Saint John Sea Dogs vs Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Tonight at 7:00pm
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Centre 200 – Sydney, NS
SYDNEY, NS – With Rhoda’s Christmas fair thing taking over Harbour Station this weekend, the Saint John Sea Dogs will once again be headed out on the road.
The Sea Dogs begin their trip this evening in Cape Breton with a 7pm contest against the Screaming Eagles. Saint John will also play Bathurst on Sunday, wrapping up what will be a stretch of five straight road games.
It should be an interesting weekend. The Sea Dogs currently have a 10-11-0-0 record and sit fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 14th overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. They are just three points ahead of the Screaming Eagles and two points back of the Titan.
Tonight’s opponent, Cape Breton, enters play with a 6-11-2-3 record and sit sixth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 15th overall in the QMJHL. They are 4-5-0-1 in their last 10 games and are coming off a 5-3 victory over the PEI Rocket where they fired 44 shots on goal.
Alexandre Lavoie and William Carrier continue to lead this club offensively. Lavoie has 37 points (15G, 22A) in 22 games while Carrier has 35 (14G, 21A) in 22 matches.
The Eagles might have a bit of a different look compared to the last time Saint John faced them. They acquired import Jakub Culek from the Rimouski Oceanic on Tuesday. Also, goaltender David Honzik, who has been a Sea Dogs killer in his QMJHL career, is back playing after missing the first few months of the season with an injury.
The Sea Dogs will be looking to get in the win column tonight after an ugly to end to their three-in-three road trip through Quebec. After posting an 8-4 win in Sherbrooke last Friday, Saint John dropped a Saturday decision to Drummondville, 6-2, and a Sunday game to Blainville-Boisbriand, 8-1.
Captain Jonathan Huberdeau still leads Saint John in scoring with 12 goals and 17 assists in 21 games this season.
|Cape Breton||Saint John|
|Record||6-11-2-3 (6th Maritimes)||10-11-0-0 (5th Maritimes)|
|Goals For/Game||2.83 (16th)||2.96 (14th)|
|Goals Against/Game||4.35 (15th)||3.94 (14th)|
|Shots For/Game||25.35 (16th)||28.92 (12th)|
|Shots Against/Game||34.10 (16th)||32.44 (13th)|
|Overall PP||15.4% (16th)||21.8% (10th)|
|Home PP||18.2% (15th)||29.3% (6th)|
|Road PP||13.3% (16th)||13.5% (15th)|
|Overall PK||74.2% (14th)||75.8% (11th)|
|Home PK||74.3% (16th)||77.8% (14th)|
|Road PK||74.1% (10th)||74.1% (11th)|
The Sea Dogs are coming off an 8-1 loss to the Armada in Blainville-Boisbriand on Sunday. Ryan Tesink scored Saint John’s only goal. Netminder Sebastien Auger made 35 saves in the loss. The Dogs were outshot 43-18 in the game.
The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 5-3 win over the PEI Rocket on Wednesday night at Centre 200. Alexnadre Lavoie scored twice while singles came from William Carrier, Brett Malone, and Clark Bishop. The legendary David Honzik made 17 saves for the Eagles.
The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 0-1-0-0 against Saint John.
Their only previous meeting this season came on November 2 at Centre 200 when the Sea Dogs defeated the Screaming Eagles 6-2. Jakub Izacky, Stephen MacAulay, Marcus Cuomo, Ryan Tesink, Kevin Gagne, Michael Mastrangelo scored for Saint John while Cape Breton had goals from Alexandre Lavoie and William Carrier. Philippe Trudeau and Alex Bureau combined to allow six goals on 32 shots in the loss. Sebastien Auger made 23 saves in the win.
According to today’s Telegraph-Journal, “Saint John will be missing rookie rearguard Jurij Repe (upper body) for Friday’s game and Sunday’s battle against Acadie-Bathurst, a 4 p.m. faceoff at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre. Overage blue-liner Jason Seed (lower body) could also miss this weekend’s tilts.”
BLACK AND YELLOW
- The Cape Breton Post has a preview of tonight’s game with comments from Ron Choules.
- Alexandre Lavoie is 11th in the league in goals with 15.
- Lavoie is third in assists with 22.
- Stephen MacAulay is second in power play goals with nine.
- Jonathan Huberdeau is seventh in power play assists with 10.
- Charles Guevremont is seventh in shorthanded goals with two.
- MacAulay is second in first goals with three.
- William Carrier is third in the league in total shots with 100.
- Ryan Tesink is on a seven-game goal scoring streak.
- These teams meet again next Saturday at Harbour Station.
OUT OF TOWN
Rouyn-Noranda at Halifax - 7:00 PM AST
Val-d'Or at Moncton - 7:00 PM AST
Acadie-Bathurst at P.E.I. - 7:00 PM AST
Gatineau at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Drummondville at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EST
Rimouski at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EST
Quebec at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EST
The Sea Dogs are in Bathurst on Sunday afternoon to battle the Titan.