Halifax Mooseheads vs Saint John Sea Dogs
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Halifax Metro Centre – Halifax, NS
HALIFAX – The Saint John Sea Dogs are back in action tonight as they make their first visit to the Halifax Metro Centre this season.
The Sea Dogs sit fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 12th overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with a 5-3-0-1 record. The Sea Dogs and Rimouski Oceanic are the only teams in the league who have played less than 10 games heading into today’s action.
Saint John is 2-3-0-0 on the road but are coming off yet another come-from-behind victory. On Sunday in Bathurst, the Sea Dogs overcame an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Titan 5-4 in a shootout. Although the Sea Dogs are hovering near the .500 mark, they have been very entertaining and have kept most of their games close this season. Hopefully that can continue tonight in the Big City.
The Sea Dogs have been getting scoring from a lot of different people so far. Defenseman Michael Abbott leads Saint John in scoring with four goals and six assists for 10 points. Stephen Anderson and Oliver Cooper each have eight points.
Goaltender Sebastien Auger should get the start today. He has the second best goals against average in the league (2.15) and the best save percentage (0.942).
Meanwhile, the defending Memorial Cup champions enter action today with a 6-6-0-0 record and sit third in the Maritimes Division and 11th overall. They are just one point ahead of the Sea Dogs in the standings and have played three more games.
Andrew Ryan leads the Moose in scoring with six goals and five assists for 11 points in 12 games. Rookie Nikolaj Ehlers is second on the team in points with nine.
This is the first of a tough couple games for the Sea Dogs this weekend. Tomorrow afternoon they host the top team in the Maritimes, the Charlottetown Islanders, at 3pm.
|Record||6-6-0-0 (3rd Maritimes)||5-3-0-1 (4th Maritimes)|
|Goals For/Game||2.54 (16th)||3.05 (11th)|
|Goals Against/Game||2.95 (5th)||2.84 (4th)|
|Shots For/Game||29.65 (10th)||30.11 (9th)|
|Shots Against/Game||27.44 (7th)||36.22 (17th)|
|Overall PP||19.6% (12th)||24.1% (9th)|
|Home PP||11.1% (18th)||32.0% (5th)|
|Road PP||27.6% (4th)||17.2% (11th)|
|Overall PK||81.0% (6th)||78.9% (9th)|
|Home PK||89.5% (1st)||86.7% (4th)|
|Road PK||76.9% (11th)||73.9% (12th)|
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-4 shootout win over the Titan in Bathurst last Sunday. Joey Richard had two goals while singles came from Michael Abbott and Nathan Noel. Matthew Highmore had two assists. Antoine Landry made 34 saves in the win.
The Mooseheads are coming off a 4-3 loss to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada last night at the Metro Centre. Luca Ciampini, Andrew Ryan, and Ryan Falkenham had goals for the Mooseheads. MacKenzie Weegar had two assists. Zach Fucale made 20 saves in the loss.
The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Mooseheads this season while Halifax is 0-1-0-0 against Saint John.
Their only previous meeting this season came on October 1st at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Mooseheads 4-2. Michael Abbott had two goals for Saint John in that game while singles came courtesy of Olivier LeBlanc and Matthew Highmore. Halifax goals came from Nikolaj Ehlers and Ryan Falkenham. Sebastien Auger made 30 saves in the win while Zach Fucale made 21 in the loss.
- The Sea Dogs have 299 wins in franchise history heading into tonight's game.
- Jonathan Drouin did not play for the Mooseheads last night due to a groin injury. He is day-to-day.
- Trey Lewis is out with a labral tear in his hip, according to Willy Palov.
- Nikolaj Ehlers is fourth in rookie scoring with nine points and Nathan Noel is eighth with seven points. The two are tied for third in rookie goal scoring with five.
- Michael Abbott is third in defenseman scoring with 10 points in eight games.
- The Moose are 2-4-0-0 against Maritimes Division teams.
OUT OF TOWN
Gatineau at Baie-Comeau - 4:00 PM EDT
Acadie-Bathurst at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EDT
Moncton at Rimouski - 4:00 PM EDT
Drummondville at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:00 PM EDT
Sherbrooke at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EDT
The Sea Dogs host the Charlottetown Islanders tomorrow afternoon at 3pm at Harbour Station.