Saturday, March 8, 2014

GAMEDAY 64 - vs Mooseheads

A preview of tonight’s game between the Halifax Mooseheads 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 Mooseheads are first in the Telus Maritimes Division and second overall in the QMJHL with a 43-18-0-3 record for 89 points. The Sea Dogs are sixth in the Telus Maritimes Division and 17th overall with a 19-39-2-3 record for 43 points.

Last games: The Mooseheads are coming off a 7-4 win over the Charlottetown Islanders on Thursday night. Andrew Ryan and Darcy Ashley each had two goals. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Moncton Wildcats on Wednesday night. Matthew Highmore had two goals in that game.

2013-14 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-5-0-0 against the Mooseheads this season while Halifax is 5-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: January 21st at Harbour Station where the Mooseheads defeated the Sea Dogs 5-2. Nikolaj Ehlers and Brent Andrews each had a goal and an assist.

Random stat: Nikolaj Ehlers has been ridiculous of late. He has an eight-game goal scoring streak going and has recorded 17 goals during that span – including three hat tricks.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Mooseheads: None

HFX notes: The Mooseheads have already won the division. They are five points back of Baie-Comeau with a game in-hand for first overall in the league… winners of nine straight games… Nikolaj Ehlers is fourth in the league in scoring with 97 points… Jonathan Drouin is fifth in league scoring with 96 points… Ehlers is fourth in goals with 47… Zach Fucale’s GAA of 2.30 is the best in the league… Ehlers leads all rookies in points, goals, and assists… MacKenzie Weegar is fourth in defensemen scoring with 53 points… lead the league in shorthanded goals with 23… averaging 4.18 goals per game, the second most in the league… Andrew Ryan and Drouin have assists in five straight games… Drouin has points in 10 straight games… the Halifax Mooster Club is also bringing a bus load of fans to the game.

SJ notes: This is Saint John’s final home game of the regular season… 2-7-1-0 in their last 10 games… one-point back of Shawinigan for the league’s final playoff spot with one game in-hand… Sebastien Auger still leads the league in saves and save percentage (.917)… Nathan Noel is 12th in rookie scoring with 37 points… averaging 37.13 shots against per game, the most in the league… Lukas Walter’s suspension is over.

Promotion: Today is Fan Appreciation Day at Harbour Station. $10,000 in prizes will be given away. It’s also the final home game of the regular season for the team’s trio of 20-year olds.

Leading Scorers
PointsNikolaj Ehlers97 (47+50)
GoalsNikolaj Ehlers47
AssistsJonathan Drouin71
Rookie PointsNikolaj Ehlers97 (47+50)
D-Man PointsMacKenzie Weegar53 (12+41)
vs Saint JohnNikolaj Ehlers14 (7+7)

Leading Scorers
Saint John
PointsOliver Cooper53 (25+28)
GoalsOliver Cooper25
AssistsOliver Cooper & Matthew Highmore28
Rookie PointsNathan Noel37 (16+21)
D-Man PointsOlivier LeBlanc33 (7+26)
vs HalifaxNathan Noel5 (2+3)

Zach Fucale33-9-0-32.300.908
Kevin Darveau10-9-0-03.260.897

Saint John
Sebastien Auger15-30-2-33.110.917
Antoine Landry3-8-0-04.550.873

SJ Next Five Games
Today vs Halifax
Sunday, March 9th at Bathurst
Wednesday, March 12th at Cape Breton
Friday, March 14th at Halifax
Saturday, March 15th at Charlottetown

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