Cape Breton Screaming Eagles vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7:00pm
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Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
SAINT JOHN – Two struggling teams meet tonight at Harbour Station.
The Saint John Sea Dogs, losers of four straight, host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, who are just 1-8-0-1 in their last 10 games, this evening at 7pm. It’s Toonie Night, meaning all youth upper bowl tickets are just $2.00 ($1.00 Harbour Station service charge also applies).
The Sea Dogs are coming off a tough weekend where they faced two of the teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, losing 4-2 to the Quebec Remparts on Saturday and 4-2 to the Halifax Mooseheads on Sunday. They haven’t won a game since a 5-1 victory in Rouyn-Noranda on November 28.
Saint John is currently 14-16-0-0 and sit fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 14th overall in the QMJHL with 28 points. They are six points ahead of the Screaming Eagles who sit in the division basement and hold the final playoff spot.
Tonight’s game is the likely beginning of the post-Huberdeau era. The Sea Dogs captain is in Calgary for Team Canada world junior selection camp and very likely played his final game with Saint John on Sunday. The Florida Panthers prospect leads the Dogs in scoring with 45 points, so his departure obviously leaves a big hole in the lineup. It’ll be interesting to see who takes his spot on the top line.
Cape Breton has an 8-19-2-4 record heading into action tonight. They have just one win over their past 10 games and that came on Sunday in Chicoutimi. Tonight’s game ends a strange three-game road trip that saw the Eagles play in Baie-Comeau on Saturday, Chicoutimi on Sunday, and Saint John this evening.
Alexandre Lavoie leads the Eagles in scoring with 47 points in 33 games. William Carrier is second with 42 points in 32 contests.
This will be the first time the Sea Dogs play the Eagles since they fired Ron Choules on December 3. They’ve since hired Marc-Andre Dumont to take over head coaching and general manager duties.THE NUMBERS
|Cape Breton||Saint John|
|Record||8-19-2-4 (6th Maritimes)||14-16-0-0 (5th Maritimes)|
|Goals For/Game||2.61 (16th)||3.07 (13th)|
|Goals Against/Game||4.20 (17th)||3.83 (13th)|
|Shots For/Game||26.70 (15th)||28.15 (14th)|
|Shots Against/Game||33.14 (14th)||32.57 (13th)|
|Overall PP||17.1% (15th)||23.2% (8th)|
|Home PP||18.5% (14th)||27.0% (7th)|
|Road PP||15.9% (15th)||19.5% (6th)|
|Overall PK||75.0% (15th)||78.2% (10th)|
|Home PK||72.3% (18th)||79.7% (13th)|
|Road PK||76.5% (8th)||76.7% (7th)|
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads on Sunday afternoon at Harbour Station. Kevin Gagne and Noah Zilbert scored for Saint John. Sebastien Auger made 37 saves in the loss.
The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 3-0 victory over the Sagueneens in Chicoutimi on Sunday. Blake Millman, William Carrier, and Alexandre Lavoie scored for the Eagles. David Honzik stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout win.
The Sea Dogs are 2-1-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 1-2-0-0 against Saint John.
Their last meeting was on November 24 at Harbour Station when the Dogs beat the Eagles 4-1. Stephen MacAulay had two goals while singles came from Jonathan Huberdeau and Kevin Gagne. Jakub Culek scored Cape Breton’s lone goal. Sebastien Auger made 25 saves in the win. David Honzik made 20 stops for the Eagles.
- Jonathan Huberdeau’s suspension begins tonight. He’s chilling in Calgary at Team Canada selection camp.
- Alexandre Lavoie is eighth in league in scoring with 47 points.
- Kevin Gagne is second in defensemen scoring with 30 points.
- Gagne is on a eight-game point streak.
- Stephen MacAulay is third in power play goals with 11.
- Gagne is eighth in power play assists with 14.
- William Carrier is ninth in dangerous shots with 74.
- Carrier is sixth in total shots with 135.
OUT OF TOWN
Acadie-Bathurst at Moncton - 7:00 PM AST
Victoriaville at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Shawinigan at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Rouyn-Noranda at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST
The Sea Dogs travel up the highway to Moncton to take on the Wildcats Friday night at 7pm.