Friday, December 14, 2012

GAMEDAY 32 - at Moncton

GAMEDAY
Saint John Sea Dogs vs Moncton Wildcats
Tonight at 7:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Moncton Coliseum – Moncton, NB
PREVIEW
MONCTON – For just the third time this season, the Saint John Sea Dogs take on the Moncton Wildcats. Game time tonight is 7pm at the Moncton Coliseum.

The two rivals haven’t met since September 30 at the Coliseum where the Sea Dogs surprised the Wildcats with a 5-1 victory. Saint John is 2-0 against Moncton this year.

Things have changed quite a bit since they last met. The Sea Dogs have dipped below the .500 mark while the Wildcats have recovered from their sluggish start and currently sit seventh overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League standings.

Moncton enters action this evening with a 21-11-0-0 record which is good for 42 points and second place in the Telus Maritimes Division. The ‘Cats have been playing well of late and are 8-2-0-0 in their last 10. They’ll look to keep things rolling tonight.

Meanwhile, Saint John heads into tonight’s game with a 15-16-0-0 record which is good for 30 points on the year. They currently sit fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 13th overall in the QMJHL. The Dogs are 5-5-0-0 in their last 10 and are coming off a 3-1 victory over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Tuesday night at Harbour Station.

Both teams will be without their leading scorers tonight as Jonathan Huberdeau and Dmitri Jaskin are away preparing for the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Following tonight’s game, the Sea Dogs have just three games left before the Christmas break.

THE NUMBERS
MonctonSaint John
Record21-11-0-0 (2nd Maritimes)15-16-0-0 (4th Maritimes)
Home Record12-4-0-08-8-0-0
Road Record9-7-0-07-8-0-0
Goals For/Game3.98 (5th)3.07 (13th)
Goals Against/Game3.20 (5th)3.74 (12th)
Shots For/Game34.87 (2nd)28.18 (14th)
Shots Against/Game27.10 (5th)32.27 (13th)
Overall PP28.9% (2nd)22.4% (9th)
Home PP34.1% (2nd)25.3% (9th)
Road PP21.3% (5th)19.5% (6th)
Overall PK77.7% (12th)78.6% (9th)
Home PK85.5% (4th)80.6% (12th)
Road PK69.4% (15th)76.7% (8th)
PIM/GAME17.316.0
Attendance4,2143,683

LEADING SCORERS
Moncton
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Dmitri Jaskin31232750
Allain Saulnier32162945
Alex Saulnier32152843

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jonathan Huberdeau30162945
Ryan Tesink29161834
Kevin Gagne27102131

GOALTENDERS
Moncton
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Alex Dubeau15-10-0-02.970.889
Cole Holowenko5-1-0-03.230.884

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger15-12-0-02.980.906
Alex Fournier0-4-0-07.380.791

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-1 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Tuesday night at Harbour Station. Oliver Cooper, Kevin Gagne, and Aidan Kelly scored for the Sea Dogs. Sebastien Auger made 22 saves in the win.


The Wildcats are coming off a 5-3 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Tuesday night at the Moncton Coliseum. Christophe Lalonde scored twice while singles came from Connor Garland, Alex Saulnier, and James Melindy. Cole Holowenko made 30 saves for the win.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Sea Dogs are 2-0-0-0 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 0-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Their last meeting was on September 30 in Moncton where the Sea Dogs defeated the Wildcats 5-1. Jonathan Huberdeau, Jason Cameron, Ryan Tesink, Oliver Cooper, and Stephen Anderson scored for Saint John. Ryan Penny had Moncton’s lone goal. Sebastien Auger made 42 saves in the win while Alex Dubeau made 24 in the loss.

NOTES
  • Defenseman Jurij Repe is away with Team Slovenia at the Division 1 World Junior Hockey Championships.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau, who is away with Team Canada, serves the second game of his four-game suspension tonight.
  • Wildcats forward Dmitri Jaskin is away with the Czech Republic junior team. Jaskin is fifth in the league in scoring with 50 points.
  • Allain Saulnier is eighth in assists with 29.
  • Stephen MacAulay is third in power play goals with 11. Yannick Veilleux is fifth with the same amount.
  • Veilleux is fifth in game winning goals with five.
  • Jonathan Racine is sixth in penalty minutes with 81.
  • Ivan Barbashev is sixth in rookie scoring with 26 points.

OUT OF TOWN
P.E.I. at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Acadie-Bathurst at Halifax - 7:00 PM AST
Victoriaville at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Sherbrooke at Drummondville - 7:30 PM EST
Chicoutimi at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EST
Gatineau at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EST
Quebec at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs travel to Charlottetown to face the PEI Rocket on Sunday at 3pm.

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