Thursday, October 17, 2013

News & Notes From Wednesday's Game

Stuff from yesterday’s game…
  • The Wildcats opened the scoring at 9:31 of the first period on a power play. Moncton improved to 5-0-0-0 when scoring first.
  • Saint John’s scoring troubles continued despite getting close to 40 shots on goal (with many of them being quality chances). The Sea Dogs could only get one of their 39 shots past Alex Dubeau in the 3-1 loss. Saint John has scored two goals in their past three games combined.
  • Rothesay native and former Saint John Vito Mark Simpson had a goal and an assist in this game. He was named first star.
  • Penalties were certainly an issue for the Sea Dogs last night. They gave the Wildcats eight power play opportunities – including multiple five-on-three chances. That’s just not good. Stephen Anderson had six penalty minutes, Oliver Cooper four, and Jason Cameron four.
  • Speaking of Anderson, his stat line is a bit weird from this game. Despite taking three minor penalties, he was a +1 and had seven shots. Anderson could have easily had a couple goals in this game if not for some good saves from Dubeau.
  • Kyle Haas and Lukas Walter dropped the gloves just a couple minutes into the game. The two fought each other twice – or at least tried too – in the pre-season.
  • The Sea Dogs are now below the .500 mark with a 5-6-0-1 record.
  • Moncton forward Ivan Barbashev left the game in the first period and did not return. According to the Times & Transcript, the Russian forward “caught his skate in a rut in the ice” and it is “initially thought to be a minor injury.”
  • Sea Dogs scratches were forwards Marcus Cuomo (hand), Kelly Bent (serving one-game suspension), and Juraj Siska (back) along with defensemen Will Thompson (upper body) and Jurij Repe (wrist).
  • Another tiny crowd of 2,730 at this game. The Sea Dogs are now averaging 2,864 fans per game after six home games. Saturday’s game, which is ‘Pink in the Rink’ and features the Remparts, should tell us something about the state of the Sea Dogs attendance.
  • The all-important Rivalry Cup is now tied 1-1.

NOTES: People in the Irving Community Zone were great in this game… $2,824 went to the 50/50 winner… Ryan Penny had five shots and seven hits… Matthew Highmore had nine shots… Anderson and Michael Abbott each had seven shots… Olivier LeBlanc had four hits... this was just the second time this season that Saint John out shot an opponent... ton of scouts at this game.

HIGHLIGHTS: SeaDogsTV breaking the low, yo.
NEXT GAME: The Quebec Remparts are in town on Saturday to take on the Sea Dogs at 7pm. It is ‘Pink in the Rink Night’ at Harbour Station.

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