Acadie-Bathurst Titan vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight, December 9, 2011 at 7:30pm
SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs kick off a three-in-three tonight when they take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at 7:30pm at Harbour Station. The Dogs host the Halifax Mooseheads tomorrow night and then travel to Nova Scotia to face the Herd again on Sunday to complete their busy weekend.
The Sea Dogs are coming off a bad performance last Sunday against Chicoutimi. The Sagueneens scored four goals in third period to win 8-3 and hand Saint John just their second home loss of the season. The Dogs will need a better performance tonight if they want to get back on track.
Despite their recent struggles (7-2-0-1 in their last 10) and injury woes, Saint John still sits first overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with a record of 25-8-0-1 for 51 points. They are currently two points up on the Quebec Remparts for top spot although the Remparts have played two fewer games.
With the exception of last Sunday’s performance, the Sea Dogs have been great on Harbour Station ice this season. They have a record of 15-2-0-0 and have outscored opponents 87-44.
Bathurst enters play this evening sitting fourth in the Maritimes Division and 13th overall in the league with a record of 14-16-2-2. The Titan have won two straight and are 5-4-0-1 in their last 10. On the road, the Titan are 5-9-1-1 and have been outscored 66-55.
Although the two teams sit on the opposite ends of the standings, the Sea Dogs have a hard time with the Titan this season. The Dogs are just 1-1-0-1 against Bathurst this year with both loses coming at the KC Irving Regional Centre.
The most recent meeting between the two squads was back on November 20 in Bathurst when the Titan needed a shootout to beat the Sea Dogs 6-5. Goaltender Sebastien Auger and the Saint John defense struggled in that game, allowing five goals on 22 shots.
IN NET: Robert Steeves will likely get the start in goal tonight. He is 9-7-2-2 with a goals against average of 3.63 and a save percentage of 0.880.
LAST GAME: Bathurst is coming off a 6-5 win over the Rimouski Oceanic on Tuesday. Matthew Bissonnette had a hat trick while Christophe Lalancette, Sean Girard and Zack O’Brien had singles for the Titan. Robert Steeves made 37 saves in net.
Best Titan Video We Could Find on YouTube: A Halifax – Bathurst brawl from back in the day.
IN NET: Mathieu Corbeil will likely get the start in goal. He is 19-5-0-0 with a goals against average of 2.26 and a save percentage of 0.916.
STREAKING: Zack Phillips enters tonight’s game on a 22-game point scoring streak. He has 13 goals and 28 assists over that span.
GOING AWAY: Phillips and Nathan Beaulieu are both headed to Team Canada’s world junior selection camp tomorrow, meaning they will miss both Saturday and Sunday’s game and possibly more if either can crack the squad. The camp begins Saturday and wraps up on December 14.
LAST GAME: Saint John is coming off an ugly 8-3 loss to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Sunday at Harbour Station. Tomas Jurco scored twice and Charles Olivier Roussel netted a solo marker in the loss. Mathieu Corbeil and Sebastien Auger each allowed four goals in the loss.
Halifax at P.E.I. - 7:00 PM AST
Rouyn-Noranda at Quebec - 7:00 PM EST
Rimouski at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EST
Baie-Comeau at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EST
Cape Breton at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EST
Drummondville at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Harbour Station
Average Attendance: 3,956
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The Sea Dogs host Nathan MacKinnon and the Halifax Mooseheads tomorrow night at 7pm at Harbour Station. The annual Teddy Bear Toss will take place after Saint John scores their first goal.