Friday, September 27, 2013

GAMEDAY 5 - at Charlottetown

GAMEDAY
Saint John Sea Dogs vs Charlottetown Islanders
Tonight at 7pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: Eastlink | Live: @station_nation
Eastlink Centre – Charlottetown, PEI
GAMEDAY
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Charlottetown Islanders have been perfect so far.

The Islanders are off to a 4-0-0-0 start this Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season and are joined by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada as the only unbeaten teams remaining. Charlottetown will put their perfect record on the line this evening when they host the Saint John Sea Dogs at 7pm at Eastlink Centre.

Charlottetown needed a nine round shootout last Sunday to keep their record intact. Troy Vance scored in the ninth round of the breakaway contest to give the Islanders a 3-2 victory over the Sea Dogs at Harbour Station. It was a physical affair with the two teams combining for 45 hits. It was also a game with great goaltending as Eric Brassard and Sebastien Auger both played very well in net.

The Islanders are led offensively by Jack Nevins who has two goals and four assists for six points in four games. Matej Beran and Kameron Kielly both have five points. They have outscored opponents 16-10 in four games.

The Sea Dogs enter action today with a 2-1-0-1 record and sit third in the Maritimes Division. The Dogs have been outscored 11-10 in four games. They will no doubt be looking for some revenge after a tough loss last Sunday to the Isles.

Three players on Saint John have four points – Stephen Anderson (2G, 2A), Michael Abbott (1G, 3A), and Oliver Cooper (1G, 3A) – to lead the team. Anderson and rookie Nathan Noel are tied for the team lead in goals with two apiece.

The biggest story of last weekend’s action was the play of goaltender Sebastien Auger. The netminder allowed just three goals on 85 shots in two games en route to being named the QMJHL first star of the week and the CHL goaltender of the week.

Last Sunday’s game between these two was a good and close one. Hopefully tonight’s match is as well.

THE NUMBERS
CharlottetownSaint John
Record4-0-0-0 (1st Maritimes)2-1-0-1 (3rd Maritimes)
Home Record2-0-0-01-0-0-1
Road Record2-0-0-01-1-0-0
Goals For/Game3.84 (5th)2.45 (17th)
Goals Against/Game2.40 (3rd)2.69 (4th)
Shots For/Game37.44 (2nd)30.61 (11th)
Shots Against/Game32.88 (12th)37.47 (18th)
Overall PP28.6% (3rd)15.4% (15th)
Home PP25.0% (10th)15.4% (15th)
Road PP33.3% (1st)15.4% (10th)
Overall PK81.5% (7th)76.5% (13th)
Home PK86.7% (8th)87.5% (7th)
Road PK75.0% (7th)66.7% (15th)
PIM/GAME20.519.0
Attendance2,8473,109

LEADING SCORERS
Charlottetown
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jack Nevins4246
Matej Beran4145
Kameron Kielly4145

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Stephen Anderson4224
Michael Abbott4134
Oliver Cooper4134

GOALTENDERS
Charlottetown
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Antoine Bibeau2-0-0-02.880.918
Eric Brassard1-0-0-01.850.944

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger1-0-0-11.440.965
Antoine Landry1-1-0-03.500.896

LAST GAMES
The Islanders defeated the Sea Dogs 3-2 in a nine round shootout last Sunday at Harbour Station. Marcus Cuomo and Nathan Noel scored for Saint John while Charlottetown had goals from Daniel Sprong and Yan Pavel Laplante. Eric Brassard made 34 saves in the win while Sebastien Auger made 38 in the loss. Troy Vance scored the shootout winner.


HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Sea Dogs are 0-0-0-1 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

NOTES
  • PEI natives on the Sea Dogs: Jason Cameron, Spencer Smallman, Stephen Anderson, and Alexander McQuaid.
  • It sounds like defenseman Thomas Chabot will be returning to the Sea Dogs lineup tonight. [Twitter]
  • The Guardian has an article on Yan-Pavel Laplante.
  • The Charlottetown Civic Centre has been renamed Eastlink Centre.
  • The Islanders website has a game preview.

OUT OF TOWN
Sherbrooke at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:00 PM ADT
Chicoutimi at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EDT
Moncton at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EDT
Val-d'Or at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EDT
Rimouski at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EDT
Rouyn-Noranda at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EDT

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs host the Sherbrooke Phoenix tomorrow night at 7pm at Harbour Station.

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