Sunday, March 10, 2013

GAMEDAY 65 - at Cape Breton

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Today at 4:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Centre 200 – Sydney, NS
SYDNEY, NS – For the final time this season, the Saint John Sea Dogs and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles meet. Game time today is 4pm at Centre 200 for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League contest.

This is a fairly significant game for Saint John if they want to move up in the standings. With four games to play on their regular season schedule, the Sea Dogs find themselves in 16th-place, one-point back of the 15th-place Sherbrooke Phoenix. The Screaming Eagles are the only opponent left on Saint John’s schedule that does not sit in the upper half of the league. So if the Dogs want to pick up points and move ahead of Sherbrooke, today’s match is crucial.

Where the Sea Dogs finish will determine their playoff seed and where they select in June’s QMJHL Entry Draft (unless the Tesink/Armada thing screws that up).

The Sea Dogs enter play today with a 23-40-1-0 record which places them fifth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 16th overall. Saint John is 10-19-1-0 on the road this season and have been outscored 136-84.

Saint John is 3-7-0-0 in their last 10 games and are coming off a 2-1 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday night at Harbour Station. It was the Sea Dogs’ final home game of the regular season.

Jakub Izacky is the Sea Dogs’ active leading scorer with 20 goals and 15 assists for 35 points in 59 games.

Cape Breton has already been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, putting the cherry on top of a terrible season.

The Screaming Eagles sit dead last in the league with a 13-43-3-5 record. Not that it matters a whole lot, but Cape Breton sits three points back of the 17th-place Shawinigan Cataractes with four games to play.

William Carrier is still Cape Breton’s leading scorer with 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points in 34 games. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Carrier has not played since December 14 due to injury. That’s the kind of season it has been in the CB.

Cape BretonSaint John
Record13-43-3-5 (6th Maritimes)23-40-1-0 (5th Maritimes)
Home Record8-20-3-113-21-0-0
Road Record5-23-0-410-19-1-0
Goals For/Game2.31 (17th)2.54 (16th)
Goals Against/Game4.46 (18th)3.89 (14th)
Shots For/Game25.67 (17th)27.47 (14th)
Shots Against/Game34.79 (14th)36.21 (18th)
Overall PP14.8% (17th)20.1% (13th)
Home PP15.0% (18th)18.7% (13th)
Road PP14.7% (15th)21.6% (8th)
Overall PK74.9% (16th)76.1% (14th)
Home PK75.5% (16th)78.8% (12th)
Road PK74.4% (13th)73.0% (15th)

Cape Breton
William Carrier34162642
Michael Clarke63171835
Bronson Beaton64131932

Saint John
Jakub Izacky59201535
Stephen Anderson59121426
Pierre Durepos3952126

Cape Breton
David Honzik4-22-0-14.270.877
Alex Bureau5-9-1-05.180.856

Saint John
Sebastien Auger22-29-1-03.290.908
Alex Fournier1-11-0-05.500.855

The Sea Dogs are coming off a 2-1 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday night at Harbour Station. Stephen Anderson and Maxime Villemaire each scored for Saint John. Sebastien Auger made 44 saves in the win.

The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 6-0 loss to the PEI Rocket on Friday night. David Honzik allowed five goals on 33 shots while Alex Bureau allowed one on seven shots.

The Sea Dogs are 5-2-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 2-4-0-1 against Saint John. This is their final meeting of the regular season.

The two teams last met on February 27 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Screaming Eagles 4-2. Matthew Highmore had two goals while singles came from Connor Donaghey and Stephen Anderson for Saint John. Stephen Woodworth and Clark Bishop had goals for Cape Breton. Sebastien Auger made 39 saves in the win while Alex Bureau made 30 in the loss.

  • The Eagles play their final home game of the regular season on Wednesday against Halifax.
  • The Eagles have two wins against just two teams this season: Saint John and Drummondville.
  • Black and Yellow forever.

Acadie-Bathurst at P.E.I. - 3:00 PM ADT
Halifax at Moncton - 4:00 PM ADT
Quebec at Blainville-Boisbriand - 4:00 PM EDT
Val-d'Or at Drummondville - 4:00 PM EDT
Shawinigan at Victoriaville - 4:00 PM EDT

The Sea Dogs travel to Moncton to battle the Wildcats on Wednesday night.

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