Saturday, January 5, 2013

GAMEDAY 39 - vs Rocket

GAMEDAY
PEI Rocket 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 
PREVIEW
SAINT JOHN – Coming off an overtime win against the No. 1 ranked team in the country last night, the Saint John Sea Dogs will look to keep rolling tonight against the PEI Rocket. Game time is 7pm at Harbour Station.

The Sea Dogs have won two straight games thanks to a 3-1 win over the Moncton Wildcats on Monday and last night’s OT win in Halifax. Saint John will look to beat another squad that sits ahead of them in the Telus Maritimes Division standings again tonight.

Saint John enters play with an 18-20-0-0 record, good for fifth in the Maritimes Division and 14th overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. They are 9-11-0-0 at Harbour Station this year.

With Jonathan Huberdeau still in Russia and Ryan Tesink traded, Stephen MacAulay is Saint John’s leading scorer for tonight’s contest. Thanks to a goal and two assists last night, the 20-year old forward now has 18 goals and 18 assists in 34 games.

The star for Saint John of late has been goaltender Sebastien Auger. He has an 18-15-0-0 record to go along with a 3.01 goals against average and a 0.911 save percentage.

PEI enters action tonight with a 21-15-2-0 record and sit third in the Telus Maritimes Division and ninth overall in the league. The Rocket are 5-5-0-0 in their last 10 games.

The Rocket have the league’s leading scorers in Josh Currie and Ben Duffy. Each have 63 points.

Tonight’s match will be the Sea Dogs’ final home game until January 19.

THE NUMBERS
PEISaint John
Record21-15-2-0 (3rd Maritimes)18-20-0-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record13-6-1-09-11-0-0
Road Record8-9-1-09-9-0-0
Goals For/Game3.65 (9th)2.89 (14th)
Goals Against/Game3.55 (10th)3.70 (12th)
Shots For/Game 29.73 (8th)27.64 (14th)
Shots Against/Game31.38 (11th)34.08 (16th)
Overall PP23.5% (6th)21.5% (10th)
Home PP26.9% (6th)22.6% (9th)
Road PP19.7% (8th)20.5% (7th)
Overall PK80.2% (6th)80.0% (7th)
Home PK85.7% (4th)81.3% (9th)
Road PK75.6% (10th)78.5% (6th)
PIM/GAME19.015.3
Attendance1,6873,755

LEADING SCORERS
PEI
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Josh Currie38323163
Ben Duffy38253863
Louick Marcotte38151328

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jonathan Huberdeau30162945
Stephen MacAulay34181836
Jakub Izacky3310414

GOALTENDERS
PEI
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Antoine Bibeau12-7-1-02.820.912
Maxime Lagace9-8-1-04.130.865

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger18-15-0-03.010.911
Alex Fournier0-5-0-06.950.809

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 overtime win over the Halifax Mooseheads last night at the Metro Centre. Stephen MacAulay, Pierre Durepos, and Jakub Izacky scored for Saint John. Goaltender Sebastien Auger was terrific again, making 43 saves in the victory.


The Rocket are coming off a 6-1 home loss to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Thursday. Louick Marcotte scored PEI’s only goal. Maxime Lagace allowed three goals on 10 shots before getting pulled. Antoine Bibeau allowed three goals on 22 shots in relief.


HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Sea Dogs are 1-2-0-0 against the Rocket this season while PEI is 2-0-1-0 against Saint John.

Their last meeting was on December 16 at the Charlottetown Civic Centre where the Rocket won 6-3. Ben Duffy and Josh Currie each scored twice while singles came from Victor Provencher and Alex Micallef. Stephen MacAulay and Aidan Kelly scored for the Sea Dogs. Alex Fournier allowed five goals on 41 shots in the loss while Antoine Bibeau made 23 stops in the win.


NOTES
  • Josh Currie and Ben Duffy are the leading scorers in the league. They each have 63 points.
  • Currie is second in goals with 32.
  • Duffy has a league high 38 assists.
  • Stephen MacAulay is fourth in power play goals with 12.
  • Duffy is third in power play assists with 17.
  • Currie has seven shorthanded goals this season, the most in the league.
  • Patrick McGrath has 117 penalty minutes, the most in the Q.
  • Sebastien Auger has faced 40 or more shots in five straight games.
  • The Rocket lead the league in fights with 58.

OUT OF TOWN
Baie-Comeau at Shawinigan - 4:00 PM EST
Cape Breton at Moncton - 7:00 PM AST
Rimouski at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:00 PM EST
Victoriaville at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:00 PM EST
Quebec at Val-d'Or - 7:00 PM EST

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs head to Quebec for a three-in-three road trip next weekend. It begins on Friday in Rimouski with an 8:30pm game against the Oceanic.

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