Moncton Wildcats vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7:00pm
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Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
SAINT JOHN – The second half of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season begins tonight.
For the Saint John Sea Dogs, their push to make the QMJHL playoffs begins this evening. The Dogs currently sit 17th overall in the league with a 9-23-0-3 record and are nine points back of the Sherbrooke Phoenix who hold the final playoff spot.
Saint John’s first game of the second half will be tonight’s match against the Moncton Wildcats. The puck drops at 7pm at Harbour Station.
Saint John’s first half certainly wasn’t great, but they did end it on a high note with back-to-back road wins over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Hopefully they are able to pick up where they left off.
Oliver Cooper leads the Dogs in scoring with 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points in 35 games.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats ended the first half on an even more positive note by winning their eighth straight game last Saturday in Halifax. Moncton sits second in the Telus Maritimes Division and 10th overall with a 20-17-0-2 record.
Conor Garland and Ivan Barbashev each have 37 points to lead the Wildcats in scoring.
These two teams meet again tomorrow afternoon in Moncton.
|Record||20-17-0-2 (2nd Maritimes)||9-23-0-3 (6th Maritimes)|
|Goals For/Game||3.03 (11th)||2.43 (16th)|
|Goals Against/Game||3.03 (5th)||3.76 (17th)|
|Shots For/Game||29.82 (11th)||28.77 (13th)|
|Shots Against/Game||31.02 (10th)||37.69 (18th)|
|Overall PP||17.3% (14th)||20.2% (13th)|
|Home PP||20.2% (12th)||20.0% (13th)|
|Road PP||14.0% (15th)||20.5% (11th)|
|Overall PK||84.1% (1st)||76.3% (15th)|
|Home PK||78.2% (10th)||78.6% (9th)|
|Road PK||89.5% (1st)||74.1% (16th)|
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The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-2 win over the Screaming Eagles in Sydney last Sunday. Oliver Cooper had two goals while Kelly Bent and Stephen Anderson added solo markers. Sebastien Auger made 31 saves in the win.
The Wildcats are coming off a 2-1 win over the Mooseheads in Halifax last Saturday. Christopher Caissy and Josh Pugsley scored for the ‘Cats. Alex Dubeau made 36 saves in the win.
The Sea Dogs are 1-3-0-0 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 3-1-0-0 against Saint John.
Their last meeting was on November 7th in Moncton when the Wildcats defeated the Sea Dogs 8-3. Ryan Penny had a hat trick for the ‘Cats while Conor Garland, Will Smith, Ivan Barbashev, Cameron Yarwood, and Christophe Lalonde added singles. Jeremy Doucet, Matthew Highmore, and Noah Zilbert scored for Saint John. Antoine Landry made 31 saves in the loss while Alex Dubeau made 35 in the win.
- Ivan Barbashev is currently playing with Team Russia at the World Juniors in Sweden.
- Moncton currently leads the all-important Rivalry Cup standings 3-1.
- Oliver Cooper and Christophe Lalonde have each scored in four straight games.
- New to the Sea Dogs roster tonight: Nicolas Hebert acquired in a trade and call ups Mathieu Joseph and Bailey Webster.
For jersey-number junkies, Webster will wear 2 for @SeaDogsHockey, while Hebert will be 41 and Joseph 42 #NewSeaDogs #Welcome
— Tim Roszell (@TimGRoszell) December 28, 2013
OUT OF TOWN
Chicoutimi at Baie-Comeau - 4:00 PM EST
Victoriaville at Shawinigan - 4:00 PM EST
Drummondville at Sherbrooke - 4:00 PM EST
Acadie-Bathurst at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM AST
Cape Breton at Halifax - 7:00 PM AST
Moncton at Saint John - 7:00 PM AST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Gatineau - 7:00 PM EST
Rimouski at Québec - 7:00 PM EST
Rouyn-Noranda at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST
The Sea Dogs are in Moncton to battle the Wildcats tomorrow afternoon at 4pm.