Thursday, November 29, 2012

GAMEDAY 27 - at Val-d'Or

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Val-d’Or Foreurs
Tonight at 8:30pm
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Air Creebec Centre – Val-d’Or, Que.
VAL-D’OR, Que. – All eyes will be on Jonathan Huberdeau tonight.

The Saint John Sea Dogs captain is just one point away from becoming the all-time leading point producer in team history. He is currently tied with Michael Kirkpatrick with 251 career points as a Sea Dog.

Huberdeau tied the record last night with three points in a 5-1 win in Rouyn-Noranda over the Huskies. Kevin Gagne scored twice in that game while Ryan Tesink and Stephen Anderson added singles. Goaltender Sebastien Auger was solid as usual.

Saint John’s strange two-game, mid-week Quebec road trip ends this evening in Val-d’Or with an 8:30pm matchup with the Foreurs.

The Sea Dogs and Foreurs each have 28 points entering action tonight. Saint John is 14-12-0-0 and sits 12th overall in the league while Val-d’Or is 13-11-0-2 and sits 11th. Both teams sit fourth in their respective divisions.

Saint John has won four straight heading into tonight’s game thanks to wins over Bathurst, Cape Breton, Baie-Comeau, and Rouyn-Noranda. They are also 6-4-0-0 in their last 10 games.

The Dogs continue to be led by Huberdeau who has 39 points in 26 games. Ryan Tesink leads the club in goal scoring with 16 in 24 games.

The Foreurs are led by Anthony Mantha who 23 goals and 19 assists for 42 points in 25 games. He registered a hat trick against Saint John earlier this season. Anton Zlobin and Michael Beaudry each have 21 assists to lead the team in helpers.

Val-d'OrSaint John
Record13-11-0-2 (4th West)14-12-0-0 (4th Maritimes)
Home Record6-6-0-17-5-0-0
Road Record7-5-0-17-7-0-0
Goals For/Game3.88 (8th)3.16 (13th)
Goals Against/Game3.39 (8th)3.69 (13th)
Shots For/Game31.27 (6th)28.44 (14th)
Shots Against/Game29.18 (8th)32.20 (13th)
Overall PP19.3% (12th)22.9% (9th)
Home PP20.9% (11th)29.7% (7th)
Road PP17.0% (9th)16.4% (11th)
Overall PK80.6% (6th)77.0% (11th)
Home PK87.5% (2nd)78.2% (14th)
Road PK73.3% (13th)76.1% (7th)

Anthony Mantha25231942
Anton Zlobin24142135
Michael Beaudry26142135

Saint John
Jonathan Huberdeau26142539
Ryan Tesink24161430
Stephen MacAulay22131225

Francois Tremblay8-8-0-23.230.897
Alexandre St-Arnaud5-3-0-03.300.867

Saint John
Sebastien Auger14-9-0-03.020.905
Alex Fournier0-3-0-07.500.792

The Sea Dogs are coming off a fairly solid 5-1 victory over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies last night at Iamgold Arena. Kevin Gagne scored twice while Jonathan Huberdeau, Ryan Tesink, and Stephen Anderson added singles. Goaltender Sebastien Auger made 24 saves in the win.

The Foreurs are coming off a 4-1 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes on Saturday. Michael Beaudry scored twice while Simard Timothe and Anthony Mantha added singles. Alexandre St-Arnaud made 23 stops in net for the victory.

The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-0 against the Foreurs this season while Val-d’Or is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Their only previous meeting this season was on October 13 at Harbour Station where the Foreurs blew out the Sea Dogs by a 7-1 score. Anthony Mantha had a hat trick, Anton Zlobin had two goals, and Michael Beaudry and Vincent Dunn added singles. Stephen MacAulay scored for Saint John. Alex Fournier was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots. Sebastien Auger made 21 stops in relief. Francois Tremblay made 30 saves for Val-d’Or.

  • Michael Mastrangelo will serve the second game of his three-game suspension tonight.
  • Anthony Mantha is second in the league in goals with 23.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau is fifth in assists with 25.
  • Stephen MacAulay is third in power play goals with nine.
  • Huberdeau is fifth in power play assists with 13.
  • Vincent Dunn has the seventh best +/- rating at +17.
  • Mantha is fourth in dangerous shots with 79.
  • According to, the Foreurs have the second most fights in the league this season with 33.

There are no other games in the QMJHL tonight.

The Sea Dogs return home to host the Rimouski Oceanic on Sunday at 3pm.

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