Sunday, September 15, 2013

GAMEDAY 2 - at Bathurst

GAMEDAY
Saint John Sea Dogs vs Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Today at 3:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
KC Irving Regional Centre – Bathurst, NB
PREVIEW
BATHURST – The Saint John Sea Dogs look to stay perfect this afternoon in Bathurst.

The Sea Dogs, 1-0-0-0 on the regular season following an opening night win on Friday, take on the Titan today at 3pm at the KC Irving Regional Centre in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

The Sea Dogs won their opener, 5-3, in Moncton over the Wildcats on Friday. It took them – and the Wildcats, too – some time to get things going but eventually the game turned into an entertaining affair. Rookie Nathan Noel tied the game at 3-3 in the third and then Kelly Bent quickly gave the Dogs a 4-3 lead. They would hang on – and add an empty netter – to win the match.

Today’s contest should feature better playing conditions. The Moncton Coliseum was basically a sauna filled with over 5,000 people. The puck was bouncing like a tennis ball at times. Today, the Sea Dogs should be able to showcase some of their skill a bit more.

The Titan are also 1-0-0-0 following an opening night win. Bathurst defeated the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-1 on Friday in front of a packed house. The Eagles opened the scoring but the Titan would score four unanswered to cruise to victory.

Although this is the first meeting of the regular season between the two, Bathurst and Saint John met four times in the pre-season. Each team won a pair of games in the mini-series.

These two teams also meet again next Saturday night at Harbour Station.

THE NUMBERS
BathurstSaint John
Record1-0-0-0 (2nd Maritimes)1-0-0-0 (4th Maritimes)
Home Record1-0-0-00-0-0-0
Road Record0-0-0-01-0-0-0
Goals For/Game4.00 (5th)5.00 (3rd)
Goals Against/Game1.00 (2nd)3.00 (9th)
Shots For/Game34.00 (7th)25.00 (13th)
Shots Against/Game35.00 (14th)36.00 (15th)
Overall PP40.0% (2nd)33.3% (3rd)
Home PP40.0% (2nd)- - -
Road PP- - -33.3% (1st)
Overall PK100% (1st)80.0% (10th)
Home PK100% (1st)- - -
Road PK- - -80.0% (4th)
PIM/GAME18.014.0
Attendance3,524- - -

LEADING SCORERS
Bathurst
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Raphael Lafontaine1101
Riley Scott1101
Alexandros Soumakis1101

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Michael Abbott1112
Stephen Anderson1112
Kelly Bent1101

GOALTENDERS
Bathurst
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Jacob Brennan1-0-0-01.000.971
Mason McDonald- - -- - -- - -

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Antoine Landry1-0-0-03.000.917
Sebastien Auger- - -- - -- - -

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-3 win over the Moncton Wildcats on Friday night. Noah Zilbert, Michael Abbott, Nathan Noel, Kelly Bent, and Stephen Anderson all scored for Saint John. Antoine Landry made 33 saves for the win.

The Titan are coming off a 4-1 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday night in front of 3,524 at the KCI Centre. Adam Stevens, Riley Scott, Alexandros Soumakis, and Raphael Lafontaine all scored for Bathurst. Jacob Brennan made 34 saves for the win.

NOTES
  • The Titan went 2/5 on the power play on Friday.
  • Bathurst has not allowed a power play against this year.
  • The Titan, like many teams in the division, are kind of a mystery this season. Not sure where they’ll finish in the standings.
  • Like Saint John, Bathurst had two first-round picks in this year's draft. They chose defenseman Guillaume Brisebois fifth overall and forward Christophe Boivin 14th overall.
  • The Sea Dogs haven't started a season 2-0 since 2010-11. They started that season 4-0.

OUT OF TOWN
Shawinigan at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EDT
Sherbrooke at Gatineau - 4:00 PM EDT
Qu├ębec at Victoriaville - 4:00 PM EDT

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs host the Titan in Saint John’s home opener next Saturday night at 7pm at Harbour Station. Tickets are now on sale.

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