Saturday, December 29, 2012

GAMEDAY 36 - vs Titan

Acadie-Bathurst Titan vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
SAINT JOHN – The Christmas break is over and the Saint John Sea Dogs are back in action tonight.

The Sea Dogs begin a stretch of three games in three days tonight at 7pm at Harbour Station where they will take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Saint John will then play in Moncton tomorrow afternoon before hosting the Wildcats on Monday night.

Saint John enters play tonight with a 16-19-0-0 record and sit fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 13th overall in the league. They are on a three-game losing streak and are 3-7-0-0 in their last 10. They’ll be looking to get the second half started on a positive note tonight.

With team captain Jonathan Huberdeau away with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, Ryan Tesink leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 38 points in 33 games.

The Sea Dogs will also be missing a key part of their offense tonight in defenseman Kevin Gagne. The 20-year old is the second leading scorer amongst defensemen in the QMJHL but was traded by Saint John to Rimouski last week. The Gagne trade has been the Dogs only major move of the trading period so far.

Bathurst enters play this evening with a 13-20-4-1 record for 31 points. They sit fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 14th overall in the league. The Titan are just one-point back of the Sea Dogs in the standings but have played three more games.

The Titan are led by Zach O’Brien who has 49 points in 36 games. Michael Beaudry, who was recently acquired from the Val-d’Or Foreurs, is second on the team in scoring with 47 points in 36 games.

BathurstSaint John
Record13-20-4-1 (5th Maritimes)16-19-0-0 (4th Maritimes)
Home Record7-8-1-18-10-0-0
Road Record6-12-3-08-9-0-0
Goals For/Game3.23 (11th)2.94 (13th)
Goals Against/Game3.96 (15th)3.79 (13th)
Shots For/Game33.74 (5th)27.94 (14th)
Shots Against/Game33.95 (17th)33.21 (14th)
Overall PP22.4% (8th)21.9% (9th)
Home PP18.3% (15th)23.8% (9th)
Road PP25.7% (3rd)20.0% (6th)
Overall PK73.2% (17th)79.5% (8th)
Home PK78.1% (15th)81.0% (9th)
Road PK69.2% (17th)77.9% (7th)

Zach O'Brien36232649
Michael Beaudry36173047
Matthew Bissonnette29112334

Saint John
Jonathan Huberdeau30162945
Ryan Tesink33162238
Stephen MacAulay31172334

Jacob Brennan11-16-2-13.520.895
Mason McDonald2-4-2-04.650.872

Saint John
Sebastien Auger16-14-0-03.040.907
Alex Fournier0-5-0-06.950.809

The Sea Dogs last played on December 21 where they lost 5-1 to the Halifax Mooseheads. Stephen Anderson scored Saint John’s lone goal. Sebastien Auger allowed five goals on 43 shots.

The Titan last played on December 21 where they lost 5-3 to the PEI Rocket. Raphael Lafontaine, Carl Marois, and Michael Beaudry scored for Bathurst. Mason McDonald allowed three goals on 16 shots while Jacob Brennan allowed two on 17 shots in relief.

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

Their last meeting was on December 20 at Harbour Station where the Titan shutout the Sea Dogs 3-0. Alec Jon Banville, Zach O’Brien, and Matthew Bissonnette scored for Bathurst. Jacob Brennan stopped all 29 shots he faced in the win while Sebastien Auger made 42 saves in the loss.

The Titan have made a bunch of trades since the trading period opened and they will have some new faces in their lineup tonight. Here’s a recap.

In: Anthony Gingras, Michael Walsh, Jonathan Delrome, Sacha Harmois, and Robert Pelletier.

Out: Michael Lyle, Alex Bourbeau, Myles McGurty, and Alec Jon Banville.

The Sea Dogs have acquired just one player so far and that is defenseman Michael Abbott from the Gatineau Olympiques.

  • The Sea Dogs will be without forward Matthew Highmore and defenseman Olivier LeBlanc who are away at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
  • The Titan will be without goaltender Mason McDonald who is away with Team Atlantic at the under-17s.
  • Zach O’Brien is ninth in the league in goals with 23.
  • Michael Beaudry is ninth in assists with 30.
  • Stephen MacAulay is second in power play goals with 12.
  • O’Brien is sixth in shorthanded goals with three.
  • Patrik Zdrahal is seventh in rookie scoring with 27 points.
  • O’Brien is fifth in dangerous shots with 101 and first in total shots with 162.

Cape Breton at Halifax - 7:00 PM AST
Rouyn-Noranda at Val-d'Or - 7:00 PM EST

The Sea Dogs travel to Moncton tomorrow to face the Wildcats at 4pm.

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