Sunday, November 25, 2012

GAMEDAY 25 - vs Drakkar

Baie-Comeau Drakkar vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Today at 3:00pm
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Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs will have a tough test this afternoon at Harbour Station.

The Baie-Comeau Drakkar, one of the top teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and ranked No. 7 in the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings this week, are in town to face the Sea Dogs at 3pm.

The Drakkar are currently on a lengthy road trip through the Maritimes. They played in Halifax on Wednesday, Charlottetown Friday, Moncton last night, and Saint John today. They are 1-2-0-0 so far with their only win coming against the PEI Rocket.

Despite having a rough stretch of games this week, the Drakkar still sit fourth overall in the QMJHL and second in the Telus East Division with a 17-6-1-2 record. They are just one-point back of the Quebec Remparts for tops in the division and six points back of the league leading Halifax Mooseheads.

Baie-Comeau is led by some familiar names. Petr Straka is having a great season and has 21 goals and 16 assists in just 21 games this season. Raphael Bussieres, the former Moncton Wildcat, has 35 points in 26 games. Meanwhile, import Valentin Zykov is second in rookie scoring with 29 points in 26 games.

The Drakkar are picking up where they left off last season when they stunned everyone and made it to the second round of playoffs. It’s nice to see for a franchise that hasn’t had great success over the past few seasons.

Saint John enters action today with a 12-12-0-0 record and sits fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 13th overall in the QMJHL. They’ll be playing their second game in less than 24 hours after beating the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-1 last night.

Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Dogs in scoring with 33 points in 24 games. Ryan Tesink has a team high 14 goals.

Saint John hits the road again this week for two games in Quebec but return home for a match next Sunday.

Baie-ComeauSaint John
Record17-6-1-2 (2nd East)12-12-0-0 (4th Maritimes)
Home Record8-1-1-16-5-0-0
Road Record9-5-0-16-7-0-0
Goals For/Game4.21 (5th)3.00 (14th)
Goals Against/Game3.00 (4th)3.79 (13th)
Shots For/Game32.48 (5th)28.60 (14th)
Shots Against/Game26.41 (4th)32.09 (13th)
Overall PP19.8% (11th)21.3% (10th)
Home PP27.0% (10th)28.3% (7th)
Road PP12.1% (17th)14.5% (14th)
Overall PK81.2% (5th)77.3% (11th)
Home PK87.2% (4th)79.6% (14th)
Road PK76.9% (7th)75.4% (10th)

Petr Straka21211637
Raphael Bussieres26152035
Valentin Zykov26181129

Saint John
Jonathan Huberdeau24132033
Ryan Tesink22141125
Stephen MacAulay20131023

Philippe Cadorette13-5-1-13.100.883
Simon Lemieux4-1-0-12.310.910

Saint John
Sebastien Auger12-9-0-03.070.903
Alex Fournier0-3-0-07.500.792

The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-1 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles last night. Stephen MacAulay scored twice while Jonathan Huberdeau and Kevin Gagne registered solo markers. Sebastien Auger made 25 saves in net for the win.

The Drakkar are coming off a 6-5 loss to the Moncton Wildcats yesterday afternoon. Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau scored twice while singles came from Steve Lebel, Alexandre Ranger, and Valentin Zykov. Philippe Cadorette allowed five goals on 22 shots before getting pulled in the second period. Simon Lemieux allowed a goal on 14 shots in relief.

The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-0 against the Drakkar this season while Baie-Comeau is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Their only previous meeting this season came on October 20 in Baie-Comeau when the Drakkar beat the Sea Dogs 6-2. Petr Straka scored twice while Samuel Noreau, Carl Gelinas, Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau, Valentin Zykov also scored for the Drakkar. Saint John goals came from Ryan Tesink and Jakub Izacky. Philippe Cadorette made 19 saves in the win while Alex Fournier made 24 in the loss.

  • It’s Special Olympics night at Harbour Station.
  • Petr Straka is fourth in the league in goals with 21.
  • Stephen MacAulay is third in power play goals with nine.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau is ninth in power play assists with 11.
  • Valentin Zykov is third in game winning goals with five.
  • MacAulay is second in first goals with four.
  • Straka is fourth in insurance goals with three. Ryan Tesink is fifth with three as well.
  • Frederic Gamelin is a +21 which is the second best plus/minus rating in the league.

Halifax at Moncton - 2:00 PM AST
Baie-Comeau at Saint John - 3:00 PM AST
Gatineau at Blainville-Boisbriand - 4:00 PM EST
Quebec at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EST
Drummondville at Victoriaville - 4:00 PM EST

The Sea Dogs travel to north to take on the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Wednesday night.

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