Friday, January 4, 2013

GAMEDAY 38 - at Halifax

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Halifax Mooseheads
Tonight at 7:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @SeaDogsLive
Halifax Metro Centre – Halifax, NS
HALIFAX – The Saint John Sea Dogs play their first game of the calendar year tonight in Halifax against the Mooseheads. Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm.

The Sea Dogs have gotten even younger since the Sea Dogs and Mooseheads met last. Along with Kevin Gagne, Saint John has also traded veterans Ryan Tesink and Aidan Kelly. They’ll need some younger players to step up like they did on Monday in a 3-1 win over the Moncton Wildcats.

Saint John enters play with a 17-20-0-0 record and sit fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 14th overall in the league. They are 3-7-0-0 in their last 10 games and Monday’s victory ended a four-game losing streak.

With Jonathan Huberdeau still away and Ryan Tesink and Kevin Gagne both traded, Stephen MacAulay is currently Saint John’s leading scorer. He has 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points in 33 games this season.

Halifax is having an incredible season. Despite being without Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, and Martin Frk for the past few weeks, the Moose are an 11-0-1-0 run and are 9-0-1-0 in their last 10 games.

The Mooseheads sit first overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League standings with a 32-3-1-1 record for 66 points. They are 11 points ahead of the second-place Rimouski Oceanic. Halifax is also the toped ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League again this week.

With MacKinnon and Drouin away with Team Canada at the world juniors, Darcy Ashley is Halifax’s leading scorer with 12 goals and 30 assists for 42 points in 37 games.

HalifaxSaint John
Record32-3-1-1 (1st Maritimes)17-20-0-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record18-1-0-09-11-0-0
Road Record14-2-1-18-9-0-0
Goals For/Game4.99 (1st)2.89 (14th)
Goals Against/Game2.63 (1st)3.75 (12th)
Shots For/Game36.36 (1st)27.76 (14th)
Shots Against/Game24.37 (1st)33.81 (15th)
Overall PP28.7% (3rd)21.3% (10th)
Home PP33.7% (2nd)22.6% (9th)
Road PP23.3% (4th)20.0% (7th)
Overall PK79.3% (8th)79.8% (7th)
Home PK82.7% (7th)81.3% (9th)
Road PK75.4% (11th)77.9% (7th)

Nathan MacKinnon30223052
Jonathan Drouin24192948
Darcy Ashley37123042

Saint John
Jonathan Huberdeau30162945
Stephen MacAulay33171633
Oliver Cooper366814

Zach Fucale25-3-0-12.430.897
Chris Clarke7-0-1-03.250.880

Saint John
Sebastien Auger17-15-0-03.040.909
Alex Fournier0-5-0-06.950.809

The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-1 win over the Moncton Wildcats on Monday night at Harbour Station. Saint John was out shot 49-22 in the game. Noah Zilbert scored all three Sea Dogs goals. Sebastien Auger was terrific in net, making 48 saves in the win.

The Mooseheads are coming off a 7-3 win over the Moncton Wildcats last night at the Metro Centre. Andrew Ryan had two goals for the winners while singles came from Brendan Duke, Konrad Abeltshauser, Darcy Ashley, MacKenzie Weegar, and Stefan Fournier. Zach Fucale made 16 saves for the win.

The Sea Dogs are 0-4-0-0 against the Mooseheads this season while Halifax is 4-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Their last meeting was on December 21 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs lost 5-1 to the Mooseheads. Matthew Boudreau had two goals while singles came from Andrew Ryan, Ryan Falkenham, and Stefan Fournier for Halifax. Stephen Anderson scored Saint John’s lone goal. Sebastien Auger made 38 saves in the loss while Zach Fucale made 22 in the win.

  • Tonight is Teddy Bear Toss night at the Metro Centre. So there is going to be a big delay after Halifax’s first goal.
  • Saint John has called up forward Connor Donaghey for this weekend’s games.
  • Defenseman Jeremy Doucet, who was acquired in the Aidan Kelly trade earlier this week, will likely make his Sea Dogs debut.
  • Stefan Fournier is second in the league power play goals with 13. Stephen MacAulay is fourth with 12.
  • Konrad Abeltshauser leads the league in power play assists with 18.
  • Matthew Boudreau is second in game-winning goals with six.
  • MacKenzie Weegar has the fourth best +/- rating at +27.

Cape Breton at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:30 PM AST
Chicoutimi at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Quebec at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EST
Victoriaville at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST

The Sea Dogs host the PEI Rocket tomorrow night at 7pm at Harbour Station.

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