Friday, October 4, 2013

GAMEDAY 8 - at Cape Breton

Saint John Sea Dogs vs Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Tonight at 7pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: Eastlink | Live: @station_nation
Centre 200 – Sydney, NS

SYDNEY – Two of the top teams in the Maritimes Division meet tonight at Centre 200 in Sydney.

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, who sit third in the division with a 3-2-0-2 record, host the Saint John Sea Dogs, 4-2-0-1 and second in the division, this evening at 7pm in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

Both of these teams have played fairly well of late. Saint John has won back-to-back games heading into tonight’s contest while Cape Breton is 3-0-0-1 in their past four games.

The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-2 victory over the Halifax Mooseheads on Tuesday night at Harbour Station. Michael Abbott had a pair of goals in that game. Saint John’s power play has really been clicking lately and went 3-for-6 on Tuesday.

Abbott’s three-point night pushed him back into the team point lead with eight (three goals and five assists) points. Stephen Anderson is second on the squad in points with seven while Olivier LeBlanc and Oliver Cooper each have six. Abbott, Anderson, and Nathan Noel are all tied for the team goal scoring lead with three each.

The Screaming Eagles have turned things around after starting the year off with three straight loses. They are, however, coming off a shootout loss on Sunday in Rimouski where they were only able to record 17 shots on goal.

Cape Breton is led by American forward Cameron Darcy who is off to a great star. He sits in a tie for the league point lead with 14 (four goals and 10 assists) in seven games this year. Darcy, a 10th-round pick of the Eagles in the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft, spent last season with the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks and Northeastern University.

Much like Saint John, Cape Breton is in rebuild mode. This is the first meeting of the year between the two and hopefully this is the beginning of a solid season series.

Cape BretonSaint John
Record3-2-0-2 (3rd Maritimes)4-2-0-1 (2nd Maritimes)
Home Record2-1-0-03-0-0-1
Road Record1-1-0-21-2-0-0
Goals For/Game3.49 (9th)2.82 (13th)
Goals Against/Game3.35 (10th)2.40 (2nd)
Shots For/Game31.81 (5th)28.52 (12th)
Shots Against/Game32.93 (13th)37.13 (18th)
Overall PP25.6% (6th)23.3% (7th)
Home PP43.8% (1st)32.0% (5th)
Road PP14.8% (13th)11.1% (16th)
Overall PK76.9% (13th)78.6% (10th)
Home PK76.5% (14th)86.7% (6th)
Road PK77.3% (6th)69.2% (14th)

Cape Breton
Cameron Darcy741014
Jeremy Beaudry7178
Julien Pelletier7426

Saint John
Michael Abbott6358
Stephen Anderson7347
Olivier LeBlanc7246

Cape Breton
Maxime Lagace1-2-0-13.190.908
Alex Bureau2-0-0-12.920.903

Saint John
Sebastien Auger3-1-0-11.780.954
Antoine Landry1-1-0-03.500.896

The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-2 win over the Halifax Mooseheads on Tuesday night at Harbour Station. Michael Abbott scored twice while singles came from Olivier LeBlanc and Matthew Highmore. Sebastien Auger made 30 saves in the win.

The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss in Rimouski on Sunday. Matthew Donnelly had a pair of goals while Charles-Eric Legare also scored. Alex Bureau made 28 saves in the loss.

This is the first meeting of the season between the two.

The Sea Dogs went 5-3-0-0 last year against the Screaming Eagles while Cape Breton went 3-4-0-1 against Saint John.

  • Cameron Darcy’s 10 assists are the most in the league.
  • Clark Bishop has four power play goals which ties him for the league lead.
  • Darcy’s seven power play points are the most in the league.
  • Michael Abbott is third in defensemen scoring with eight points.
  • Saint John still hasn’t out shot an opponent this season.

Acadie-Bathurst at Moncton - 7:00 PM ADT
Halifax at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EDT
Rimouski at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EDT
Drummondville at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EDT
Shawinigan at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EDT
Charlottetown at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EDT

The Sea Dogs are in Bathurst on Sunday afternoon to battle the Titan.

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