Saturday, September 28, 2013

GAMEDAY 6 - vs Phoenix

GAMEDAY
Sherbrooke Phoenix vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
PREVIEW
SAINT JOHN – Two young teams battle this evening at Harbour Station.

The Sherbrooke Phoenix make their only trip to Saint John this season to face the Sea Dogs at 7pm in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. This is the first non-Maritime opponent the Sea Dogs have faced this season.

Much like the Sea Dogs, the Phoenix have plenty of young talent in their lineup. Along with players like Daniel Audette and Carl Neill, they also have defenseman Jeremy Roy who was taken one spot after Nathan Noel in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft.

In their expansion season the Phoenix finished 15th overall - which was one spot ahead of the Sea Dogs. This season, Sherbrooke is off to a 1-4-0-0 start and currently sit 17th overall in the league. Only the Shawinigan Cataractes, who have just one point thanks to an overtime loss, have gotten off to a worse start.

Audette leads the Phoenix in scoring with one goal and six assists for seven points in five games. Roy and Jean-Francois Plante each have two goals to lead the team.

The Sea Dogs meanwhile enter play tonight with a 2-2-1-0 record which places them 11th overall in the league. They are 1-0-0-1 at home this year.

Stephen Anderson (3G, 2A) and Oliver Cooper (1G, 4A) are tied for the team lead in points with five each. Anderson has a team high three goals.

Goaltender Sebastien Auger has been unreal as expected. He has the league’s second best goals against average (1.96) and the best save percentage (0.954). He has started the last three games including last night in Charlottetown so it would not be surprising to see Antoine Landry between the pipes today.

THE NUMBERS
SherbrookeSaint John
Record1-4-0-0 (6th West)2-2-0-1 (4th Maritimes)
Home Record1-1-0-01-0-0-1
Road Record0-3-0-01-2-0-0
Goals For/Game2.60 (17th)2.36 (18th)
Goals Against/Game4.00 (14th)2.75 (5th)
Shots For/Game25.40 (15th)30.10 (10th)
Shots Against/Game36.60 (17th)38.95 (18th)
Overall PP20.0% (11th)12.9% (16th)
Home PP25.0% (10th)15.4% (15th)
Road PP15.4% (9th)11.1% (13th)
Overall PK83.3% (4th)76.2% (12th)
Home PK71.4% (18th)87.5% (6th)
Road PK90.9% (2nd)69.2% (13th)
PIM/GAME27.418.0
Attendance3,2673,109

LEADING SCORERS
Sherbrooke
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Daniel Audette5167
Jeremy Roy5224
William Couture5134

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Stephen Anderson5325
Oliver Cooper5145
Michael Abbott4134

GOALTENDERS
Sherbrooke
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Francis Desrosiers1-3-0-03.260.910
Gabriel Parent0-1-0-06.000.842

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger1-1-0-11.960.954
Antoine Landry1-1-0-03.500.896

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 loss last night in Charlottetown. Saint John goals came from Stephen Anderson and Spencer Smallman. Goaltender Sebastien Auger was busy as usual, making 42 saves in the loss.

The Phoenix are coming off a 3-2 loss last night in Bathurst. Daniel Audette and Jeremy Roy each had goals for Sherbrooke. Francis Desrosiers made 37 saves in the loss.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
This is the first meeting of the season between the two. Last year, the Sea Dogs went 1-2-0-0 against the Phoenix while Sherbrooke went 2-1-0-0 against Saint John.

NOTES
  • The Sea Dogs have scored eight of their 12 goals in third periods this season.
  • The Sea Dogs goals per game average of 2.36 is the worst in the league. They are also allowing the most shots per game with an average of 38.95.
  • Neither the Sea Dogs nor Phoenix have out shot an opponent this season.
  • Sherbrooke's average of 27.4 penalty minutes per game is the highest in the league.
  • The Phoenix have really nice jerseys.

OUT OF TOWN
Moncton at Drummondville - 4:00 PM EDT
Rouyn-Noranda at Victoriaville - 4:00 PM EDT
Cape Breton at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:00 PM ADT
Baie-Comeau at Halifax - 7:00 PM ADT
Shawinigan at Gatineau - 7:00 PM EDT
Val-d'Or at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EDT

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs host the Memorial Cup Champion Halifax Mooseheads on Tuesday night at 7pm at Harbour Station.

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