Currently 11-3-0-1 on the season, the Saint John Sea Dogs will compete in a quartet of road games this week, twice facing both the Val-d’Or Foreurs (Wednesday @ 8:30pm ADT & Friday @ 8:30pm ADT) and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (Saturday @ 8:30pm ADT & Sunday @ 5:00pm ADT). All four of these games will be broadcast live by Tim Roszell at News 88.9 FM as well as on the official league webcast (http://qmjhl.mytelus.com/).
The Sea Dogs dominated their season series with the Foreurs last year, winning all three of the head-to-head matchups between the two teams by a combined score of 26-6. Saint John converted on 40.0% (6-for-15) of their power play opportunities against Val-d’Or last season while going 13-for-14 (92.9%) on the penalty kill.
Then-rookie Jonathan Huberdeau registered an amazing 5G-4A-9P in his three games played against the Foreurs in 2009-10, a highly-impressive tally which contributed to the St-Jerome, QC native ultimately leading all 16-year-old QMJHL skaters in points last season. Huberdeau continues to lead the Sea Dogs in scoring this year, having recorded 15GP-10G-8A-18P thus far on his sophomore campaign. Veteran centre Michael Kirkpatrick has also accumulated 18 points this season on four goals and fourteen assists. Kirkpatrick enters this week’s action needing two goals to tie fellow Cape Bretoner Ryan Sparling for the all-time Sea Dogs record with 83 career markers.
Saint John defeated Rouyn-Noranda earlier this season, with overage goaltender Jacob DeSerres having blanked the Huskies 2-0 in his QMJHL debut back on October 16 (click HERE for video highlights). Vancouver Canucks prospect Steven Anthony and Washington Capitals prospect Stanislav Galiev both found the back of the net for the home team in that match, while Team Captain Mike Thomas led all Sea Dogs skaters with three hits on the night. Rouyn-Noranda has gotten off to a sluggish start in 2010-11, having won just four of their first seventeen games.
Following this week’s grueling western Quebec road trip, the Port City’s major junior squad will return to New Brunswick for the entirety November. Saint John will stage six games at Harbour Station next month, with their only road games slated to take place in Moncton and Bathurst. Tickets to all upcoming Sea Dogs home games can be obtained by clicking HERE.