Friday, February 22, 2013

GAMEDAY 58 - at Halifax

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Halifax Mooseheads
Tonight at 7:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @SeaDogsLive
Halifax Metro Centre – Halifax, NS
HALIFAX, NS – With 11 games left, the Sherbrooke Phoenix are gaining ground on the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Sea Dogs currently sit 15th overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 43 points. Meanwhile, the 16th-placed Pheonix, who have two straight and are 4-6 in their last 10 games, are only three points back. Shawinigan is 17th with 35 points and Cape Breton is in last with 32.

The Sea Dogs will very likely make the playoffs and, no matter where they finish, will have a massive challenge in the first-round. But where they finish could have a big impact on the team’s future. If they end up in 15th they will select fourth overall in this year’s draft while finishing in 16th would mean picking third.

As the season winds down, this battle between the Phoenix and Sea Dogs for positioning will at least give us all something to follow and keep an eye. They’ll both be in tough tonight as Saint John takes on the Halifax Mooseheads and Sherbrooke faces the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.

The Sea Dogs and Mooseheads just met this past Wednesday at Harbour Station where Halifax won 8-3. The Moose led 4-0 after one and 8-1 after two. A win will be hard to come by for the Dogs tonight, but hopefully they improve from Wednesday’s performance.

Saint John enters play this evening with a 21-35-1-0 record which is good for fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division. They are 2-7-1-0 in their last 10 and have lost back-to-back matches.

Jakub Izacky is Saint John’s leading scorer with 30 points in 52 games this year.

Halifax enters action tonight with a 47-6-2-1 record. They sit first overall in the league, have already clinched the Maritimes Division title, and are ranked second in the Canadian Hockey League again this week.

The Moose are led by Jonathan Drouin who has 86 points in 40 games. The 2013 NHL Draft eligible forward had four points Wednesday in Saint John.

HalifaxSaint John
Record47-6-2-1 (1st Maritimes)21-35-1-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record25-2-1-011-18-0-0
Road Record22-4-1-110-17-1-0
Goals For/Game5.06 (1st)2.63 (16th)
Goals Against/Game2.61 (1st)4.00 (15th)
Shots For/Game36.17 (2nd)27.44 (14th)
Shots Against/Game25.38 (3rd)35.39 (17th)
Overall PP28.3% (2nd)21.7% (10th)
Home PP31.0% (3rd)20.5% (12th)
Road PP25.4% (2nd)22.9% (5th)
Overall PK80.2% (6th)75.3% (15th)
Home PK81.1% (10th)77.0% (13th)
Road PK79.4% (5th)73.4% (15th)

Jonathan Drouin40355186
Nathan MacKinnon41284169
Martin Frk44283967

Saint John
Jakub Izacky52181230
Pierre Durepos3451924
Stephen Anderson5291120

Zach Fucale37-5-1-12.410.905
Chris Clarke10-1-1-03.110.877

Saint John
Sebastien Auger20-26-1-03.410.903
Alex Fournier1-9-0-05.580.848

These teams played each other on Wednesday night in Saint John. The Mooseheads won the game 8-3. Martin Frk had a hat trick while Halifax singles came from Andrew Ryan, Jonathan Drouin, Luca Ciampini, MacKenzie Weegar, and Stephen MacAulay. Saint John had markers from Jurij Repe, Maxime Villemaire, and Matthew Highmore. Chris Clarke made 24 saves in the win. Sebastien Auger was pulled after allowing six goals on 21 shots. Alex Fournier allowed two goals on 19 shots in relief.

The Sea Dogs are 1-5-0-0 against the Mooseheads this season while Halifax is 5-0-1-0 against Saint John.

After tonight’s game, they meet one more time this regular season on Friday, March 15 in Halifax.

Jonathan Drouin is currently on a 21-game point streak, a streak that has seen him score 20 goals and 26 assists. He has registered at least a point in every Mooseheads game since November 30.

  • No Nathan MacKinnon again tonight for the Moose. He is still out with a knee injury.
  • Jonathan Drouin’s 86 points are good for fourth in league scoring.
  • Drouin is second in the league in power play assists with 25.
  • Drouin is fifth in shorthanded goals with four.
  • Drouin, who was +5 on Wednesday, is a league best +42.

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

The Sea Dogs host the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Sunday afternoon at 3pm at Harbour Station.

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