Monday, December 30, 2013

News & Notes From Sunday's Game

Some stuff from yesterday’s game…
  • After all the struggles this team had in October and November, they end the month of December with three wins in their past four games.
  • The Sea Dogs, who struggled mightily on the road for most of the first half, have now won three straight road games.
  • Defenseman Bailey Webster made his QMJHL debut and had quite a day. He assisted on both Saint John goals to go along with one shot and one hit. He was named second star.
  • Sebastien Auger was excellent as usual, making 30 saves for the win. Nice to see him getting rewarded with some wins of late. He nearly had a shutout but the Wildcats scored a power play goal with 18 seconds remaining in the game.
  • Two of Kelly Bent’s four goals this season have come against the Wildcats in Moncton.
  • Rookie forward Joey Richard had an assist on Bent’s goal. It was Richard’s first point since scoring in Baie-Comeau on October 25th.
  • Moncton’s nine-game winning streak came to an end with the loss.
  • Christophe Lalonde’s goal scoring streak kept going though. With a goal in the final minute of the game, Lalonde has now scored in six straight games.
  • Dillon Donnelly, reacquired in a trade, made his return to the Wildcats on Sunday. It was his first game with the club since December 18, 2009. He was thrown out of the game following a first period staged fight with Lukas Walter.
  • Saint John had eight shots in each period. Weird.
  • The Sea Dogs led after two periods for just the eighth time this year.
  • Sea Dogs scratches were forwards Stephen Anderson (upper body), Jason Cameron (foot), Connor Donaghey (healthy), and Nathan Noel (Under-17s) along with defensemen Thomas Chabot (minor injuries), Michael Abbott (hand), and Will Thompson (Under-17s).
  • Matthew Highmore wore an ‘A’ on his jersey.

NOTES: Moncton leads the Rivalry Cup standings 4-2… this was the last game of 2013 for both teams… it was pyjama day at the Coliseum… Spencer Smallman and Noah Zilbert each had four shots… Smallman and Samuel Dove-McFalls each took two minor penalties… in his second game as a Sea Dog, Nicolas Hebert went 9/20 on faceoffs… Matthew Highmore had two hits… Christophe Lalonde had six shots for Moncton… four of Saint John’s last five games have been decided by one goal.

NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs take on the Halifax Mooseheads next Saturday at Harbour Station.

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