Sunday, February 18, 2018

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 5-3

FINAL: Saint John 3, Rouyn-Noranda 5
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ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. - A third period comeback fell short for the Saint John Sea Dogs on Saturday.

The Sea Dogs, down 4-0 through 40 minutes, scored three times in a 1:14 stretch in the third period, getting within one of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The Huskies scored not long after the flurry of goals, giving the home side some insurance and ultimately a 5-3 victory.

Saint John dropped all three games of this Quebec trip and have now lost 11 straight road games. With the Val-d'Or Foreurs picking up a point on Saturday, the Sea Dogs now sit seven points back of the league's final spot with 12 games remaining in the regular season.

The Huskies led 2-0 after one and 4-0 after two on Saturday. Mathieu Boucher, Samuel Naud, Tommy Beaudoin and Alexis Arseneault all scored for Rouyn-Noranda.

The Sea Dogs began to turn things around at 6:26 of the third when Ben Reid scored to get Saint John on the board. Then at 7:09, Robbie Burt scored to make it 4-2 which was followed by an Ostap Safin goal 31 seconds later.

At 8:35, Justin Bergeron scored to put a stop to Saint John's momentum. That would make it a 5-3 final.

Rouyn-Noranda backup goaltender Zachary Emond made 17 saves in the win.

Matthew Williams had a very busy night in net, making 55 saves in the loss. The 60 shots faced and 55 saves made were both career highs.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Game Day 56: at Rouyn-Noranda

ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs play the final game of their Quebec road trip tonight against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

The Sea Dogs have lost the first two games of this trip - and 10 straight road games overall.

Saint John will be in tough this evening, facing a team that sits sixth overall in the league and is very good on home ice. Game time tonight is 8 p.m.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are 13-32-8-2 for 36 points (6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) while the Huskies are 32-16-5-3 for 72 points (3rd West, 6th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss in Val-d'Or last night. Ostap Safin scored both Saint John goals while Alex D'Orio made 33 saves in the loss. The Huskies are coming off a 2-1 home loss to the Charlottetown Islanders last night. Peter Abbandonato scored Rouyn-Noranda's lone goal. Samuel Harvey made 35 saves in the loss.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Huskies this season while Rouyn-Noranda is 0-0-1-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 29 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Huskies 5-4 in overtime. Ostap Safin scored two Saint John goals while singles came from Anthony Boucher, Cole Reginato and Radim Salda. Peter Abbandonato, Tyler Hinam, Mathieu Boucher and Jacob Neveu scored for Rouyn-Noranda. Matthew Williams made 26 saves in the win. Samuel Harvey made 24 stops in the loss.

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 3-2 (OT)

FINAL: Saint John 2, Val-d'Or 3 (OT)
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VAL-D'OR, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs dropped a crucial game on Friday night, falling 3-2 in overtime to the Val-d'Or Foreurs at the Air Creebec Centre.

While the Sea Dogs did earn a point, the loss puts the team six points back of the Foreurs for the league's final playoff spot. With 13 games remaining, and with Shawinigan sandwiched between the two teams, the Dogs are in tough to make the post-season.

Ostap Safin stayed hot on Friday, scoring both Saint John goals. The Sea Dogs had a much better offensive display than they have had in some time, outshooting their opponent 37-36 - which included 18 shots apiece in the third period.

Adam Cheezo scored in the first period and Nathan Hudgin connected at 15:18 of the third, putting Val-d'Or up 2-0. But two late regulation time goals from Safin - one a shorthanded marker at 17:53 and one with the goaltender pulled at 19:10 - evened things up at 2-2.

Ivan Kozlov scored just 29 seconds into overtime, giving Val-d'Or the extra point.

Mathieu Marquis made 35 stops in the win. Alex D'Orio made 33 saves in the loss.

The Foreurs ended an eight-game losing streak with the win. Saint John has now lost 10 straight road games.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Game Day 55: at Val-d'Or

VAL-D'OR, Que. - If the Saint John Sea Dogs want to make the post-season, winning tonight's match is a near necessity.

The Sea Dogs sit five points back of the Val-d'Or Foreurs, who own the league's final playoff spot. The two meet tonight at Val-d'Or's Air Creebec Centre tonight at 8:30 p.m.

A loss tonight would put Saint John seven points back with 13 games remaining in the regular season - a massive hill to climb for a team that has struggled to string wins together.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are 13-32-7-2 for 35 points (6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) while the Foreurs are 18-32-2-2 for 40 points (6th West, 16th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-1 loss in Sherbrooke on Wednesday night. Ostap Safin scored Saint John's lone goal while Alex D'Orio made 41 stops in the loss. The Foreurs are coming off an 8-0 loss in Rouyn-Noranda on Wednesday. Jonathan Lemieux made 34 saves in the loss.

2017-18 head-to-head: Oct. 28 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs fell 4-2 to the Foreurs. Mathieu Nadeau had two goals for Val-d'Or while singles came from David Noel and Alexandre Couture. Cole Reginato and Kevin Gursoy scored for Saint John. Etienne Montpetit made 31 saves in the win. Alex D'Orio made 28 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Foreurs: Forward Julien Tessier.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 6-1

FINAL: Saint John 1, Sherbrooke 6
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SHERBROOKE, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs dropped the first game of a three-game Quebec road trip on Wednesday night.

Yaroslav Alexeyev netted a hat trick in the Sherbrooke Phoenix's 6-1 win over the Sea Dogs at the arena-with-a-really-name. Hugo Roy, Nicolas Roy and Thomas Gregoire added solo markers while Thommy Monette made 15 saves in the victory.

Ostap Safin scored Saint John's lone goal. Alex D'Orio made 40 saves in the loss.

Saint John has now lost nine straight road games. The team heads north to take on the Val-d'Or Foreurs and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The Sea Dogs once again struggled to consistently generate offence and were outshot 47-16 by the Phoenix. Saint John went 0/2 on the power play.

Game Day 54: at Sherbrooke

SHERBROOKE, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs will look to rebound from Saturday's disappointing home loss tonight in Sherbrooke.

The Sea Dogs fell 8-5 to the Shawinigan Catarctes on Saturday, blowing a 3-0 first period lead. The loss pushed Saint John into last place overall and five points back of the final playoff spot.

Game time in Sherbrooke this evening is 8 p.m.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are 13-31-7-2 for 35 points (6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) while the Phoenix are 22-22-7-4 for 55 points (5th West, 12th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off an 8-5 home loss to the Shawinigan Cataractes on Saturday at Harbour Station. Ostap Safin, Radim Salda, Anthony Boucher, Robbie Burt and Kevin Gursoy all scored for Saint John. Tommy DaSilva made 32 stops in his QMJHL debut. The Phoenix are coming off a 4-3 home shootout loss to the Gatineau Olympiques on Sunday. Mathieu Olivier, Samuel Poulin and Luke Green scored for Sherbrooke. Brendan Cregan made 14 stops in the loss.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-0 against the Phoenix this season while Sherbrooke is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Nov. 9 at Harbour Station where the Phoenix edged the Sea Dogs 5-4. Nicolas Poulin scored twice for Sherbrooke while singles came from Yaroslav Alexeyev, Hugo Roy and Benjamin Tardif. Anthony Boucher, Matt Green, Kevin Gursoy and Radim Salda scored for Saint John. Evan Fitzpatrick made 31 stops in the win. Alex D'Orio made 34 saves in the loss.