Wednesday, December 1, 2010
PRE-GAME: Saint John Sea Dogs vs Acadie-Bathurst Titan
WHO: Acadie-Bathurst Titan vs Saint John Sea Dogs
WHEN: Tonight, 7:30 pm
WHERE: KC Irving Regional Centre
VISITING TEAM: Saint John Sea Dogs
Record: 21-3-0-2 (1st in Atlantic Division)
Last Game: 7-1 win vs Halifax Sunday
Leading Scorer: Jonathan Huberdeau (26GP-16G-22A-38Pts)
Notes: The Saint John Sea Dogs come into today’s game with a 21-3-0-2 record which is good for first place in the Maritime Division and seven points up on the second place Moncton Wildcats. The Sea Dogs sit in a three way tie for second overall in the Quebec Major Hockey League and are one point back of league leading Montreal Juniors who have played two more games… Saint John was ranked third in the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings last week… the Dogs are coming off a 7-1 victory over the Halifax Mooseheads on Sunday afternoon at Harbour Station. Zach Phillips scored twice while Nathan Beaulieu, Tomas Jurco, Jonathan Huberdeau, Stanislav Galiev, and Scott Oke also recorded markers. Huberdeau added three assists. Frederic Piche played well in the Sea Dogs crease, stopping 33 shots and earning third star honours… Saint John has been very hot of late. They are 9-0-0-1 in their last 10 games and have picked up 23 of a possible 24 points over their past 12 games… lead the league in goals scored with 128 for a per game average of 4.9… the team has allowed the fewest amount of goals of any team in the QMJHL with 70 against in 26 contests. The Dogs are averaging 2.69 goals against per game… have played the fewest number of games of any team in the league so far with 26. The Lewiston Maineiacs have played the most with 31… are 8-3-0-1 on the road this season and have outscored their opposition 54-40 along the way. Only 17 of Saint John’s 44 points have come away from Harbour Station… 0-1-0-0 at the KC Irving Regional Centre this season after suffering a 5-1 loss to the Titan on October 22. The Sea Dogs haven’t suffered a regulation loss since then… went 3/6 on the power play last Sunday against the Mooseheads. The Dogs’ power play is currently ranked eighth in the league with a rating of 0.210. On the road, Saint John’s power play drops to 0.184 which places them 13th… ranked seventh in the league in penalty killing with a rating of 0.795… Jonathan Huberdeau leads Saint John in points this season with 38 points… Zach Phillips leads the team in goals with 19… Huberdeau is now tied with Michael Kirkpatrick for the team lead in assists with 22… Huberdeau’s +33 leads the QMJHL. The second highest is Alex Wall of the Quebec Remparts who is a +24. Seven of the top 10 plus/minus leaders in the league play for Saint John… Jacob DeSerres will likely start in goal tonight. The 20-year old has a record of 7-1-0-0, a goals against average of 2.75, and a save percentage of 0.895. He was in net for Saint John’s 5-1 loss in Bathurst in October.
HOME TEAM: Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Record: 18-10-0-0 (3rd in Maritimes Division)
Last Game: 4-2 win at Cape Breton Sunday
Leading Scorer: Gabriel Levesque (28GP-11G-32A-43Pts)
Notes: The Acadie-Bathurst Titan enter action today with a record of 18-10-0-0 which is good for third in the Maritime Division and eighth overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. They sit eight points behind Saint John… the Titan are coming off a 4-2 victory in Cape Breton against the Screaming Eagles on Sunday afternoon. Zach O’Brien, Radovan Pulis, David Gilbert, and Sebastien Trudeau all scored for the winners. Olivier Roy made 23 saves for the victory… are 9-4-0-0 at the KC Irving Regional Centre this season and have outscored their opposition 46-41 along the way. Half of their 36 points have come on home ice… the Titan power play is ranked sixth in the QMJHL with a rating of 0.266. They went 1/3 on Sunday against Cape Breton… Bathurst has one of the strongest penalty kills in the league. They are ranked second in the league with a rating of 0.848. At home though, their penalty kills slips down to 0.817… Bathurst is 12th in the league in goals scored with 91 in 28 contests for an average of 3.25 per game… the Titan have been solid on defense this season. They have allowed the third fewest amount of goals against this year with 79… Gabriel Levesque continues to lead the Titan in scoring. He has 43 points in 28 games… Sebastien Trudeau leads the club in goals with 15 on the year… Levesque also leads the team in assists with 32. That total places him second in the QMJHL behind Philip-Michael Devos’ 36… Olivier Roy will likely start in net. He has a record of 10-8-0-0, a 2.88 goals against average, and a 0.908 save percentage.
This is the makeup game for the November 20 contest that was postponed due to a snow storm.
ONE MORE GAME
Sea Dogs center Michael Kirkpatrick will serve the final game of his three-game suspension this evening. The 20-year can return Friday versus Lewiston.
Kirkpatrick received the suspension for a hit-from-behind he gave to Alex MacDonald of the Moncton Wildcats on November 21.
PHILLIPS COMING IN HOT
Zach Phillips was named the QMJHL’s first star of the week and is coming into tonight’s match quite hot.
Phillips has scored six goals in his past three games – scoring two goals in each contest.
THE WEBSITE GETS UPDATED
After a few months of absolutely nothing, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan finally updated their website this week with some short stories and unreal photoshops.
Vincent Arseneau isn't all that liked among Sea Dogs fans after he appeared to fake a injury following a collision with Nathan Beaulieu last weekend at Harbour Station. Beaulieu was tossed from the game as he was awarded a game misconduct and a five minute major for elbowing. Arseneau was on the ice for a few minutes before being helped off and slowly taken down the Titan runway.
Arseneau would return to the game a few moments later to a chorus of boos.
These two teams often play very physical against each other - which is something we could see this evening.
Venue: KC Irving Regional Centre
Seating Capacity: 3,542
Year Built: 1996
QMJHL Arena Guide
Radio (Sea Dogs): News 88.9 FM
Live Web Feed: Telus
Live Blog: Station Nation
Post-Game Coverage: Station Nation, Telegraph-Journal
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AFTER THE BUZZER
The Lewiston Maineiacs make their only trip to Saint John this season on Friday night at 7:30 pm.