Saint John Sea Dogs vs Rimouski Oceanic
Tonight at 8:30pm
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Colisee de Rimouski – Rimouski, Que.
RIMOUSKI, Que. – The Saint John Sea Dogs begin a three-in-three road trip through Quebec tonight in Rimouski. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30pm at Colisee de Rimouski.
Saint John will also play in Victoriaville tomorrow and in Sherbrooke on Sunday to complete the trip. The Dogs have been decent on the road this year and have a 9-9-0-0 record.
The Sea Dogs enter play tonight with an 18-21-0-0 record which places them fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 14th overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. They are 4-6-0-0 in their last 10 games.
Tonight’s game sort of feels like the beginning of the second half. Saint John traded away many veterans during the trading period and will have some new faces in the lineup tonight. The Dogs roster certainly looks a lot different than it did a couple months ago.
With Jonathan Huberdeau gone to the Florida Panthers and others traded away, Jakub Izacky is Saint John’s leading scorer. He has 15 points in 34 games.
Rimouski is having a solid season after losing to Saint John in last year’s President’s Cup final. They enter tonight’s game with a 26-11-1-4 record and sit fourth overall in the league. They are just two points back of the second-place Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
Fredericton native Peter Trainor leads the Oceanic is scoring with 60 points in 42 games.
Tonight’s game will be the first meeting between the Sea Dogs and Oceanic since the Kevin Gagne trade. The 20-year old defenseman will face the team he spent four-and-a-half seasons with this evening.
|Record||26-11-1-4 (2nd East)||18-21-0-0 (5th Maritimes)|
|Goals For/Game||3.68 (8th)||2.84 (14th)|
|Goals Against/Game||3.19 (6th)||3.66 (13th)|
|Shots For/Game||29.01 (11th)||27.65 (14th)|
|Shots Against/Game||32.62 (13th)||34.10 (16th)|
|Overall PP||19.4% (13th)||21.3% (9th)|
|Home PP||18.4% (12th)||21.9% (10th)|
|Road PP||20.4% (7th)||20.7% (6th)|
|Overall PK||82.4% (3rd)||80.1% (8th)|
|Home PK||88.0% (2nd)||81.2% (9th)|
|Road PK||78.8% (5th)||78.8% (6th)|
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 2-1 loss to the PEI Rocket last Saturday at Harbour Station. Jakub Izacky scored Saint John’s only goal. Sebastien Auger made 33 saves in the loss.
The Oceanic are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Gatineau Olympiques last Sunday. Peter Trainor and Kevin Gagne each scored twice while Francis Beauvillier added a solo marker. Philippe Desrosiers made 24 saves in the win.
The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-0 against the Oceanic this season while Rimouski is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.
Their only meeting this season came on December 2 where the Oceanic beat the Sea Dogs 4-1. Francis Beauvillier, Michael Joly, Jess Tanguy, and Alexis Loiseau scored for Rimouski while Jonathan Huberdeau scored for Saint John. Philippe Desrosiers made 27 saves for the win and Sebastien Auger made 25 in the loss.
- The last time the Sea Dogs play at Colisee de Rimouski they left with the President Cup.
- Alexandre Lavoie, acquired by Rimouski in a trade with Cape Breton, is second on the team in scoring with 49 points.
- Peter Trainor is 10th in the league in goal scoring with 26.
- Trainor is sixth in assists with 34.
- Francis Beauvillier is second in first goals with five.
- Samuel Morin is sixth in penalty minutes with 96.
- Frederik Gauthier is second in rookie scoring with 41 points.
OUT OF TOWN
Acadie-Bathurst at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Halifax - 7:00 PM AST
Gatineau at P.E.I. - 7:00 PM AST
Shawinigan at Quebec - 7:00 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EST
Rouyn-Noranda at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Sherbrooke at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EST
The Sea Dogs travel to Victoriaville to take on the Tigres tomorrow at 5pm.