Friday, December 20, 2013

GAMEDAY 34 - at Cape Breton

GAMEDAY
Saint John Sea Dogs vs Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Tonight at 7:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: Eastlink | Live: @station_nation
Centre 200 – Sydney, NS
PREVIEW
SYDNEY, NS – The first half of the 2013-14 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season comes to an end for the Saint John Sea Dogs this weekend.

The Sea Dogs are in Cape Breton to battle the Screaming Eagles tonight and tomorrow night at 7pm. With last Sunday’s game in Moncton getting cancelled, the Dogs will play game 34 of 68 this evening and 35 tomorrow.

It has not been a good first half for the rebuilding Sea Dogs. They sit in last place in the 18-team QMJHL with a 7-23-0-3 record. Shawinigan is tied with Saint John with 17 points but the Cataractes have played two more games.

Saint John got off to a decent start but the past two months have been rough to say the least. Going into tonight’s game they have lost five straight and are 1-8-0-1 in their last 10.

Oliver Cooper leads the Dogs in scoring with 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points. Rookie Nathan Noel also has a team high 11 goals.

Meanwhile, the Screaming Eagles are having their best season in years. They sit second in the Telus Maritimes Division and 10th overall with a 19-13-0-3 record. They are 7-3 in their last 10.

American Cameron Darcy continues to lead Cape Breton in scoring with 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points in 35 games.

THE NUMBERS
Cape BretonSaint John
Record19-13-0-3 (2nd Maritimes)7-23-0-3 (6th Maritimes)
Home Record10-7-0-05-10-0-2
Road Record9-6-0-32-13-0-1
Goals For/Game3.66 (6th)2.36 (17th)
Goals Against/Game3.49 (11th)3.86 (17th)
Shots For/Game32.55 (5th)29.18 (11th)
Shots Against/Game27.59 (7th)38.03 (18th)
Overall PP23.3% (7th)20.0% (12th)
Home PP29.6% (1st)20.0% (13th)
Road PP17.9% (14th)20.0% (12th)
Overall PK76.9% (12th)75.8% (16th)
Home PK74.7% (16th)78.6% (8th)
Road PK78.8% (5th)72.7% (17th)
PIM/GAME14.516.3
Attendance2,4173,029

LEADING SCORERS
Cape Breton
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Cameron Darcy35222648
William Carrier3392837
Kyle Farrell32161430

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Oliver Cooper33111829
Nathan Noel33111324
Matthew Highmore3391423

GOALTENDERS
Cape Breton
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Alex Bureau11-7-0-23.590.866
Chase Marchand5-3-0-02.490.911

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger5-18-0-33.230.915
Antoine Landry2-5-0-05.050.865

LAST GAMES
The Sea Dogs are coming off a 2-1 loss in Charlottetown last Friday. Oliver Cooper scored Saint John’s only goal while Sebastien Auger made 45 saves in the loss.


The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 3-1 loss in Moncton on Wednesday night. Charles-Eric Legare scored Cape Breton’s lone goal while Alex Bureau made 15 stops in the loss.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
The Sea Dogs are 0-2-0-1 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 3-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Their last meeting was that wild 9-6 Screaming Eagles win at Harbour Station on December 7th. Cameron Darcy had a hat trick in that game, Raphael Corriveau scored twice, and Cape Breton singles came from Kyle Farrell, Bradley Lalonde, Justin Hache, and Michael Lyle. Saint John had goals from Jason Cameron, Spencer Smallman, Nathan Noel, Oliver Cooper, Jurij Repe, and Stephen Anderson. Chase Marchand and Alex Bureau combined for 16 saves on 22 shots while Sebastien Auger and Antoine Landry combined for 38 saves on 47 shots.


NOTES
  • Cameron Darcy is seventh in QMJHL scoring with 48 points.
  • Julien Pelletier is seventh in rookie scoring with 25 points.
  • Cape Breton in 13-7-0-1 against Maritimes Division teams this season.
  • The Sea Dogs have lost 11 straight road games.

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

NEXT GAME
The unofficial ending of the first half is tomorrow night with the Dogs and Eagles meeting again at the same time and same place.

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