Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sea Dogs Notebook

The Sea Dogs are up north this week for a strange two-game mid-week road trip. The Dogs are in Rouyn-Noranda this evening to battle the Huskies at 8:30pm before moving on to Val-d’Or to face the Foreurs tomorrow night.

Saint John is on a bit of a roll. They’ve won three straight and moved above the .500 mark with a 13-12-0-0 record.

After these pair of games, they return home to host Scott Oke and the Rimouski Oceanic at 3pm on Sunday.

Movember is winding down but there is still time to donate to the Sea Dogs team. They currently have $545 raised in donations. Movember captain David Weckworth leads the way with $290 in donations.

Check out the Sea Dogs' page HERE.

The Sea Dogs posted some pictures of players sporting their stache on their Facebook page last night.

According to, Team Canada will announce their world junior selection camp roster this Monday. The camp will be held from December 11-15 in Calgary.

Jonathan Huberdeau is the only Sea Dog expected to receive an invite and is a lock to make the team (as long as the NHL and NHLPA continue their craziness).

“Huberdeau formed a dynamic duo alongside Mark Stone on last year’s world junior team, setting up the gifted scorer with some nice feeds in Alberta,” writes Sportsnet’s Patrick King who listed Huberdeau as one of the ‘hot’ players in his power rankings this week. “He’s playing a similar style with the Sea Dogs now, as evidenced by his performance last week.”

Got news for you: fighting is down across the Canadian Hockey League.

“Over in Qu├ębec, they're going at a rate of two fights every three games, or 0.75 per game, a modest 5% drop from the last season,” writes Cam Charron in a post over at Buzzing The Net.

According to, the Sea Dogs have just 11 fights this season in 25 games, the second fewest in the league. They had 68 in 68 games last season.

Michael Mastrangelo (5), Marcus Cuomo (2), Devon Oliver-Dares (2), Jonathan Huberdeau (1), and Ryan Tesink (1) are the only Sea Dogs with fighting majors this year.

TSN’s latest QMJHL Player Rankings are out. Here’s where some Sea Dogs are currently ranked:

No. 24 – Jonathan Huberdeau
No. 28 – Ryan Tesink
No. 44 Stephen MacAulay

Player rankings are based on statistical production and are intended to value the impact a player has on the game.

According to the Cape Breton Post, Screaming Eagles defenseman John-Michael Walsh broke his arm last Saturday while playing against the Sea Dogs at Harbour Station. He is expected to be out six to eight weeks.

Walsh has no points in 14 games with Cape Breton this season.

It’s been a dreadful season in Cape Breton where the Eagles currently hold the final playoff spot with a 7-15-2-3 record.

Danny Chiasson, who played six games with Saint John last season, currently leads the Maritime Junior ‘A’ Hockey League in scoring. He has 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points in 24 games with the Dieppe Commandos.

Colin Campbell, who played six games with the Dogs last year as well, is fifth in MHL scoring with 33 points in 23 games.

Sea Dogs goaltender Sebastien Auger has certainly been busy this season. He has played the second most minutes of any goaltender in the QMJHL with 1312:25 minutes played. Only Bathurst’s Jacob Brennan has played more.

Auger is third in saves with 631. His goals against average of 3.11 places him sixth, his save percentage of 0.903 is good for fourth, and his 13 wins puts him fourth.

Some Saint John Vito’s highlight videos that were used last Saturday at Harbour Station have been uploaded. Did the Vito’s not have their own YouTube channel back in 1992?

Photo: Huskies Facebook

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