Sunday, December 16, 2012

GAMEDAY 33 - at PEI

GAMEDAY
Saint John Sea Dogs vs PEI Rocket
Today at 3:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @SeaDogsLive
Charlottetown Civic Centre – Charlottetown, PEI
PREVIEW
CHARLOTTETOWN – Coming off a thrilling comeback win on Friday night, the Saint John Sea Dogs will look to carry that momentum into today’s game on Prince Edward Island.

Down 3-2 late on Friday in Moncton, the Sea Dogs tied it up with six seconds left the send the match into overtime. Kevin Gagne then scored in OT, giving Saint John the extra point and their second straight win. Now, the Dogs will look to make it three straight today in Charlottetown against the PEI Rocket. Game time is 3pm.

Saint John enters play this afternoon with a 16-16-0-0 record for 32 points. They sit fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 12th overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. They are 6-4-0-0 in their last 10 games.

One of the more impressive things about Friday’s comeback was that they did without their best player – captain Jonathan Huberdeau. The Florida Panthers prospect, who is currently away with Team Canada, leads the team in scoring with 45 points in 30 games. Ryan Tesink is second on the team in scoring with 37 points.

Meanwhile, the Rocket enter play today with a record of 18-13-2-0. They sit third in the Maritimes Division and eighth overall in the league. They are six points ahead of Saint John and have played one more game.

PEI has the two top scorers in the league on their team. Josh Currie and Ben Duffy each have 55 points which is the most in the ‘Q.’ Currie leads the team in goals with 28 while Duffy has a team high 34 assists.

This is the final road game of the first half for the Sea Dogs. They play two home games next week before the Christmas break begins.

THE NUMBERS
PEISaint John
Record18-13-2-0 (3rd Maritimes)16-16-0-0 (4th Maritimes)
Home Record11-5-1-08-8-0-0
Road Record7-8-1-08-8-0-0
Goals For/Game3.69 (8th)3.09 (13th)
Goals Against/Game3.51 (11th)3.71 (13th)
Shots For/Game29.33 (11th)28.13 (14th)
Shots Against/Game30.96 (11th)32.27 (13th)
Overall PP23.0% (7th)23.0% (8th)
Home PP27.8% (6th)25.3% (9th)
Road PP17.9% (9th)20.7% (6th)
Overall PK79.7% (6th)78.9% (8th)
Home PK85.1% (4th)80.6% (11th)
Road PK75.3% (10th)77.3% (7th)
PIM/GAME19.315.8
Attendance1,6663,683

LEADING SCORERS
PEI
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Josh Currie33282755
Ben Duffy33213455
Tomas Pavelka2962026

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jonathan Huberdeau30162945
Ryan Tesink30162137
Kevin Gagne28112233

GOALTENDERS
PEI
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Antoine Bibeau9-7-1-02.840.911
Maxime Lagace9-6-1-03.930.870

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger16-12-0-02.970.906
Alex Fournier0-4-0-07.380.791

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-3 overtime road win over the Moncton Wildcats on Friday night. The Dogs were down 3-0 in the second period but climbed back to tie it late and then pick up the extra point. Jakub Izacky scored twice while Stephen MacAulay and Kevin Gagne added singles. Sebastien Auger made 31 saves in net for the win.

The Rocket are coming off a 5-2 road win in Cape Breton on Friday night. Victor Provencher scored two goals while Antoine Venne, Ben Duffy, and Alexis Pepin scored solo markers. Maxime Lagace made 19 saves in the win.


HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Sea Dogs are 1-1-0-0 against the Rocket this season while PEI is 1-0-1-0 against Saint John.

Their last meeting was on October 26 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Rocket 4-3 in overtime. Olivier LeBlanc, Jakub Izacky, Stephen MacAulay, and Kevin Gagne all scored for Saint John. Josh Currie scored twice for PEI while Ben Duffy added a single. Sebastien Auger made 35 saves while Antoine Bibeau made 35 as well.


NOTES
  • Ben Duffy and Josh Currie are tied for the league scoring lead with 55 points each.
  • Kevin Gagne is second in defensemen scoring with 33 points.
  • Currie is third in the league in goal scoring with 28.
  • Duffy has a league high 34 assists.
  • Stephen MacAulay is second in power play goals with 12.
  • Gagne is fifth in power play assists with 15.
  • Currie has a league best six shorthanded goals.
  • Patrick McGrath is second in penalty minutes with 107.
  • Gagne is on a 10-game point streak.

OUT OF TOWN
Acadie-Bathurst at Cape Breton - 4:00 PM AST
Chicoutimi at Quebec - 3:00 PM EST
Drummondville at Baie-Comeau - 4:00 PM EST
Shawinigan at Rimouski - 4:00 PM EST
Sherbrooke at Victoriaville - 4:00 PM EST

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Thursday night at 7pm at Harbour Station.

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