Friday, December 12, 2014

GAME DAY 32: at Rouyn-Noranda

A preview of tonight’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies…

When and where: Tonight at 8:30 p.m., Iamgold Arena

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are first in the Maritimes Division, second overall in the QMJHL and ranked seventh in the CHL Top 10 with a 20-6-1-4 record for 45 points. The Hukies are fourth in the West Division and 12th overall with a record of 15-15-2-0 for 32 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-1 win in Victoriaville on Wednesday night. Matthew Highmore scored twice, Justice Dundas once and Sebastien Auger made 24 saves in the win. The Huskies are coming off a 6-4 loss in Cape Breton on Sunday. Jeremy Lauzon, Mathieu Boucher, Mathieu Lemay and Ryan Penny scored for Rouyn-Noranda. Alexandre Belanger and Jeremy Belisle allowed three goals each in the loss.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Huskies this season while Rouyn-Noranda is 0-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Dec. 5 at Harbour Station when the Sea Dogs defeated the Huskies 5-1. Samuel Dove-McFalls, Spencer Smallman, Adam Marsh, Jakub Zboril and Mark Tremaine all scored for Saint John while Sebastien Auger made 25 stops in the win. Justin Guenette scored Rouyn-Noranda’s lone goal and Samuel Harvey made 27 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Huskies: None

Random stat: Saint John has won four straight games and are 5-0-0-1 over their past six games.

SJ notes: Adam Marsh leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 29 points in 29 games… Marsh leads the Dogs in goals with 15… Spencer Smallman has a team high 17 assists… 8-6-0-1 on the road this season… Sebastien Auger leads the league in GAA (2.44), wins (17) and save percentage (.920)… Marsh is seventh in rookie scoring and third in rookie goal scoring… Thomas Chabot is 14th in defensemen scoring 21 points… 3-0-0-0 against the West Division… Saint John’s 85.8% penalty kill rating leads the league… averaging 2.84 goals against per game, the second fewest in the league… Matthew Highmore has goals in three straight road games.

R-N notes: Francis Perron leads the Huskies in scoring with 39 points in 29 games… Mathieu Lemay leads the team in goals with 22… Perron’s 24 assists lead the team… 8-5-2-0 at home this season… losers of two straight… Perron is third in power play assists with 15… Lemay has a league high seven game winning goals… Justin Guenette is fourth in defensemen scoring with 26 points… Guenette is second in defensemen assists with 23… only 11-8-2-0 when scoring first… 6-4-0-0 against the Maritimes Division… the Huskies have the second best power play in the league with a rating of 25%... the Huskies have lost three straight home games.

Out of town:
Moncton at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Rimouski at Gatineau - 7:00 PM EST
Drummondville at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Charlottetown at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs end their road trip tomorrow in Val-d’Or with a 5 p.m. matchup against the Foreurs.

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