Saturday, February 6, 2016

DOGS DAILY: Del Paggio, Smith Suspended

The Sea Dogs will be without forward Daniel Del Paggio for the next three games.

Del Paggio was suspended by the QMJHL on Friday for his hit on Conor Garland in Wednesday's game. Garland left the game and did not return but did play in Moncton’s Friday night match against Victoriaville.

There are reports that Will Smith, who ran over and injured Sea Dogs goaltender Marc-Antoine Turcotte, has received a two-game suspension. That has not been posted on the QMJHL website. 

In other news…

  • The Sea Dogs are back in action on Saturday night at 7 p.m. when they host the Victoriaville Tigres.
  • Former Sea Dogs goaltender Jacob DeSerres was traded by the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles to the Adirondack Thunder this past week. Michael Kirkpatrick is a member of the Thunder.
  • The Guardian has an article on former Sea Dogs defenseman Will Thompson. 
  • If you’ve been wondering what Danny Wicks, who played six games with Saint John in 2011-12, is up to these days.
  • Hockey’s Future has an article on Luke Green.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Friday, February 5, 2016

Tonight's Game Postponed

Tonight’s Sea Dogs-Titan game at Harbour Station has been postponed due to nasty weather conditions.

The game will be rescheduled for a later date.

According to a Sea Dogs press release, “fans holding tickets for tonight can exchange them at the Harbour Station Box Office for any of the Sea Dogs' remaining 2015-16 regular season home games.”

This game was supposed to kick off a five-game home stand for the Sea Dogs. They’ll host the Victoriaville Tigres tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

GAME DAY 50: vs Titan

The first-place Saint John Sea Dogs (32-13-4-0, 68 points, 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) look to keep their point streak alive tonight when they host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (20-26-3-2, 45 points, 5th Maritimes, 15th QMJHL) at 7:30 p.m.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Last games: The Titan are coming off a 1-0 home loss to the Victoriaville Tigres last night. Reilly Pickard made 31 saves in the loss. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-1 win over the Wildcats in Moncton on Wednesday night. Daniel Del Paggio scored twice while singles came from Sam Povorozniouk and Nathan Noel. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 17 saves before leaving the game with an injury. Alex Bishop stopped all 11 shots he faced in relief.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 4-1-1-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 2-3-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Last Saturday at the KC Irving Regional Centre where the Sea Dogs defeated the Titan 5-3. Matthew Highmore, Sam Povorozniouk, Joe Veleno, Mathieu Joseph and Matt Green all scored for Saint John. Bathurst goals came from Jason Bell, Jordan Maher and Daniil Miromanov. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 29 saves in the win while Reilly Pickard made 26 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: Forward Dawson Theede and defenseman Jason Bell.

Player to watch: Nathan Noel continues to produce during this impressive run by the Sea Dogs. Noel now has a 15-game point streak going, a streak that has seen him collect 25 points. He has not been held pointless since Dec. 17.

Three Things to Know
1. While Nathan Noel currently has the longest point streak in the league going right now, Matthew Highmore and Sam Povorozniouk are close behind him with points in 10 straight games.

2. Saint John’s point streak is now at 15 games (13-0-2). They are also on a five-game winning streak overall and a six-game winning streak at home.

3. It appears Alex Bishop will be Saint John’s No. 1 goaltending for the time being with Marc-Antoine Turcotte on the shelf. Bishop is 2-0-0-0 against the Titan this season with a 3.84 GAA and .889 SV%.

Turcotte Injured; Williams Recalled

It appears Alex Bishop will be Saint John’s No. 1 goaltender for the time being.

In today’s Telegraph-Journal (paywall), Sea Dogs head coach Danny Flynn said that goaltender Marc-Antoine Turcotte suffered a neck injury and possibly a concussion in Wednesday’s game against the Moncton Wildcats. The T-J reports that Turcotte is “sidelined indefinitely.”

Turcotte, 20, was injured in the second period of Wednesday’s game when he was steamrolled by Moncton’s Will Smith. The netminder remained down on the ice for several minutes before being helped off.

Turcotte has been very good for the Sea Dogs this season, collecting 23 of the team’s 32 wins. Bishop, who is 9-5 on the year with a 3.62 GAA and a .882 SV%, will now take over as the team's No. 1.

The Sea Dogs announced this morning that Matthew Williams has been called up from the MHL’s Summerside Western Capitals. According to a team release, “the Truro-native has played 29 games in his first season with Summerside, posting an 18-9 record with a 3.26 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. His 18 wins are the most among MHL goalies and he sits second in the league in minutes played with 1,583.”

The Sea Dogs host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Suspensions Looming?

With QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau in attendance, it was only fitting that last night’s Sea Dogs-Wildcats game would feature some controversial plays.

At 12:11 of the second period, Moncton’s Will Smith got a little too jiggy with it, running over Saint John goaltender Marc-Antoine Turcotte.

Smith was given a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for goaltender interference. Saint John would tie the game at 1-1 on the ensuing power play.

Meanwhile, Turcotte had to be looked at by the trainers of both teams. A stretcher came onto the ice but the 20-year-old was able to skate off with some assistance. Alex Bishop took over net duties for the Sea Dogs.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

RECAP: Sea Dogs Win 4-1

FINAL: Saint John 4, Moncton 1
By Lorne Webster | SN Staff

MONCTON - In a battle of division rivals recently headed in opposite directions, the Saint John Sea Dogs traveled to the Moncton Coliseum on Wednesday and came away with a 4-1 win over the Wildcats.   

The win extended the Sea Dogs' string of games with at least one point to 15 (13-0-2-0) and allowed Saint John to leapfrog Moncton for first place in the Maritimes Division - and earn the third seed in the QMJHL playoff race. The loss extended Moncton’s winless streak to six games (0-5-1-0) - which came on the heels of an impressive 10-0-1-0 run following a 6-2 loss to Saint John in their last matchup on Dec. 9.   

Daniel Del Paggio led the way with two goals while Sam Povorozniouk and Nathan Noel added singles for Saint John. Kelly Klima replied for Moncton.  

1st Period
Klima opened the scoring on a power play at 8:39 - a moment after Saint John failed to convert on a pair of shorthanded two-on-one opportunities - when he took a cross ice pass from Conor Garland and ripped a wrist shot over Marc-Antoine Turcotte's shoulder. 
Saint John had a number of quality scoring opportunities in the first period but could not get a puck past former Sea Dog Blade Mann-Dixon.

2nd Period
Moncton controlled much of the first half of the second period against a sluggish looking crew from Saint John. Bad blood between the teams was evident with a pair of fights as Lane Cormier and Nico Blachman and then Zachary Malatesta and Kyle Ward exchanged pleasantries. While shorthanded just past the 12-minute mark, Will Smith was assessed a major after he steamrolled Turcotte. 
Turcotte required assistance from the trainers of both teams and was replaced in goal by Alex Bishop. On the ensuing power play at 12:38, Povorozniouk one-timed a cross crease pass from Mathieu Joseph over an outstretched Mann-Dixon to tie the game 1-1. 
3rd Period
Just past the nine-minute mark of a tight checking third period, Bokondji Imama rang a heavy wrist shot off the left post while on a partial breakaway. At 10:17, Del Paggio finished off a lovely three-way passing play with Joseph and Matthew Highmore with a wrist shot past Mann-Dixon. At 17:36, Noel unleashed a laser from the right side to the top corner short side. And at 18:47, Luke Green broke up a play in front of Bishop, carried the puck all the way into Moncton's zone and fed Del Paggio for an empty net goal to make it 4-1.