Friday, February 1, 2013

GAMEDAY 49 - at Gatineau

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Gatineau Olympiques
Tonight at 8:30pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Robert Guertin Arena – Gatineau, Que.
GATINEAU, Que. – Two teams on losing streaks meet tonight in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

The Saint John Sea Dogs, losers of four straight, are in Gatineau to face the Olympiques, losers of two straight, tonight at 8:30pm. It’s been a rougher stretch for the Sea Dogs who are just 1-9-0-0 over their past 10 games.

The Dogs enter play tonight with a 19-29-0-0 record which is good for fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 15th overall. The top 16 teams make the playoffs and the Sherbrooke Phoenix, who are four points back of Saint John, hold the final spot.

This is the second game of a three-game road trip through Quebec for the Port City juniors. They fell 2-1 in Victoriaville on Wednesday, battle the Olympiques this evening, and travel to Shawinigan for a 5pm rematch of the Memorial Cup semi-final tomorrow.

Jakub Izacky leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 15 goals and eight assists for 23 points in 43 games.

Gatineau enters play this evening with a 21-24-1-2 record and sit fifth in the Telus West Division and 13th overall in the league. They are seven points ahead of Saint John in the standings.

Emile Poirier leads the ‘Piques in scoring with 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 points in 45 games.

Both of these teams are fighting for playoff positioning. Only seven points separate them in the standings. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

GatineauSaint John
Record21-24-1-2 (5th West)19-29-0-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record9-13-0-110-14-0-0
Road Record12-11-1-19-15-0-0
Goals For/Game3.28 (11th)2.56 (15th)
Goals Against/Game3.78 (13th)3.80 (14th)
Shots For/Game 26.37 (15th)27.24 (14th)
Shots Against/Game30.34 (9th)34.62 (16th)
Overall PP16.7% (15th)19.4% (13th)
Home PP11.3% (18th)20.0% (12th)
Road PP22.0% (7th)18.9% (10th)
Overall PK78.3% (9th)76.5% (13th)
Home PK74.1% (17th)78.6% (11th)
Road PK81.3% (3rd)74.3% (12th)

Emile Poirier45202747
Martin Reway33152338
Adam Chapman48132538

Saint John
Jonathan Huberdeau30162945
Jakub Izacky4315823
Pierre Durepos2541115

Robert Steeves8-5-0-23.460.881
Eric Brassard6-7-0-03.810.870

Saint John
Sebastien Auger19-22-0-03.220.906
Alex Fournier0-7-0-05.900.839

The Sea Dogs are coming off a 2-1 loss in Victoriaville on Wednesday night. Stephen Anderson scored Saint John’s only goal and Sebastien Auger made 31 saves in the loss.

The Olympiques are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs last Sunday. Adam Chapman, Emile Poirier, and Kameron Kielly all scored for Gatineau. Eric Brassard made 18 saves in the loss.

The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Olympiques this season while Gatineau is 0-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Their only previous meeting this season was way back on September 29 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Olympiques 3-1. Ryan Tesink had two goals and Jonathan Huberdeau added a single for Saint John. Tomas Hyka scored for Gatineau. Sebastien Auger made 34 saves in the win while Michael Nishi made 22 in the loss.

Defenseman Jurij Repe tweeted today that he will return to the Sea Dogs lineup tonight.

Repe has not played since November 25 due to breaking his hand at the division 1 world juniors. He has two goals and two assists in 22 games this season.

Gatineau defenseman Gabriel Bourret will face his former team tonight. Bourret played with Saint John during the 2010-11 season and with Chicoutimi last season. In 46 games with the Olympiques, Bourret has five goals and 24 assists.

  • The Sea Dogs acquired defenseman Michael Abbott from the Olympiques during the holiday trading period. He had two goals and three assists in 31 games with Gatineau prior to the deal.
  • Taylor Burke has the second most shorthanded goals in the league with seven.
  • Adam Chapman has the second most penalty minutes with 134.
  • Emile Poirier leads the league in shorthanded assists with five.
  • The Sea Dogs are 4-7-0-0 against Telus West Division teams this season.

Cape Breton at P.E.I. - 7:00 PM AST
Drummondville at Quebec - 7:00 PM EST
Rouyn-Noranda at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Halifax at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Victoriaville at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EST
Acadie-Bathurst at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EST
Moncton at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EST

The Sea Dogs wrap up their road trip tomorrow in Shawinigan.

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