Saturday, September 21, 2013

GAMEDAY 3 - vs Titan

Acadie-Bathurst Titan vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7pm
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Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
SAINT JOHN – No matter the league or sport, home openers are always fun to be a part of.

The Saint John Sea Dogs will hold their ninth ever home opener tonight at Harbour Station. The Sea Dogs are still a somewhat young organization but there have been plenty of memorable moments in past home openers. Here’s a quick look back:

2005 – The Sea Dogs first ever game
2006 – Dave Bouchard’s overtime goal
2007 – An ugly 6-1 loss to Cape Breton
2008 – Karel St. Lauent’s shutout of the Foreurs
2009 – Alexandre Leduc scores with seconds left in OT
2010 – Ryan Tesink scores twice in QMJHL debut
2011 – Missing pretty much the entire team due to NHL camps
2012 – The final banner raising of a special era
2013 - ?

This will be the first home opener since 2009 that the Sea Dogs will not celebrate some kind of championship/title win. Crazy when you think about it.

The Sea Dogs host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan this evening at 7pm at the Station. The two teams have gotten to know each other quite well over the past few weeks so hopefully we’ll see a good match tonight.

Saint John is 1-1 after an opening weekend split on the road. They defeated the Moncton Wildcats 5-3 last Friday and then lost 4-1 to the Titan in Bathurst last Sunday.

Defenseman Michael Abbott leads Saint John in scoring with one goal and two assists for three points.

Meanwhile, the Titan enter play with a 2-0 record and have outscored opponents 8-2 so far. This will be their first road contest of the year.

Leading Bathurst in scoring is Raphael Lafontaine (two goals and one assist) and Francois Godin (three assists) who each have three points.

BathurstSaint John
Record2-0-0-0 (2nd Maritimes)1-0-0-0 (4th Maritimes)
Home Record2-0-0-00-0-0-0
Road Record0-0-0-01-1-0-0
Goals For/Game4.00 (4th)3.00 (10th)
Goals Against/Game1.00 (1st)3.50 (11th)
Shots For/Game32.50 (7th)27.50 (12th)
Shots Against/Game32.50 (11th)33.50 (15th)
Overall PP44.4% (1st)15.4% (15th)
Home PP44.4% (3rd)- - -
Road PP- - -15.4% (11th)
Overall PK100% (1st)66.7% (16th)
Home PK100% (1st)- - -
Road PK- - -66.7% (13th)
Attendance2,767- - -

Raphael Lafontaine2213
Francois Godin2033
Alexandros Soumakis2202

Saint John
Michael Abbott2123
Stephen Anderson2112
Kelly Bent2101

Jacob Brennan1-0-0-01.000.971
Mason McDonald1-0-0-01.000.967

Saint John
Antoine Landry1-1-0-03.500.896
Sebastien Auger- - -- - -- - -

These two teams met last Sunday at the KC Irving Regional Centre with Bathurst coming out on top, 4-1. Anthony Gingras, Adam Stevens, Alexandros Soumakis, and Raphael Lafontaine all scored for Bathurst while Oliver Cooper had Saint John’s lone goal. Mason McDonald made 29 saves in the win while Antoine Landry made 27 in the loss.

The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

  • Tickets to this game re listed as “good” on the Harbour Station website.
  • Bathurst is a perfect 13/13 on the penalty kill this season.
  • Will we see Lukas Walter vs Lucas Grundy again tonight?
  • Saint John and Blainville-Boisbriand are the only teams that have not scored a goal in the first period this year.
  • The Sea Dogs were 13-21-0-0 at Harbour Station last season.

Blainville-Boisbriand at Shawinigan - 4:00 PM EDT
Gatineau at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:00 PM EDT
Victoriaville at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EDT

The Sea Dogs host the Charlottetown Islanders tomorrow afternoon at 3pm at Harbour Station.

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