Sunday, March 16, 2014

News & Notes From Saturday's Game

With a 6-2 loss in Charlottetown last night, the Sea Dogs finish the season with a 19-44-2-3 record which places them last in the Telus Maritimes Division and 17th overall. The team also ended the season on a seven-game losing streak.

As for Charlottetown, with their win and a Shawinigan loss they finished 15th overall and will take on the Halifax Mooseheads in the first-round of the President Cup playoffs.

Some stuff from last night’s game…
  • Charlottetown scored on their first shot of the game at 4:12. A David Henley slap shot from just inside the blue line opened the scoring.
  • Josh Shatford and Zach Beaton each scored their first career goals in the first period. Beaton added another in the third while Shatford had a couple other good scoring chances.
  • Despite the fact the Dogs were down 3-1 after one, they outshot the Islanders 18-8. They had a few power plays to help out their shot total. 10 of those shots were considered dangerous.
  • The Isles dominated the shot clock in the second period, outshooting Saint John 22-7. They basically dominated the first eight minutes of play in the frame.
  • Keeping with the theme of firsts, Luc Deschenes scored his first goal as a member of the Islanders in the second period. The Fredericton native, who was passed over several times by the Dogs in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft, finished his rookie season with three goals and five assists in 47 games.
  • Spencer Smallman had both Saint John goals and had a team high seven shots. Smallman finishes the season with 12 goals and 23 assists in 66 games. He had six points in his rookie campaign.
  • Nathan Noel had two assists to finish the season with 39 points, good for 12th in QMJHL rookie scoring. Charlottetown’s Daniel Sprong, who had a goal last night, led all 16-year olds in scoring with 68 points.
  • Antoine Landry got the start in net and made 31 saves in the loss.
  • Saint John had nine power play opportunities but could only score on one of them. They had some good pressure applied in the offensive zone on most of them but couldn't generate a lot of quality chances.
  • Sell-out crowd of 3,718 watched the game at Eastlink Centre. Their attendance increased 634 fans per game with the new ownership group.
  • 20-year olds Jason Cameron and Lukas Walter played their final game as a Sea Dog. David Weckworth did not play because of an upper body injury. It was also very likely the last game for import Jurij Repe. Pretty good chance a few others played their last game as well.
  • The Sea Dogs were without forwards Joey Richard (shoulder), Stephen Anderson (upper body), and Kelly Bent (suspension) along with defensemen David Weckworth (upper body), Jeremy Doucet (upper body), and Michael Abbott (wrist).
  • Defenseman Bailey Webster was recalled to play in this game. It was his seventh game with the club this season. He had a shot and two hits in this game.

NOTES: The Sea Dogs wore their black third jerseys… the Islanders honoured their graduating 20-year olds before the game… Eastlink Centre does a great job with their video replays… the wave made its way around Eastlink Centre late in the third… Saint John had 21 hits… Daniel Sprong had seven shots… Troy Vance had three hits.

UP NEXT: The Sea Dogs’ annual awards banquet is on Tuesday night at the Delta Brunswick.

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