Chicoutimi Sagueneens vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Today, December 4, 2011 at 3pm
SAINT JOHN – A few former Sea Dogs are in town as the Chicoutimi Sagueneens take on Saint John this afternoon at 3pm.
Defensemen Gabriel Bourret and Guillaume Cloutier along with forward Alexadre Beauregard all played parts of last season with Saint John before being traded to the Sags. Cloutier was sent to Chicoutimi during last year’s holiday trading period while Bourret and Beauregard helped Saint John capture the Memorial Cup.
Bourret was later traded at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft while Beauregard headed to Chicoutimi earlier this season to make room for Charles-Olivier Roussel.
Beauregard will always be remembered for his goal in double-overtime in Game Six of the President’s Cup Final that sent the Sea Dogs to the Memorial Cup in Mississauga. This afternoon’s match could be the last time he plays at Harbour Station.
Bourret has 18 points for the Sags this season while Beauregard has nine and Cloutier four.
Chicoutimi enters play today with a record 12-10-3-5 for 32 points. They sit fifth in incredibly tough Telus East Division that features Quebec, Shawinigan and Victoriaville. They sit ninth overall in the league.
The Sea Dogs sit first overall in the QMJHL with a record of 25-7-0-1 for 51 points. Saint John is 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 games and have won four straight.
Saint John and Chicoutimi have met once already this season. On October 29, Zack Phillips scored twice while Jonathan Huberdeau, Tomas Jurco, Grant West, and Ryan Tesink added singles in a 6-0 Sea Dogs win at Harbour Station. Mathieu Corbeil only had to make 14 saves for the shutout.
IN NET: Christopher Gibson will likely get the start in goal. He is 9-8-2-1 with a goals against average of 3.16 and a save percentage of 0.886.
LAST GAME: The Sagueneens are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss in Bathurst against the Titan last night. Steve Lebel and Lukus Sedlack scored for the Sags who, like the Cataractes in Saint John, blew a two-goal lead. Francis Desrosiers made 27 saves in the loss.
Best Sagueneens Video We Cound Find On YouTube: That ugly incident between the Sags and Remparts a few years ago involving Jonathan Roy.
IN NET: It wouldn’t be a huge shock to see either Sebastien Auger or Mathieu Corbeil get the start in goal today. Auger is 6-1-0-1 with a 3.59 goals against average and a 0.866 save percentage while Corbeil is 19-4-0-0 with a 2.13 GAA and a 0.920 SV%.
STREAK: Zack Phillips enters today’s game on a 21-game point scoring streak. He has 13 goals and 26 assists over that span.
LAST GAME: The Sea Dogs are coming off a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over the Shawinigan Cataractes last night at Harbour Station. Oliver Cooper, Zack Phillips, and Nathan Beaulieu all scored for Saint John in the comeback win. Mathieu Corbeil made 37 saves for the win.
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Venue: Harbour Station
Average Attendance: 3,993
Radio (Sea Dogs): News 88.9 FM
Live Web Feed: Telus
Post-Game Coverage: Station Nation, Telegraph-Journal
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The Acadie-Bathurst Titan are in town next Friday to face the Sea Dogs at 7:30pm.