Sunday, October 13, 2013

GAMEDAY 11 - vs Islanders

GAMEDAY
Charlottetown Islanders vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Today at 3pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
PREVIEW
SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs don’t have much time to think about last night’s 3-0 loss in Halifax.

Less than 24 hours after being shutout at the Metro Centre by the Halifax Mooseheads, the Sea Dogs are right back at it this afternoon at Harbour Station against the Charlottetown Islanders. Game time is 3pm.

The Sea Dogs struggled to get anything going offensively in last night’s loss. They fired juts 21 shots on Mooseheads backup goaltender Kevin Darveau with only eight of them being considered “dangerous shots” by the league. That’s just not going to get it done.

The loss dropped Saint John to 5-4-0-1 on the season. They sit fourth overall in the Telus Maritimes Division with 10 points but are just four points back of the division leading Islanders and one point ahead of the basement dwelling Titan. This is quite the division this season.

The Sea Dogs have had a good time on home ice so far this year. They are 3-0-0-1 at Harbour Station and have outscored opponents 12-7. Today’s game kicks of a four game homestand for the Dogs.

Michael Abbott, who missed last night’s game with the flu, leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with four goals and six assists for 10 points. Rookie Nathan Noel leads the squad in goals with five.

Meanwhile, the Islanders enter action today with a 7-2-0-1 record, good for first in the Maritimes and third overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Despite the solid record, the Isles have just a +3 goal differential having outscored opponents 39-36.

Jack Nevins leads Charlottetown in scoring with three goals and 10 assists for 13 points. Rookie Daniel Sprong is second on the team in scoring with 11 points.

This is the third meeting of the season between the Sea Dogs and Islanders. Charlottetown has won both of those games but each were one goal wins.

THE NUMBERS
CharlottetownSaint John
Record7-2-0-1 (1st Maritimes)5-4-0-1 (4th Maritimes)
Home Record3-1-0-13-0-0-1
Road Record4-1-0-02-4-0-0
Goals For/Game3.77 (4th)2.75 (12th)
Goals Against/Game3.48 (12th)2.85 (5th)
Shots For/Game33.97 (3rd)29.21 (11th)
Shots Against/Game34.84 (15th)36.20 (17th)
Overall PP33.3% (1st)21.7% (9th)
Home PP32.0% (4th)32.0% (5th)
Road PP34.8% (1st)14.3% (15th)
Overall PK84.2% (1st)80.0% (8th)
Home PK88.5% (2nd)86.7% (4th)
Road PK80.6% (6th)76.7% (12th)
PIM/GAME21.016.9
Attendance2,7302,933

LEADING SCORERS
Charlottetown
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jack Nevins1031013
Daniel Sprong105611
Matej Beran10459

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Michael Abbott84610
Stephen Anderson10448
Oliver Cooper10178

GOALTENDERS
Charlottetown
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Antoine Bibeau4-1-0-13.470.906
Eric Brassard2-1-0-03.730.884

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger3-3-0-12.270.939
Antoine Landry2-1-0-03.570.895

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Mooseheads last night at the Halifax Metro Centre. Sebastien Auger made 33 saves in the loss.

The Islanders are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday night in Charlottetown. The Isles blew a 2-0 lead in the loss. Kameron Kielly and Yan Pavel Laplante had goals for Charlottetown. Antoine Bibeau made 35 saves in the loss.


HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-1 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 2-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Their last meeting was on September 27th at Eastlink Centre where the Islanders defeated the Sea Dogs 3-2. Stephen Anderson and Spencer Smallman had goals for Saint John while Charlottetown had goals from Matthew Bursey, Troy Vance, and Kameron Kielly. Sebastien Auger made 42 saves in the loss while Antoine Bibeau made 26 in the win.


NOTES
  • The Islanders named Jack Nevins captain earlier this week.
  • Daniel Sprong’s 11 points tie him for the league lead in rookie scoring.
  • Kameron Kielly had six points in 60 games with the Gatineau Olympiques last season. He already has eight points in 10 games this year.
  • Last night’s game was the first time this season the Sea Dogs have been shutout.

OUT OF TOWN
Blainville-Boisbriand at Cape Breton - 4:00 PM ADT
Moncton at Qu├ębec - 3:00 PM EDT
Acadie-Bathurst at Baie-Comeau - 4:00 PM EDT
Gatineau at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EDT
Shawinigan at Rimouski - 4:00 PM EDT

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs host the Moncton Wildcats on Wednesday night.

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