Monday, December 17, 2012

POSTSCRIPT: Sea Dogs 3, Rocket 6

A collection of recaps from yesterday’s 6-3 Saint John Sea Dogs loss to the PEI Rocket…

Our recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs headed to Prince Edward Island to face off against the PEI Rocket on Sunday afternoon.

The Telegraph-Journal’s recap (paywall). The P.E.I. Rocket’s top line was a wrecking ball in a 6-3 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs on Sunday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

The Guardian’s recap. The P.E.I. Rocket's top line was a wrecking ball in a 6-3 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs on Sunday in Charlottetown.

The Canadian Press’ recap. Josh Currie scored twice and setup four more as the P.E.I. Rocket doubled up the visiting Saint John Sea Dogs 6-3 on Sunday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s goal calls.’s recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs fell to the Prince Edward Island Rocket 6-3 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon.’s recap. It was a special night for P.E.I. Rocket forward Ben Duffy in a 6-3 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs Sunday afternoon.

SCRATCHES: The Sea Dogs were without Benjamin Hade (upper body), Jason Seed (MHL Summerside), Jonathan Huberdeau (Team Canada/suspension), Michael Mastrangelo (upper body), Andreas Tsogkas (healthy,) Jurij Repe (Slovenian junior team), and Marcus Cuomo (healthy) on Sunday afternoon.

BROWN: Sea Dogs forward Mackenzie Brown returned to the lineup on Sunday afternoon. It was just his second game of the season. Brown hadn’t played since opening night against Bathurst – way back on September 30 – where he injured his knee. He had two shots on Sunday.

FIGHTS: There were three fights in the first period. That doesn’t happen every day. The best one was the first one where Justin Dickinson and Patrick McGrath squared off.

Here’s video, courtesy of

That was Dickinson’s first QMJHL fight. The Sea Dogs rookie forward would leave the game with an injury, however, and did not return.

The other fights saw Ryan Tesink take on Josh Currie and Oliver Cooper face Jimmy Oligny.

IZACKY: Jakub Izacky left the game in the first period after blocking a shot. He did not return. The import forward has been playing on the Sea Dogs top line with Ryan Tesink and Stephen MacAulay and was on one of the heroes in Friday’s comeback win in Moncton. Izacky has nine goals and four assists in 29 games this year.

DUFFY: Ben Duffy made some history on Sunday. From the Rocket website:

The 20-year-old Sackville, N.S. native became the all-time leader in goals scored, with 123, as a member of the P.E.I. Rocket, scoring two goals. Duffy passed David Laliberté (121 goals), who previously held the record.

Duffy also had an assist in the win. He is now second in league scoring with 58 points in 34 games.

CURRIE: Big game for Josh Currie. The Rocket captain was in on all six PEI goals, registering two goals and four assists. He was also a +5. Currie leads the league in scoring with 61 points in 34 games this season.

FOURNIER: Alex Fournier made 36 saves for Saint John but still couldn’t get his first QMJHL win. The Sea Dogs netminder fell to 0-5-0-0 with a 6.95 goals against average and a 0.809 save percentage. Fournier has allowed four or more goals in six of his seven appearances this year.

GAGNE: Defenseman Kevin Gagne saw his 10-game point streak end yesterday. He finished the game with no points, a -3 rating, and one shot. It was the first time since November 16 that he didn’t record a point. Gagne is still second in defensemen scoring with 33 points and tied for most goals scored by a defenseman with 11.

KELLY: Aidan Kelly scored his second goal on the season on Sunday. His first came last Tuesday against Cape Breton when he scored into an empty net. Kelly now has two goals and eight assists in 31 games this year.

STANDINGS: The Sea Dogs missed a good chance to inch closer to the Rocket in the standings. Saint John fell back below the .500 with a 16-17-0-0 record. They remain fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 13th overall in the league.

NOTES: Stephen MacAulay, Ryan Tesink, and Pierre Durepos were all a -4… MacAulay had five shots… Oliver Cooper had three hits… Ben Duffy had eight shots… rookie forward Alexis Pepin had five hits for PEI… Ross Yates ran the Sea Dogs bench again in Mike Kelly’s absence… this was Saint John’s final road game of the first half. They enter the break with an 8-9-0-0 road record.

HIGHLIGHTS: Courtesy of the Rocket.

Acadie-Bathurst 5 at Cape Breton 7
Chicoutimi 2 at Quebec 3 (SO)
Drummondville 3 at Baie-Comeau 2
Shawinigan 1 at Rimouski 4
Sherbrooke 0 at Victoriaville 3

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


  1. How in the hell do we continue to sit a spark plug like Marcus Cuomo and continue to dress #22 a 19 yr old with 2 goals

    good god gimmie a break

    1. Yeah I know what you mean. The only thing I can figure out is that there has to be something behind the scenes going on that we don't know about (attitude, work ethic, team focus, etc.) It's not his first healthy scratch. It's a shame because he is exciting to watch from a fan perspective.

      What I'm wondering (I know I'm probably being hard on the kid) is how much longer we're going to go without a solid backup to Sebastian Auger. Fournier hasn't won a game, and has only been average at best in his best start. I don't know if it's the lack of gameplay, or he isn't going to cut it. I would say play him one period a game for the next few, and see how that goes for there. He has to build confidence and frankly the team needs to find out whether he's in our future or not. Right now it seems that if anything happens to Auger, we'd be lucky to win 5 more games the rest of the year. Just my two cents worth.