Sunday, February 10, 2013

GAMEDAY 53 - vs Oceanic

GAMEDAY
Rimouski Oceanic vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Today at 3:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
PREVIEW
SAINT JOHN – Coming off a big 6-4 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday night, the Saint John Sea Dogs will look to keep the good times rolling this afternoon against the Rimouski Oceanic.

Today’s 3pm contest is the annual “Journée des Francofans” promotional game. But the much bigger event this afternoon will be the return of Kevin Gagne, the long-time Sea Dogs defenseman who was traded to the Oceanic during the holiday trading period.

Gagne has a good chance to take part in yet another lengthy playoff run. Rimouski sits fourth overall on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with a 35-12-1-5 record. They are one-point back of the Telus East Division leading Baie-Comeau Drakkar with two games in hand.

The Oceanic are led by Fredericton’s Peter Trainor who is having an impressive season. He sits fourth in the league in scoring with 81 points in 53 games.

Gagne has three goals and 19 assists in 16 games with the Oceanic this year. Former Sea Dog Scott Oke is also having a good year, registering 56 points in 42 games. Meanwhile, Maxime Gravel, a Sea Dogs draft pick who never played for the club, has 20 points in 48 games.

Saint John enters play tonight with a 20-31-1-0 record and sit fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 15th overall in the circuit. Friday’s win in Bathurst ended a seven-game losing streak for the Dogs. They are 2-7-1-0 in their last 10 games.

Jakub Izacky is Saint John’s leading scoring with 27 points in 47 games.

THE NUMBERS
RimouskiSaint John
Record35-12-1-5 (2nd Telus East)20-31-1-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record19-5-0-210-15-0-0
Road Record16-7-1-310-16-1-0
Goals For/Game3.89 (7th)2.63 (15th)
Goals Against/Game3.02 (5th)3.87 (14th)
Shots For/Game30.11 (9th)27.59 (14th)
Shots Against/Game31.45 (11th)35.02 (16th)
Overall PP22.0% (9th)21.7% (10th)
Home PP23.1% (9th)19.8% (12th)
Road PP20.9% (8th)23.4% (4th)
Overall PK82.2% (3rd)75.5% (15th)
Home PK87.5% (2nd)78.2% (13th)
Road PK78.8% (5th)73.0% (14th)
PIM/GAME13.216.0
Attendance3,6833,769

LEADING SCORERS
Rimouski
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Peter Trainor53354681
Alexandre Lavoie48284573
Scott Oke42243256

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jakub Izacky47161127
Pierre Durepos2951722
Stephen Anderson478917

GOALTENDERS
Rimouski
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Robin Gusse21-11-0-13.400.885
Marc-Antoine Gervais1-1-0-05.250.897

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger19-23-1-03.260.906
Alex Fournier1-8-0-05.720.844

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-4 victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday night. Maxime Villemaire scored twice while singles came from Jakub Izacky, Andreas Tsogkas, Spencer Smallman, and Stephen Anderson.  Pierre Durepos recorded four assists. Alex Fournier made 43 saves for the win.

The Oceanic are coming off a 3-2 loss to the PEI Rocket in Charlottetown on Friday. Alexandre Lavoie and Jean-Francois Plante each scored for the visitors. Robin Gusse made 35 saves in the loss. Rimouski was scheduled to play in Moncton last night but the game was postponed due to the snow storm.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Saint John is 0-2-0-0 against Rimouski this season while the Oceanic are 2-0-0-0 against the Sea Dogs.

Their last meeting was on January 11 in Rimouski where the Oceanic steamrolled the Sea Dogs, 9-1. Peter Trainor had four goals, Alexandre Lavoie three, and Anthony DeLuca and Frederik Gauthier each added singles. Brett Malone had Saint John’s only goal. Philippe Desrosiers made 15 saves in the win. Sebastien Auger was pulled after allowing six goals on 27 shots. Alex Fournier allowed three on 15 shots in relief.

NOTES
  • Peter Trainor is fourth in the league in scoring with 81 points.
  • Trainor is sixth in goals with 35.
  • Trainor is third in assists with 46.
  • Keven Gagne is second in power play assists with 24.
  • Francis Beauvillier is seventh in first goals with six.
  • Samuel Morin is fourth in penalty minutes with 117.
  • Frederick Gauthier is second in rookie scoring with 52 points.
  • Oceanic goaltender Philippe Desrosiers is hurt. 
  • The Sea Dogs have Rimouski’s first-round pick for this year’s draft.
  • It’s certainly possible that these two could meet in the first-round of the playoffs.

OUT OF TOWN
Moncton at P.E.I. - 4:00 PM AST
Shawinigan at Quebec - 3:00 PM EST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Drummondville - 4:00 PM EST
Sherbrooke at Rouyn-Noranda - 4:00 PM EST
Gatineau at Victoriaville - 4:00 PM EST

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs host the Shawinigan Cataractes on Thursday night at Harbour Station.

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