Saturday, December 28, 2013

GAMEDAY 36 - vs Wildcats

GAMEDAY
Moncton Wildcats vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live: @station_nation
Harbour Station – Saint John, NB
PREVIEW
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.

THE NUMBERS
MonctonSaint John
Record20-17-0-2 (2nd Maritimes)9-23-0-3 (6th Maritimes)
Home Record9-9-0-15-10-0-2
Road Record11-8-0-14-13-0-1
Goals For/Game3.03 (11th)2.43 (16th)
Goals Against/Game3.03 (5th)3.76 (17th)
Shots For/Game29.82 (11th)28.77 (13th)
Shots Against/Game31.02 (10th)37.69 (18th)
Overall PP17.3% (14th)20.2% (13th)
Home PP20.2% (12th)20.0% (13th)
Road PP14.0% (15th)20.5% (11th)
Overall PK84.1% (1st)76.3% (15th)
Home PK78.2% (10th)78.6% (9th)
Road PK89.5% (1st)74.1% (16th)
PIM/GAME14.316.1
Attendance3,8373,029

LEADING SCORERS
Moncton
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Conor Garland39152237
Ivan Barbashev29132437
Christophe Lalonde35211334

Saint John
PlayerGPGoalsAssistsPoints
Oliver Cooper35141832
Matthew Highmore3591726
Nathan Noel35111324

GOALTENDERS
Moncton
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Alex Dubeau20-15-0-22.530.919
Jason Rioux- - -- - -- - -

Saint John
GoaltenderRecordGAASV%
Sebastien Auger7-18-0-33.150.917
Antoine Landry2-5-0-05.050.865

LAST GAMES
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.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
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.

NOTES
  • 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.
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 Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EST
Rouyn-Noranda at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST

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

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