Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sea Dogs Notebook

The Sherbrooke Phoenix lost 8-1 to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar today, meaning they will remain just one-point ahead of the Sea Dogs for 15th-place in the overall QMJHL standings.

The Phoenix have three games remaining in the regular season – all of them road games.

So with Saint John just one-point back, this makes tomorrow’s Sea Dogs game in Cape Breton a big one. Of Saint John’s final four games, the Eagles are the only opponent that sits below the Dogs in the standings. Game time in Sydney is 4pm tomorrow.

The Sea Dogs round out their schedule with games in Moncton, Halifax, and Charlottetown this week. 

Goaltender Sebastien Auger has been Saint John’s most valuable player this season and he has the numbers to back it up.

Auger has the fourth best save percentage in the QMJHL at 0.908. The four netminders ahead of him – the Armada’s Etienne Marcoux, the Rocket’s Antoine Bibeau, and the Remparts’ Francois Brassard – all play for teams in the upper half of the league.

Auger has also played the second most minutes (3025:30) of any goaltender and has made the most saves (1,637).

The Anaheim Ducks officially announced the signing of former Sea Dogs defenseman Kevin Gagne on Wednesday. The 20-year old signed a three-year entry-level deal with the NHL club.

Contract details were not announced by the Ducks but Cap Geek does have them.

Since joining the Rimouski Oceanic in December, Gagne has six goals and 28 assists for 34 points in 27 games.

Some unfortunate news about former Sea Dog Brett Gallant who is currently with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

According to the Connecticut Post, “Gallant suffered the injury Feb. 22 in Springfield, 17 days after signing his first NHL contract.”

According to, Gallant is second in the AHL in fights this season with 26. The Sound Tigers, the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, lead the AHL in fights with 85.

Former Sea Dogs forward Danick Gauthier was sent down to the East Coast Hockey League’s Florida Everblades earlier this week. The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect had been playing with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.

Gauthier made an immediate impact, scoring in his first game as the Everblades defeated Charles-Olivier Roussel and the Cincinnati Cyclones 5-4 in overtime.

Gauthier, who had 47 goals with Saint John last year, had five goals and two assists in 29 games with Syracuse.

If you missed it, Sea Dogs forward Noah Zilbert was named the Sea Dogs Student of the Month for February. Zilbert is attending St. Malachy’s High School.

The list of winners from around the league can be found here.

Jonathan Huberdeau made some history this week, scoring another penalty shot goal.

As of tonight, Huberdeau is second in rookie scoring with 12 goals and five assists for 17 points. He is three points back of Tampa Bay’s Cory Conacher.

Huberdeau’s 12 goals are the most by any rookie and good for 14th in the entire NHL.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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