Sunday, November 18, 2012

GAMEDAY 23 - at Bathurst

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Today at 4:00pm
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KC Irving Regional Centre – Bathurst, NB
BATHURST – Two teams on losing streaks will meet this afternoon at the KC Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst.

The Acadie-Baturst Titan will be looking to end their four game slide when they host the Saint John Sea Dogs, losers of three straight, today at 4pm. Both squads have been having their problems of late with Saint John 4-6-0-0 in their last 10 games and Bathurst 3-7-0-0.

Things are certainly a bit uglier in Bathurst than in Saint John. The Titan, although not President Cup favourites by any means, were expected to have a solid team this year. They are currently a disappointing 9-12-4-0 and sit 13th overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. It’s gotten to the point where owner Leo-Guy Morrissette has called his team out in the media.

Zach O’Brien leads the team in scoring with 35 points this year. His 18 goals are most on the team while his 17 assists are tied for the most with Matthew Bissonnette.

The Titan are fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division with 22 points but have played three more games than Saint John. The Sea Dogs currently have 20 points, making today’s game a key divisional matchup.

The Dogs enter action today with a 10-12-0-0 record and sit 14th in the QMJHL and fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division. The Dogs have lost three straight and have been outscored 19-5 during that span. Today’s game will also be their fifth straight away from home.

Saint John’s offense has not looked great over the past few games. Jonathan Huberdeau still leads the club in scoring with 29 points.

Hopefully Saint John can get things moving in a positive direction today. The team finally returns to Harbour Station ice for a pair of games next weekend.

BathurstSaint John
Record9-12-4-0 (4th Maritimes)10-12-0-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record5-5-1-05-5-0-0
Road Record4-7-3-05-7-0-0
Goals For/Game3.13 (12th)2.91 (16th)
Goals Against/Game3.69 (12th)3.99 (14th)
Shots For/Game33.11 (4th)28.61 (14th)
Shots Against/Game33.35 (14th)32.46 (13th)
Overall PP23.8% (8th)21.2% (10th)
Home PP19.0% (13th)29.3% (7th)
Road PP28.6% (1st)12.7% (16th)
Overall PK73.8% (17th)75.7% (11th)
Home PK84.1% (9th)77.8% (14th)
Road PK66.7% (16th)74.1% (10th)

Zach O'Brien25181735
Matthew Bissonnette2161723
Raphael Lafontaine2513518

Saint John
Jonathan Huberdeau22121729
Ryan Tesink20111122
Stephen MacAulay1811920

Jacob Brennan7-10-2-03.230.901
Mason McDonald2-2-2-04.370.879

Saint John
Sebastien Auger10-9-0-03.230.899
Alex Fournier0-3-0-07.500.792

The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Screaming Eagles in Cape Breton on Friday night. Marcus Cuomo and Noah Zilbert scored for Saint John. Sebastien Auger made 28 loss in net in the loss.

The Titan are coming off a 6-3 loss to the PEI Rocket in Charlottetown on Friday night. Zach O’Brien had two goals while Patrik Zdrahal added a solo marker. Sean Girard had two assists. Mason McDonald made 25 saves in the loss.

The Sea Dogs are 1-1-0-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 1-0-1-0 against Saint John.

Their last meeting was on September 21 at the KC Irving Regional Centre when Saint John defeated Bathurst 3-2 in overtime. Jonathan Huberdeau, Kevin Gagne, and Oliver Cooper scored for the Sea Dogs while the Titan had goals from Brandon Hynes and Matthew Bissonnette. Sebastien Auger made 29 saves in the win while Jacob Brennan made 34 in the loss.

  • This is Saint John’s fifth straight game away from Harbour Station. They return home next weekend.
  • Zach O’Brien is 11th in league scoring with 35 points.
  • Stephen MacAulay is second in the league in power play goals with nine.
  • MacAulay is second in first goals with three.
  • Patrik Zdrahal is 11th in rookie scoring with 15 points.
  • O’Brien is fifth in dangerous shots with 68.
  • O’Brien is tied for first in total shots with 115.
  • The Titan are once again dead last in the league in average attendance (1,526). 

Rouyn-Noranda at Cape Breton - 4:00 PM AST
Val-d'Or at Halifax - 4:00 PM AST
Victoriaville at Quebec - 3:00 PM EST
Rimouski at Baie-Comeau - 4:00 PM EST
Sherbrooke at Blainville-Boisbriand - 4:00 PM EST
Chicoutimi at Drummondville - 4:00 PM EST

The Sea Dogs return home and host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Saturday night at 7pm at Harbour Station.

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