Sunday, November 8, 2009

PRE-GAME: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies vs Saint John Sea Dogs

Game Day
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies vs Saint John Sea Dogs

Today, November 8, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
Harbour Station

Visiting Team: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Record: 11-10-2-1 (2nd in Telus West)
Last Game: 6-2 loss @ Saint John yesterday
Leading Scorer: Gabriel Levesque: 24-8-24-32
Notes: The second games of back-to-back games in Saint John… the Huskies were dominated by Saint John last night after a very slow start… have lost three straight games all on the road… 3-6-0-1 in their last 10 games… 5-6-1-0 on the road this season which is good for 10th in the league… have been outscored 21-6 in their last three games… Rouyn-Noranda has three NHL draft picks: Nicolas Deslauriers (Los Angeles), Jean-Sebastien Berube (New Jersey), and Philippe Cornet (Edmonton)… winger Ben Miller is a Saint John native. He has two goals in 21 games this season.

Home Team: Saint John Sea Dogs
Record: 18-4-1-0 (1st in Atlantic Division)
Last Game: 6-2 Win vs Rouyn-Noranda yesterday
Leading Scorer: Steven Anthony: 21-12-10-22; Michael Kirkpatrick: 22-3-19-22
Notes: Saint John is currently on a franchise record and league best 10 game winning streak… Michael Kirkpatrick is on a seven game point streak that has seen him acquire 10 points… their last loss came on October 13 when they lost 4-0 in Charlottetown… Stanislav Galiev is third in rookie scoring… 8-2-0-0 at Harbour Station this season which is good for second in the QMJHL… averaging 3,506 fans per game… Saint John is number one overall in the QMJHL and are ranked sixth in Canada.

Saint John vs Rouyn-Noranda:
This Season
(GP-W-L-OTL-SOL-PTS):
1-1-0-0-0-2
Home: 1-1-0-0-0-2
Road: 0-0-0-0-0-0
Goals For:
Goals Against:

Last Season (GP-W-L-OTL-SOL-PTS):
2-1-1-0-0-2
Home: 1-0-1-0-0-0
Road: 1-1-0-0-0-2
Goals For: 7
Goals Against: 11

All-Time- Not Including This Season (GP-W-L-OTL-SOL-PTS):
8-3-4-1-0-7
Home: 4-1-2-1-0-3
Road: 4-2-2-0-0-4
Goals For: 24
Goals Against: 42

Station Nation Facts:

  • Today’s game has been designated Support Our Troops Day, with fans being encouraged to wear red as they attend the afternoon contest in which the Sea Dogs will honour the brave men and women of the Canadian Forces.
  • The ancestors of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are the Montreal Bleu-Blanc-Rouge which made their debut in the QMJHL in 1972. Shortly after their inaugural season (1973-74), the franchise would change its name to “Junior de Montreal” and play its games in both the Paul-SauvĂ© Centre and the Montreal Forum.
  • In the spring of 1983, Pat Lafontaine led the franchise to its first President Cup title after crushing the Longueuil Chevaliers in the QMJHL final. The Junior’s home games were played in front of capacity crowds of over 17,000 patrons at the old Forum - a league record.
  • Prior to the start of the 1989-90 season, the team would again change addresses, this time moving to St-Hyacinthe. The “Laser” would play eight seasons in St-Hyacinthe while never finishing higher than 6th in the overall standings. Nevertheless, three Laser players were able to finish 1-2-3 in the scoring standings as Patrick Poulin (138), Martin Gendron (137) and Charles Poulin (135) terrorized opposing goaltenders.
  • In 1996, the Rouyn-Noranda “Huskies” were born. They enjoyed one of their best season in 1997-98 as they finished second in the overall standings thanks to a club-record 43 wins in 70 games. The following year, Mike Ribeiro (167), James Tremblay (135) and James Desmarais (132) would become the third batch of forwards to finish 1-2-3 in the scoring standings.
  • The 2007-08 season was exceptional as the Huskies registered 97 points in 70 games, finishing 1st in the overall standings. Although heavy favourites, they were defeated in the QMJHL final by the Gatineau Olympiques.

Important Info:
Venue: Harbour Station
Capacity: 6,297

Saint John Media: Radio- News 88.9 FM (www.news889.com)
Live Video Streaming: www.qmjhl.mytelus.com
Post-Game Coverage: www.stationnation.blogspot.com, Telegraph-Journal
Post-Game Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/user/seadogstv

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