off a disappointing home loss to the lowly Shawinigan Cataractes last Sunday.

The Sea Dogs are 5-5-0-0 in their last 10 games. Overall, they have a 9-9-0-0 record and sit fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 13th overall in the QMJHL.

Saint John continues to be led by Captain Jonathan Huberdeau who has 11 goals and 12 assists in 18 games this season.

The Phoenix got off to a terrible start but have been slowly improving as the season moves along. Sherbrooke didn’t record their first win until October 10. They are 2-7-1-0 over the past 10 games but still sit last in the league with a 3-14-1-1 record.

Being an expansion team, the Phoenix have plenty of familiar names on their roster thanks to the expansion draft and other trades. They include Jacob Gervais-Chouinard, Brent Turnbull, Michael McNamee, and Alexandre Comtois to name a few. Their lineup also features Daniel Audette who was the first overall pick in the QMJHL Entry Draft. He has two goals and three assists in 15 games.

McNamee and Cole Hawes each lead the Phoenix in points with 18. McNamee leads the team in goals with eight while Hawes leads the club in assists with 12.

Following tonight’s game, Saint John’s schedule takes them to Drummondville for an 8pm contest tomorrow night. Their trip ends on Sunday in Blainville-Boisbriand.

SherbrookeSaint John
Record3-14-1-1 (6th West)9-9-0-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record2-5-1-15-5-0-0
Road Record1-9-0-04-4-0-0
Goals For/Game2.34 (17th)2.84 (14th)
Goals Against/Game4.67 (18th)3.61 (13th)
Shots For/Game24.29 (16th)29.12 (11th)
Shots Against/Game33.79 (15th)31.52 (12th)
Overall PP13.2% (17th)21.5% (8th)
Home PP12.5% (16th)29.3% (5th)
Road PP14.0% (15th)8.6% (17th)
Overall PK76.1% (15th)79.8% (10th)
Home PK72.5% (18th)77.8% (15th)
Road PK79.2% (5th)82.1% (4th)

Michael McNamee1981018
Cole Hawes1861218
Alexandre Comtois196410

Saint John
Jonathan Huberdeau18111223
Ryan Tesink1681018
Stephen MacAulay148816

Jacib Gervais-Chouinard2-9-0-05.030.845
Jack Flinn1-5-1-13.960.890

Saint John
Sebastien Auger9-7-0-02.830.910
Alex Fournier0-2-0-08.140.750

The Sea Dogs are coming off a disappointing 3-2 loss to Shawinigan Cataractes on Sunday afternoon at Harbour Station. Jonathan Huberdeau and Ryan Tesink scored Saint John’s only goals. Alex Fournier was pulled after allowing two goals on seven shots in the first period. Sebastien Auger made 19 saves in relief.

The Phoenix are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Olympiques last Friday in Gatineau. Michael McNamee, Brandon Lesway, Jeremy Beaudry, and Jean-Christophe Laflamme all had goals in the loss. Jacob Gervais-Chouinard was pulled after allowing three goals on four shots. Jack Flinn made 23 saves in relief.

The Sea Dogs and Phoenix meet for the first time tonight. History and stuff!

Sherbrooke selected Marc Biega and Ryan Segella in the expansion draft from Saint John. According to Elite Prospects, Biega is playing in the BCHL this season while Segalla has a commitment to the University of Connecticut.

How did we not know this video existed?

  • Stephen MacAulay is second in the league in power play goals with seven.
  • Kevin Gagne is third in power play assists with nine.
  • Alexandre Comtois is seventh in shorthanded goals with two.
  • Vincent Richer is fifth in penalty minutes with 52.
  • Oliver Cooper remains the only player in the league with two overtime goals.
  • The Phoenix have one of the best websites in the league. Real solid.
  • According to Wikipedia, the Palais des Sports hosted handball games during the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
  • Every Maritime team is on a Quebec road trip this weekend.

Halifax at Gatineau - 7:00 PM EST
P.E.I. at Quebec - 7:00 PM EST
Cape Breton at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EST
Moncton at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EST
Chicoutimi at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EST
Baie-Comeau at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EST
Acadie-Bathurst at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EST

The Halifax-Gatineau game is on Sportsnet.

The Sea Dogs travel to Drummondville and take on the Voltigeurs tomorrow night at 8pm.

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