Wednesday, January 16, 2013

GAMEDAY 43 - at Moncton

GAMEDAY
Saint John Sea Dogs vs Moncton Wildcats
Tonight at 7:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Moncton Coliseum – Moncton, NB
PREVIEW
MONCTON – The Saint John Sea Dogs will put their perfect 4-0 record against the Moncton Wildcats on the line tonight. The Dogs and ‘Cats clash this evening at 7pm at the Moncton Coliseum to make up the cancelled December 30 game.

While the Sea Dogs have had success against the Wildcats this season, they haven’t had much success over their past few weeks of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Saint John has lost four straight and are just 2-8-0-0 in their last 10 games.

The Sea Dogs’ latest rough patch came this past weekend in Quebec. Saint John lost all three games on their road trip and were outscored 18-5.

Saint John enters action today with an 18-24-0-0 record. They sit fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 15th overall in the league.

The Wildcats enter play today with a 25-16-1-0 record. They sit second in the Telus Maritimes Division and seventh overall in the QMJHL.

Despite being 22 points back of the league leading Halifax Mooseheads, the Wildcats opted to buy during the trading period. They landed the big fish, acquiring Chicago Blackhawks prospect Phillip Danault in a big time deal on deadline day. He’ll play his second game for the Wildcats this evening.

Tonight’s game kicks off a busy stretch for the Sea Dogs. They play two home games this weekend and travel to Cape Breton next Tuesday.

THE NUMBERS
MonctonSaint John
Record25-16-1-0 (2nd Maritimes)18-24-0-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record15-5-1-09-12-0-0
Road Record10-11-0-09-12-0-0
Goals For/Game3.86 (6th)2.76 (15th)
Goals Against/Game3.34 (7th)3.82 (15th)
Shots For/Game 35.28 (2nd)27.28 (14th)
Shots Against/Game26.76 (5th)34.66 (18th)
Overall PP27.4% (3rd)20.8% (12th)
Home PP33.0% (3rd)21.9% (12th)
Road PP19.2% (11th)19.8% (9th)
Overall PK75.0% (15th)78.0% (9th)
Home PK80.4% (10th)81.2% (9th)
Road PK69.2% (17th)74.7% (12th)
PIM/GAME16.715.6
Attendance4,2113,775

LEADING SCORERS
Moncton
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Allain Saulnier42203656
Dmitrij Jaskin32252954
Alex Saulnier42193049

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jonathan Huberdeau30162945
Jakub Izacky3713619
Oliver Cooper416814

GOALTENDERS
Moncton
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Alex Dubeau18-12-1-03.120.882
Cole Holowenko6-4-0-03.220.882

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger18-18-0-03.090.909
Alex Fournier0-6-0-06.770.819

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Phoenix in Sherbrooke on Sunday afternoon. The Dogs were out shot 43-23. Sebastien Auger made 40 saves in the loss.

The Wildcats are coming off a 5-3 win over the Gatineau Olympiques on Saturday night at the Moncton Coliseum. Dmitrij Jaskin scored twice while singles came from Ryan Penny, Alex Saulnier, and Ivan Barbashev. Alex Dubeau allowed three goals on 16 shots in the win.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Sea Dogs are 4-0-0-0 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 0-3-1-0 against Saint John.

Their last meeting was on New Year’s Eve at Harbour Station where Saint John beat Moncton 3-1. Noah Zilbert scored all three Sea Dogs goals. Yannick Veilleux scored the only goal for the Wildcats. Sebastien Auger made 48 saves in the win while Cole Holowenko made 19 stops in the loss.


NOTES
  • Allain Saulnier is fifth in the league in assists with 36.
  • Yannick Veilleux is third in power play goals with 13.
  • Dmitrij Jaskin is eighth in insurance goals with four.
  • Jonathan Racine is eighth in penalty minutes with 95.
  • Ivan Barbashev is fifth in rookie scoring with 35 points.
  • Jaskin is fifth in total shots with 165.
  • It’s “Wild Wednesday” at the game or something.

OUT OF TOWN
P.E.I. at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:30 PM AST

The CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is also being played tonight in Halifax.

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Saturday night at 7pm at Harbour Station.

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