Friday, December 13, 2013

GAMEDAY 33 - at Charlottetown

GAMEDAY
Saint John Sea Dogs vs Charlottetown Islanders
Tonight at 7:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Eastlink Centre – Charlottetown, PEI
PREVIEW
CHARLOTTETOWN – Someone is going to win tonight’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League contest between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Charlottetown Islanders. Both teams could really use a win these days.

The Sea Dogs enter action on a four-game losing streak and are 1-8-0-1 in their last 10 games while the Islanders have lost nine straight and are 1-7-0-2 in their last 10. To say both teams could use a win is an understatement.

The two meet tonight at 7pm at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown.

Charlottetown lost their ninth straight on home ice on Wednesday night, falling 5-4 in a shootout to the Moncton Wildcats. It’s been a bad few weeks for the Isles who were 11-8-1-2 a month ago. Today, they sit fourth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 13th overall with a 13-16-1-4 record.

Rookie Daniel Sprong continues to lead the Isles in scoring with 15 goals and 21 assists for 36 points in 34 games. He is tied for the team lead in both goals and assists.

Meanwhile, the Dogs will look to end yet another losing streak with a win against Charlottetown. Saint John ended a nine-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Islanders on November 2nd and ended an eight-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win over the Isles on November 27th.

Saint John has two wins in their past 23 games – both against Charlottetown. But both of those matches were played at the friendly confines of Harbour Station. The Dogs have struggled on the road this year and have a record of 2-12-0-1.

Oliver Cooper leads the Port City in scoring with 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points in 32 games. Nathan Noel leads the squad in goals with 11.

THE NUMBERS
CharlottetownSaint John
Record13-16-1-4 (4th Maritimes)7-22-0-3 (6th Maritimes)
Home Record6-7-1-35-10-0-2
Road Record7-9-0-12-12-0-1
Goals For/Game3.14 (11th)2.41 (17th)
Goals Against/Game3.63 (14th)3.92 (17th)
Shots For/Game32.52 (4th)29.28 (11th)
Shots Against/Game36.92 (17th)37.76 (18th)
Overall PP23.2% (8th)20.3% (12th)
Home PP25.0% (7th)20.0% (13th)
Road PP21.0% (11th)20.8% (12th)
Overall PK77.2% (11th)75.5% (16th)
Home PK79.3% (5th)78.6% (8th)
Road PK75.5% (14th)71.8% (17th)
PIM/GAME19.416.3
Attendance2,4023,029

LEADING SCORERS
Charlottetown
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Daniel Sprong34152136
Jack Nevins34122133
Alexandre Goulet34151025

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Oliver Cooper32101828
Nathan Noel32111324
Matthew Highmore3291322

GOALTENDERS
Charlottetown
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Eric Brassard5-6-0-03.020.915
Antoine Bibeau7-10-1-43.370.911

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger5-17-0-33.280.913
Antoine Landry2-5-0-05.050.865

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a wild a wild 9-6 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Saturday night at Harbour Station. Jason Cameron, Spencer Smallman, Nathan Noel, Oliver Cooper, Jurij Repe, and Stephen Anderson all scored for Saint John. Sebastien Auger made 21 saves before getting pulled midway through the second. Antoine Landry made 17 saves in relief.


The Islanders are coming off a 5-4 shootout loss to the Moncton Wildcats on Wednesday night. Jack Nevins, Alexis Pepin, Ryan Graves, and Anthony Cortese scored for the Isles in regulation. Antoine Bibeau made 28 saves in the loss.


HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Sea Dogs are 2-2-0-1 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 3-1-0-1 against Saint John.

Their last meeting was on November 27th at Harbour Station when the Sea Dogs defeated the Islanders 3-2 in a shootout. Jurij Repe and Oliver Cooper scored for Saint John while Daniel Sprong and Spenser Cobbold scored for Charlottetown. Sebastien Auger made 24 saves in the win while Antoine Bibeau made 32 in the loss.


NOTES
  • Tonight is Charlottetown’s final home game before the Christmas break.
  • The Sea Dogs have lost 10 straight road games. They have just two road wins all year.
  • The Islanders have lost six straight at home.
  • Jack Nevins is second in the league in penalty minutes with 87.
  • Daniel Sprong sits second in rookie scoring with 36 points. Alexandre Goulet is sixth with 25 points while Nathan Noel is eighth with 24.
  • Sprong is also second amongst rookies in goals (15) and assists (21).
  • The Islanders are only 3-10-1-3 when scoring first.

OUT OF TOWN
Moncton at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Gatineau at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EST
Halifax at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Victoriaville at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EST
Acadie-Bathurst at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EST

NEXT GAME
The Sea Dogs are in Moncton to battle the Wildcats on Sunday at 4pm.

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