Friday, February 15, 2013

GAMEDAY 55 - vs Wildcats

GAMEDAY
Moncton Wildcats vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7:30pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
PREVIEW
SAINT JOHN – Coming off a disappointing loss to the Shawinigan Cataractes last night, the Saint John Sea Dogs are back at it tonight at Harbour Station. The Port City squad hosts the Moncton Wildcats this evening at 7:30pm.

The Sea Dogs have dropped two straight and are 1-8-1-0 in their last 10 games. The team has some breathing room in the playoff race, but Sherbrooke and Shawinigan are slowly beginning to catch up.

Saint John enters play tonight with a 20-33-1-0 record. They sit fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 15th overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Dogs are 10-17-0-0 at Harbour Station.

Jakub Izacky continues to lead Saint John in scoring with 17 goals and 11 assists for 28 points in 49 games. Izacky had the game tying goal in last night’s loss to Shawinigan.

The Wildcats have certainly picked up the pace following the holiday trading period. They are 8-2-0-0 in their last 10 games and have a record of 34-18-1-0, good for second in the Maritimes Division and fifth overall. The ‘Cats are unlikely to catch the division leading Halifax Mooseheads but are still in a heated race for playoff positioning in the overall standings.

Dmitrij Jaskin leads the Wildcats in scoring with 81 points in 43 games but he will not play tonight due to a suspension. But, Moncton still has plenty of fire power with the likes of the Saulnier twins and Phillip Danault.

This is the second game of a three-in-three stretch for the Sea Dogs. They travel to PEI tomorrow.

THE NUMBERS
MonctonSaint John
Record34-18-1-0 (2nd Maritimes)20-33-1-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record21-6-1-010-17-0-0
Road Record13-12-0-010-16-1-0
Goals For/Game4.05 (2nd)2.61 (15th)
Goals Against/Game3.02 (6th)3.93 (14th)
Shots For/Game36.10 (2nd)27.52 (14th)
Shots Against/Game26.95 (5th)35.06 (16th)
Overall PP28.5% (2nd)21.9% (9th)
Home PP32.6% (2nd)20.3% (12th)
Road PP22.8% (5th)23.4% (4th)
Overall PK77.6% (11th)75.3% (15th)
Home PK81.7% (9th)77.5% (13th)
Road PK72.7% (15th)73.0% (14th)
PIM/GAME16.615.9
Attendance4,3933,766

LEADING SCORERS
Moncton
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Dmitrij Jaskin43394281
Allain Saulnier53224567
Alex Saulnier53224264

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jakub Izacky49171128
Pierre Durepos3151823
Stephen Anderson4981018

GOALTENDERS
Moncton
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Alex Dubeau25-14-1-02.790.896
Cole Holowenko8-4-0-03.090.886

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger19-25-1-03.340.904
Alex Fournier1-8-0-05.730.844

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Shawinigan Cataractes last night at Harbour Station. Michael Abbott and Jakub Izacky each scored for Saint John. Sebastien Auger made 23 saves in the loss.


The Wildcats are coming off a 2-0 loss to the Rimouski Oceanic on Monday night at the Moncton Coliseum. Alex Dubeau made 29 stops in the loss.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Sea Dogs are 4-2-0-0 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 2-3-1-0 against Saint John.

Their last meeting was on January 20 in Moncton where the Wildcats easily defeated the Sea Dogs, 7-0. Ross Johnston and Alex Saulnier each had two goals while singles came from Ryan Penny, Phillip Danault, and Christophe Lalonde. Alex Dubeau made 23 stops for the shutout win while Sebastien Auger made 30 in the loss.

SUSPENDED
The Wildcats will be without their top scorer tonight. Dmitrij Jaskin has been suspended three games by the league for a hit to the head he delivered in Monday’s loss to Rimouski. Jaskin is fourth in the league in scoring with 39 goals and 42 assists for 81 points.


NOTES
  • MonctonSports.com has a game preview.
  • Jaskin is third in the league in goals with 39. He ain’t playing tonight.
  • Phillip Danault is sixth in the league in assists with 45.
  • Yannick Veilleux is third in power play goals with 15.
  • Jonathan Racine is eighth is penalty minutes with 112.
  • This will probably be the final time the Wildcats play in Saint John this season.
  • It’s Hawaiian Night at Harbour Station.

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

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs travel to Charlottetown to battle the PEI Rocket tomorrow at 7pm.

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