Thursday, January 26, 2012

GAMEDAY 50: vs Wildcats

Moncton Wildcats vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live Blog: SN
Harbour Station – Saint John, NB

SAINT JOHN – The Moncton Wildcats are in town this evening to take on the Saint John Sea Dogs in another instalment of the Brunswick News Rivalry Cup. Game time this evening is 7pm at Harbour Station. Upper bowl tickets can be purchased for just $10.

The Sea Dogs enter tonight’s game on a three-game winning streak and a 6-3-0-1 record in their last 10 games. Overall, Saint John has a record of 34-13-0-2 for 70 points and sit two points back of the Shawinigan Cataractes for first-place in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Cataractes, who beat the red hot Victoriaville Tigres 6-0 last night, don’t play until tomorrow.

At home this season, the Sea Dogs are 20-4-0-1 and have outscored opponents 115-64. They have the most home wins of any team in the league.

The Wildcats enter this evening’s game with a record of 22-20-3-2 for 49 points. They are fourth in the Maritimes Division and 11th overall in the league standings. The ‘Cats are 5-2-1-2 in their last 10 and are coming off a win.

Moncton is 8-14-0-2 on the road and have been outscored 94-61.

From the Sea Dogs website:

In addition, the Sea Dogs are accepting donations in partnership with Aeropostale for the fifth annual Teens For Jeans campaign. Fans can donate any brand or size of gently worn jeans, which will be given to local charities that serve homeless teens. Fans making a donation will receive a coupon for 25 per cent off a pair of new Aero jeans at Aeropostale, and a chance to win a pair of Aero jeans signed by the Sea Dogs.

MonctonSaint John
Record22-20-3-2 (4th Maritimes)34-13-0-2 (1st Maritimes)
Home Record- - -20-4-0-1
Road Record8-14-0-2- - -
Last 105-2-1-26-3-0-1
Goals For138204
Goals Against154143
Shots/Game29 (13th)31.39 (4th)
SA/Game 30.2 (11th)26.78 (2nd)
Overall PP27.8% (3rd)20.9% (9th)
Home PP- - -21.9% (11th)
Road PP27.2% (2nd)- - -
Overall PK84.7% (1st)77% (10th)
Home PK- - -84.6% (3rd)
Road PK81.4% (4th)- - -
PIM/GAME14.3 (14th)15.6 (8th)

The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-2 win over the Titan in Bathurst on Sunday afternoon. Zack Phillips had two goals while Charlie Coyle, Danick Gauthier, and Charles Roussel added singles. Sebastien Auger was solid in net, making 30 saves for the win.

Moncton’s last game was on Sunday in Cape Breton where they defeated the Screaming Eagles by score of 4-1. Allain and Alex Saulnier both scored twice. Marek Hrivik had three assists. Roman Will made 29 saves in net to earn the victory.

Saint John is 3-2-0-0 against the Wildcats this year while Moncton is 2-1-1-1 against the Sea Dogs. No matter how much better one team seems to be, these two always have an entertaining season series. 

Their last meeting came on January 2 at Harbour Station when the Sea Dogs needed a shootout to beat the Wildcats. Danny Chiasson scored the only goal for the Sea Dogs in regulation time while Pierre Durepos netted the shootout winner. Despite the low score, it was an entertaining contest.

Saint John continues to be led by Zack Phillips who has 64 points (25G, 39A) in 42 games this year. Danick Gauthier leads the Dogs in goal scoring with 35 while Phillips leads the way in assists with 39.

Moncton is led by Alex Saulnier who has 64 points (26G, 38A) in 41 games played. Alex leads the Wildcats in goals with 26 while he and his brother Allain are both tied for the team lead in assists with 38.

Mathieu Corbeil (26-9-0-0, 2.52 GAA, 0.905 SV%) for Saint John and Roman Will (21-15-3-2, 2.76 GAA, 0.907 SV%) for Moncton.

  • The Sea Dogs are averaging 4,212 fans per game this season at Harbour Station, good for third in the league.
  • Charlie Coyle has scored in every QMJHL game he has ever played in at this point. He has a four-game goal getting streak entering tonight’s game. He has five markers over that span.
  • Alex Saulnier is on an eight-game assist streak and an 11-game point streak.
  • Danick Gauthier is second in the league in goals with 35.
  • Zack Phillips sits sixth overall in assists with 39. Alex and Allain Saulnier are both just below him with 38.
  • Alex Saulnier is third in power play assists with 25.
  • Danick Gauthier leads the league in game-winning goals with seven.
  • Tomas Jurco is third in insurance goals with four.
  • Ian Saab is second in penalty minutes with 128.
  • Phillips is a league best +37.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau has a league high four shorthanded assists.

The Sea Dogs host the Blainvile-Boisbriand Armada on Sunday afternoon at 3pm at Harbour Station.

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