Wednesday, February 27, 2013

GAMEDAY 60 - vs Screaming Eagles

GAMEDAY
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 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 – Two teams on four-game losing streaks meet tonight at Harbour Station.

The Saint John Sea Dogs, coming off a tough 1-0 loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Sunday, battle the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, coming off a large 12-2 loss in Moncton last night, this evening at 7pm. $8 upper bowl tickets are available.

Both teams have had a rough stretch recently as the regular season winds down. Along with being on four-game losing skids, both squads have just two victories in their past 10 games.

It has been a much worse season for Cape Breton than Saint John. The Screaming Eagles enter play today with a 12-40-3-5 record and sit dead last in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. With eight games left on their schedule, they are nine points behind the 16th-place Sherbrooke Phoenix. It doesn’t look like the Eagles will be appearing in this year’s post-season.

William Carrier leads Cape Breton in scoring with 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points in 34 games this season. Unfortunately for the Eagles he has not played since December 14 because of injury.

Saint John enters action this evening with a 21-37-1-0 record which is good for fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 15th overall. They are trying to stay ahead of the Phoenix who are just two points back. Each team has nine games remaining.

Jakub Izacky leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 19 goals and 12 assists for 31 points in 54 games.

This could be an entertaining game to watch or it could be just… blah. We’ll see. Hopefully the Sea Dogs can play the same way they did in the first two periods of Sunday’s game.



THE NUMBERS
Cape BretonSaint John
Record12-40-3-5 (6th Maritimes)21-37-1-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record7-18-3-111-19-0-0
Road Record5-22-0-410-18-1-0
Goals For/Game2.30 (17th)2.55 (16th)
Goals Against/Game4.47 (18th)3.98 (14th)
Shots For/Game25.52 (17th)27.19 (14th)
Shots Against/Game34.87 (15th)35.51 (17th)
Overall PP15.3% (17th)21.0% (13th)
Home PP16.0% (17th)19.8% (13th)
Road PP14.8% (16th)22.1% (6th)
Overall PK74.9% (16th)74.9% (15th)
Home PK76.3% (14th)77.2% (13th)
Road PK73.8% (14th)72.4% (17th)
PIM/GAME13.416.1
Attendance2,4563,844

LEADING SCORERS
Cape Breton
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
William Carrier34162642
Michael Clarke59171532
Bronson Beaton60131730

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jakub Izacky54191231
Pierre Durepos3451924
Stephen Anderson5491221

GOALTENDERS
Cape Breton
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
David Honzik3-21-0-14.260.876
Alex Bureau5-7-1-05.290.858

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger20-27-1-03.360.905
Alex Fournier1-10-0-05.610.846

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 1-0 loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Sunday afternoon at Harbour Station. Sebastien Auger made 44 saves in the losing cause.


The Screaming Eagles got destroyed in Moncton in last night, losing 12-2 to the Wildcats. Cape Breton goals came from Justin Hache and Nick Marois. David Honzik gave up eight goals on 28 shots while Alex Bureau allowed four on 11.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Saint John is 4-2-0-0 against Cape Breton this season while the Screaming Eagles are 2-3-0-1 against the Sea Dogs.

Their last meeting was on January 22 at Centre 200 where the Screaming Eagles defeated the Sea Dogs 2-1. Charles-Eric Legare and Justin Hache scored for Cape Breton while Pierre Durepos had Saint John’s only goal. Alex Fournier made 35 saves in the loss while David Honzik made 25 for the win.


NOTES
  • In support of P.R.O. Kids, donations of Canadian Tire money will be collected at the front doors of Wednesday’s game.
  • The Screaming Eagles are 4-23-2-4 against the Maritimes Division this season.
  • The Eagles have multiple wins against just two teams this season: Drummondville and Saint John.
  • Cape Breton is averaging 4.47 goals against per game, the worst average in the league.
  • Today is Matthew Highmore’s 17th birthday.
  • Today is Connor Donaghey’s 19th birthday.

OUT OF TOWN
Sherbrooke at Rimouski - 7:00 PM EST
Halifax at Shawinigan - 7:00 PM EST
P.E.I. at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EST

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs host the Victoriaville Tigres on Friday night at 7:30pm at Harbour Station.

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