Wednesday, February 20, 2013

GAMEDAY 57 - vs Mooseheads

GAMEDAY
Halifax Mooseheads vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
PREVIEW
SAINT JOHN – Stephen MacAulay returns to Harbour Station tonight to face his old team.

MacAulay, traded to the Halifax Mooseheads during the holiday trading period, has 10 goals and eight assists in 17 games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s top team. He’ll be honoured tonight when his new team faces off against his old team at 7pm.

The 20-year old defensive forward helped Saint John have plenty of success over the years and now he is doing the same in Halifax. The Mooseheads sit atop the QMJHL standings with a 46-6-2-1 record for 95 points. They are 13 points ahead of the second-place Rimouski Oceanic with two games in hand.

The Moose have won four straight and are 8-2-0-0 in their last 10 games. They are also 21-4-1-1 on the road this year.

Halifax is led by their young guns in Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon. Drouin leads the squad in scoring with 82 points in 39 games while MacKinnon is second with 69 in 41. MacKinnon will not play tonight due to a knee injury.

Like Saint John the past few years, the Mooseheads are loaded with stars. Along with MacKinnon and Drouin, their roster also includes the likes of Martin Frk, Konrad Abeltshauser, Matt Murphy, and Zach Fucale.

Saint John enters play tonight with a 21-34-1-0 record which is good for fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 15th overall. They are 2-7-1-0 in their last 10 games.

Jakub Izacky leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 29 points in 51 games.

This is the first game of a home-and-home series between the Dogs and Moose. They meet again on Friday in Halifax.

THE NUMBERS
HalifaxSaint John
Record46-6-2-1 (1st Maritimes)21-34-1-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record25-2-1-011-17-0-0
Road Record21-4-1-110-17-1-0
Goals For/Game5.00 (1st)2.62 (16th)
Goals Against/Game2.60 (1st)3.93 (14th)
Shots For/Game36.10 (2nd)27.45 (14th)
Shots Against/Game25.36 (3rd)35.30 (17th)
Overall PP28.0% (2nd)21.7% (10th)
Home PP31.0% (3rd)20.5% (12th)
Road PP24.8% (2nd)22.9% (5th)
Overall PK80.2% (6th)75.6% (15th)
Home PK81.1% (10th)77.6% (13th)
Road PK79.4% (5th)73.4% (15th)
PIM/GAME12.716.1
Attendance8,4473,777

LEADING SCORERS
Halifax
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jonathan Drouin39344882
Nathan MacKinnon41284169
Martin Frk43253863

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jakub Izacky51181129
Pierre Durepos3351924
Stephen Anderson5191120

GOALTENDERS
Halifax
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Zach Fucale37-5-1-12.410.905
Chris Clarke9-1-1-03.120.876

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger20-25-1-03.310.905
Alex Fournier1-9-0-05.670.846

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-2 loss in Charlottetown on Saturday night. Michael Abbott and Stephen Anderson scored for Saint John while Alex Fournier allowed five goals on 37 shots in the loss.


The Mooseheads are coming off a 5-2 win in Charlottetown on Sunday afternoon. Martin Frk, Stephen MacAulay, Brennan Bailey, Jonathan Drouin, and Brent Andrews scored for the Moose. Zach Fucale made 32 saves in the win.


HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Sea Dogs are 1-4-0-0 against the Mooseheads this season while Halifax is 4-0-1-0 against Saint John.

Their last meeting was on January 4 at the Halifax Metro Centre where the Sea Dogs defeated the Mooseheads 3-2 in overtime. Stephen MacAulay, Pierre Durepos, and Jakub Izacky had goals for Saint John while Halifax had markers from Max Lindsay and Stefan Fournier. Sebastien Auger made 43 saves in the win while Zach Fucale made 21 in the loss. This game was played during the world junior break so the Moose were missing some key offensive players.


NOTES
  • Including this game, the Sea Dogs and Mooseheads have three more meetings this season.
  • According to the Mooseheads Twitter, they will be without the services in Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Falkenham, Trey Lewis, and Brian Lovell this evening.
  • Jonathan Drouin is sixth in the league in assists with 48.
  • Stephen MacAulay and Stefan Fournier are fifth and sixth in power play goals with 14.
  • Drouin is second in power play assists with 25.
  • Drouin is fifth in shorthanded goals with four.
  • Drouin leads the league in insurance goals with nine.
  • Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon, and MacKenzie Weegar are all a league best +37.

OUT OF TOWN
Blainville-Boisbriand at Rimouski - 7:00 PM EST
Shawinigan at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs travel to Halifax to face the Mooseheads on Friday night at 7pm.

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