Friday, February 8, 2013

GAMEDAY 52 - at Bathurst

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Tonight at 7:30pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
KC Irving Regional Centre – Bathurst, NB
BATHURST – As the biggest snow storm of our life time enters the province, the Saint John Sea Dogs head north to battle the Acadie-Bathurst Titan tonight. Game time is 7:30pm at the KC Irving Regional Centre.

These are some bad times in Sea Dogs land. Saint John has lost seven straight games entering tonight’s road contest. Their last win was a shootout victory over the last-place Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on January 19. Their last regulation time win was on December 31.

The Dogs have been trying to get their 20th win of the season for a long time now. They enter action this evening with a 19-31-1-0 record and sit fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 15th overall in the league.

Saint John is five points up on the Sherbrooke Phoenix (16th) and nine points ahead of the Shawinigan Cataractes (17th). The top 16 teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League make the playoffs.

The team ahead of the Sea Dogs in the standings is the Titan. They’ve played three games than the Sea Dogs but have a significant nine-point lead on Saint John. Bathurst is 21-27-5-1 on the season and sit fourth in the division and 14th overall.

The Titan have not been too hot of late either. They are just 3-6-1-0 over their past 10 games.

Bathurst is led by Zach O’Brien who has 75 points in 52 games this season. Jakub Izacky is Saint John’s leading scorer with 25 points in 46 games.

BathurstSaint John
Record21-27-5-1 (4th Maritimes)19-31-1-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record10-13-2-110-15-0-0
Road Record11-14-3-09-16-1-0
Goals For/Game3.37 (11th)2.56 (15th)
Goals Against/Game3.90 (15th)3.86 (14th)
Shots For/Game33.41 (5th)27.43 (14th)
Shots Against/Game36.34 (18th)34.79 (16th)
Overall PP22.4% (6th)20.5% (13th)
Home PP19.4% (13th)19.8% (12th)
Road PP25.2% (2nd)21.2% (9th)
Overall PK74.2% (17th)75.6% (15th)
Home PK76.6% (15th)78.2% (13th)
Road PK72.1% (17th)73.1% (14th)

Zach O'Brien52363975
Michael Beaudry52283765
Marc-Olivier Brouillard46193251

Saint John
Jonathan Huberdeau30162945
Jakub Izacky46151025
Pierre Durepos2851318

Jacob Brennan17-20-2-13.480.899
Mason McDonald4-7-3-04.380.895

Saint John
Sebastien Auger19-23-1-03.260.906
Alex Fournier0-8-0-05.910.833

The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-3 loss to the PEI Rocket last night at Harbour Station. Pierre Durepos, Noah Zilbert, and Mackenzie Brown all scored for Saint John. Sebastien Auger made 37 saves in the loss.

The Titan are coming off an 8-4 loss to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Wednesday at the KC Irving Regional Centre. Christophe Lalancette scored twice while singles came from Alexandre Gosselin and Marc-Olivier Brouillard. Jacob Brennan allowed three goals on 10 shots before getting pulled. Mason McDonald made 43 stops in relief.

The Sea Dogs are 2-3-0-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 3-1-1-0 against Saint John.

Their last meeting was on December 29 at Harbour Station where the Titan defeated the Sea Dogs 5-1. Patrick Walsh, Adam Stevens, Adam Zboril, Zach O’Brien, and Michael Beaudry scored for Bathurst while Saint John’s lone goal came from Stephen Anderson. Jacob Brennan made 26 saves in the win. Sebastien Auger made 35 in the loss.

  • Bathurst is still struggling at the gate, averaging a league worst 1,401 fans per game.
  • Zach O’Brien is fifth in the league in goals with 36.
  • O’Brien is fourth in shorthanded goals with four.
  • Patrik Zdrahal is 10th in rookie scoring with 33 points.
  • Matthew Bissonnette is ninth in shorthanded assists with two.
  • O’Brien leads the league in shots with 251.
  • The Sea Dogs have allowed 199 goals this season entering tonight’s game.

Baie-Comeau at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Rimouski at P.E.I. - 7:00 PM AST
Halifax at Moncton - 8:00 PM AST
Chicoutimi at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EST
Gatineau at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EST
Quebec at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EST
Drummondville at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST

The Halifax-Moncton game is on Sportsnet tonight.

The Sea Dogs host Kevin Gagne and the Rimouski Oceanic on Sunday afternoon at 3pm.

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