Saturday, November 23, 2013

GAMEDAY 27 - at Halifax

GAMEDAY
Saint John Sea Dogs vs Halifax Mooseheads
Tonight at 7:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None
Halifax Metro Centre – Halifax, NS
PREVIEW
HALIFAX – The Saint John Sea Dogs will try to end a seven-game losing streak tonight in Halifax.

The Sea Dogs’ latest losing skid was extended to seven with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles last night. Nathan Noel scored Saint John’s only goal while Sebastien Auger made 39 saves in 65 minutes of action.

Tonight, things won’t get any easier for the Dogs as they take on the Mooseheads at the Metro Centre at 7pm.

Halifax has found their mojo again. They have won eight straight games, are 9-1-0-0 in their last 10 games, and sit second overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with a 20-8-0-0 record.

These two met two weeks ago and Saint John nearly completed a big time third period comeback but fell short, 7-5. They’ll need to play like they did in that third period tonight if they want to pull off an upset.

THE NUMBERS
HalifaxSaint John
Record20-8-0-0 (1st Maritimes)6-17-0-3 (6th Maritimes)
Home Record11-4-0-04-6-0-2
Road Record9-4-0-02-11-0-1
Goals For/Game4.18 (3rd)2.39 (17th)
Goals Against/Game2.84 (3rd)3.65 (14th)
Shots For/Game32.65 (4th)30.08 (9th)
Shots Against/Game27.05 (5th)37.41 (18th)
Overall PP21.7% (10th)21.3% (11th)
Home PP17.5% (16th)21.1% (12th)
Road PP27.0% (4th)21.4% (10th)
Overall PK78.6% (9th)78.9% (7th)
Home PK84.7% (3rd)85.7% (2nd)
Road PK72.6% (15th)72.3% (16th)
PIM/GAME16.117.2
Attendance7,6323,002

LEADING SCORERS
Halifax
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Jonathan Drouin18143044
Nikolaj Ehlers28152136
Brent Andrews26161834

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Oliver Cooper2671421
Olivier LeBlanc2651419
Nathan Noel269918

GOALTENDERS
Halifax
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Zach Fucale16-5-0-02.750.893
Kevin Darveau4-3-0-03.020.905

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger4-14-0-32.940.922
Antoine Landry2-3-0-04.990.860

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles last night at Harbour Station. Nathan Noel scored Saint John’s only goal while Sebastien Auger made 39 saves in the loss.

The Mooseheads destroyed the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 9-2 last night at the Metro Centre. Brent Andrews and Mackenzie Weegar each had two goals while singles came from Andrew Ryan, Vincent Watt, Nikolaj Ehlers, Jonathan Drouin, and Luca Ciampini. Drouin and Darcy Ashley each had four assists. Zach Fucale made 25 saves.

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

Their last meeting was two weeks ago at the Metro Centre when the Moose defeated the Sea Dogs 7-5. Brent Andrews, Matt Murphy, and Nikolaj Ehlers each had two goals while Jonathan Drouin added a single. Stephen Anderson had a pair of goals for Saint John and Will Thompson, Nathan Noel, and Noah Zilbert also scored. Zach Fucale made 17 saves while the combo of Sebastien Auger and Antoine Landry made 39.

NOTES
  • Jonathan Drouin has put up unlimited points this month. He has 28 points so far in November.
  • Drouin is second in the league in scoring with 44 points. He is 11 points back of Anthony Mantha who has played six more games.
  • Mooseheads goaltender Zach Fucale leads the league in wins with 16.
  • Nikolaj Ehlers leads all rookies in scoring with 36 points.

OUT OF TOWN
Charlottetown at Baie-Comeau - 4:00 PM EST
Moncton at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EST
Qu├ębec at Rimouski - 4:00 PM EST
Victoriaville at Shawinigan - 4:00 PM EST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:00 PM EST
Sherbrooke at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs host the Charlottetown Islanders on Wednesday night at Harbour Station.

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