Thursday, December 20, 2012

GAMEDAY 34 - vs Titan

Acadie-Bathurst Titan vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7:00pm
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Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
SAINT JOHN – With the world ending tomorrow or whatever, tonight could be final game in Saint John Sea Dogs history. The Sea Dogs host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan this evening at 7pm at Harbour Station.

The Sea Dogs enter action tonight with 16-17-0-0 record for 32 points. They sit fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 13th overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. They are 5-5-0-0 in their last 10 games and are coming off a road loss in PEI on Sunday.

Saint John will once again be without their best player. Even though he won’t be playing, tonight’s game is important for Jonathan Huberdeau as his four-game suspension will come to an end. Huberdeau was unable to play in today’s world junior pre-competition game due to the suspension.

With Huberdeau absent, Ryan Tesink leads Saint John in scoring with 38 points. Defenseman Kevin Gagne is second with 33.

It’s been a disappointing season for the Titan. They enter play today with a 12-19-4-1 record for 29 points. They sit fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 14th overall in the league. The Titan are three points back of Saint John but have played three more games.

As the trade period approaches, the Titan have lost three straight and are 3-6-0-1 in their last 10 games.

Zach O’Brien leads Bathurst in scoring with 47 points in 34 games. The newly acquired Michael Beaudry is second on the squad in points with 46. The Titan traded Brandon Hynes and some draft picks to Val-d’Or in exchange for Beaudry last week.

The first half of the Sea Dogs season officially ends with tonight’s game. It unofficially ends with tomorrow night’s game against the Halifax Mooseheads, Saint John’s final game before the Christmas break. 

BathurstSaint John
Record12-19-4-1 (5th Maritimes)16-17-0-0 (4th Maritimes)
Home Record7-7-1-18-8-0-0
Road Record5-12-3-08-9-0-0
Goals For/Game3.24 (12th)3.09 (13th)
Goals Against/Game4.04 (15th)3.78 (14th)
Shots For/Game33.18 (5th)28.06 (14th)
Shots Against/Game34.11 (16th)32.56 (13th)
Overall PP23.8% (6th)22.6% (9th)
Home PP19.3% (14th)25.3% (9th)
Road PP27.7% (3rd)20.0% (6th)
Overall PK72.8% (18th)79.2% (8th)
Home PK78.9% (14th)80.6% (9th)
Road PK67.8% (17th)77.9% (6th)


Zach O'Brien34222547
Michael Beaudry34163046
Matthew Bissonnette27102131

Saint John
Jonathan Huberdeau30162945
Ryan Tesink31162238
Kevin Gagne29112233

Jacob Brennan10-15-2-13.620.891
Mason McDonald2-4-2-04.600.875

Saint John
Sebastien Auger16-12-0-02.970.906
Alex Fournier0-5-0-06.950.809

The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-3 loss to the PEI Rocket in Charlottetown on Sunday. Stephen Anderson, Stephen MacAulay, and Aidan Kelly scored for the Sea Dogs. Alex Fournier allowed five goals on 41 shots in the loss.

The Titan are coming off a wild 7-5 loss in Cape Breton on Sunday. Christophe Lalancette, Alexandre Gosselin, Adam Zboril, Alec Jon Banville, and Michael Beaudry scored for the Titan. Jacob Brennan allowed three goals on eight shots while Mason McDonald allowed three on 26 shots.

The Sea Dogs are 2-1-0-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 1-1-1-0 against Saint John.

The last time they met was on November 18 at the KC Irving Regional Centre where the Sea Dogs beat the Titan 4-2. Ryan Tesink had a hat trick while Jakub Izacky added a single for Saint John. Brandon Hynes and Christophe Lalancette scored for Bathurst. Sebastien Auger made 28 saves while Jacob Brennan made 29.

  • Jonathan Huberdeau will serve the final game of his four-game suspension this evening.
  • The Sea Dogs open the (unofficial) second half on December 29 against the Titan at Harbour Station.
  • Michael Beaudry, who was recently acquired in a trade, is eighth in the league in assists with 30.
  • Stephen MacAulay is second in power play goals with 12.
  • Kevin Gagne is sixth in power play assists with 15.
  • Patrik Zdrahal is seventh in rookie scoring with 26 points.
  • Zach O’Brien is third in shots with 150.
  • Kevin Gagne is second in defensemen scoring with 33 points.

Quebec at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EST

The Sea Dogs play their final game before the Christmas break tomorrow night at 7:30pm at Harbour Station against the Halifax Mooseheads.

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