Wednesday, March 5, 2014

GAMEDAY 63 - vs Wildcats

A preview of tonight’s game between the Moncton Wildcats and Saint John Sea Dogs…

When and where: Tonight at 7:00 PM AST, Harbour Station

TV/Radio: TELUS Webcast/News 88.9

Records: The Wildcats are third in the Telus Maritimes Division and 12th overall in the QMJHL with a 30-30-0-3 record for 63 points. The Sea Dogs are sixth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 17th overall with a 19-38-2-3 record for 43 points.

Last games: The Wildcats are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday night at the Coliseum. Alex Dubeau allowed four goals on 32 shots. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-1 loss in Bathurst on Sunday. Jason Cameron had Saint John’s only goal.

2013-14 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 3-5-0-0 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 5-3-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: February 14th at Harbour Station where the Wildcats defeated the Sea Dogs 4-1. Christophe Lalonde had two goals.

Random stat: Since reporting to the Wildcats, Vladimir Tkachev has seven goals and 15 assists in 15 games. This will be his second career game against the Sea Dogs.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Wildcats: None

MON notes: The Wildcats have already won the 2014 Brunswick News Rivalry Cup… 4-5-0-1 in their last 10 games and have lost five straight… Ivan Barbashev is 16th in league scoring with 68 points… Dillon Donnelly is fifth in penalty minutes with 144… Christophe Lalonde is fourth in power play goals with 17… Alex Dubeau is fifth in wins with 28. He also leads the league in minutes played, is second in saves, and is third in save percentage (.912)… 24-13-0-2 against the Maritimes Division… their 84% penalty kill rating is the best in the league.

SJ notes: One-point back of the final playoff spot… 3-6-1-0 in their last 10 games… Sebastien Auger is third in minutes, leads the league in saves, and has the league’s best save percentage (.918)… 16-19-1-2 against the Maritimes Division… this is Saint John’s second-to-last regular season home game of the year… this is the final meeting between the Sea Dogs and Wildcats this season.

Promotions: $8 tickets are available for students tonight. FedEx Express and the Sea Dogs will also be collecting new and used hockey skates and equipment in support of Skate to Great, which provides equipment to children in need and at-risk youth. All donations will be made to local non-profit program, P.R.O. Kids.

Leading Scorers
PointsIvan Barbashev68 (25+43)
GoalsChristophe Lalonde37
AssistsIvan Barbashev43
Rookie PointsVladimir Tkachev22 (7+15)
D-Man PointsJacob Sweeney24 (3+21)
vs Saint JohnChristophe Lalonde12 (7+5)

Leading Scorers
Saint John
PointsOliver Cooper51 (24+27)
GoalsOliver Cooper24
AssistsOliver Cooper & Matthew Highmore27
Rookie PointsNathan Noel37 (16+21)
D-Man PointsOlivier LeBlanc33 (7+26)
vs MonctonOliver Cooper7 (1+6)

Alex Dubeau28-24-0-22.820.912
Jason Rioux2-4-0-14.240.887

Saint John
Sebastien Auger15-29-2-33.070.918
Antoine Landry3-8-0-04.550.873

SJ Next Five Games
Today vs Moncton
Saturday, March 8th vs Halifax
Sunday, March 9th at Bathurst
Wednesday, March 12th at Cape Breton
Friday, March 14th at Halifax

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