Saturday, November 16, 2019

Recap: Sea Dogs lose 6-3

RECAP: Saint John 3, Rouyn-Noranda 6
ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs' five-game road trip ended on a losing note on Friday.

The Sea Dogs fell 6-3 to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at Arena Iamgold - the team's third straight loss. Saint John's road trip ends at a respectable 2-3 - although being outscored 21-11 in the final three games was not ideal.

Maxim Cajkovic - who has been sizzling hot since his return to the lineup at the beginning of this trip - scored twice for Saint John while Matt Gould added a solo marker. Zachary Bouthillier made yet another start, allowing five goals on 39 shots.

William Rouleau, Thomas Belzile, Adrian Valigura, Alex Gritz, Alex Beaucage and Tyler Hinam scored for the Huskies. Zachary Emond allowed three goals on 38 shots.

The Sea Dogs website has a full game recap.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Game Day 23: at Rouyn-Noranda

ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. - The road trip ends tonight.

The Saint John Sea Dogs' five-game road trip through Quebec comes to a close this evening with a matchup against the reigning Memorial Cup champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The Sea Dogs are 2-2 on this trip and have lost back-to-back games.

Game time is a late one with puck drop scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Atlantic.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/Sea Dogs Radio Live/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are 8-13-1-0 for 17 points (fifth Maritimes, ninth Eastern, 15th QMJHL) while the Huskies are 10-8-2-1 for 23 points (second West, fourth Western, 10th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 7-3 loss in Val-d'Or last night. Maxim Cajkovic, Jeremie Poirier and Josh Lawrence scored for Saint John. Zachary Bouthillier and Tommy DaSilva combined to allow seven goals on 29 shots. The Huskies are coming off a 3-1 win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday. Tyler Hinam, William Rouleau and Jeremy Duguay scored for Rouyn-Noranda. Zachary Emond made 32 stops in the win.

2019-20 head-to-head: This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

2018-19 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 0-2-0-0 against the Huskies last season while Rouyn-Noranda went 2-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Jan. 20 at Iamgold Arena where the Huskies defeated the Sea Dogs 8-4. Justin Bergeron and Joel Teasdale each scored twice for the Huskies while singles came from Samuel Naud, Jacob Neveu, Alex Beaucage and Raphael Harvey-Pinard. Nicholas Deakin-Poot, Maxim Cajkovic, Jeremie Jacob and Filip Prikryl scored for Saint John. Zachary Emond made 18 saves in the win. Zachary Bouthillier made 52 saves in the loss.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Recap: Sea Dogs lose 7-3

FINAL: Saint John 3, Val-d'Or 7
VAL-D'OR, Que. - It was another rough night on the defensive end for the Saint John Sea Dogs on Thursday night at the Air Creebec Centre.

Despite firing 52 shots on goal, the Sea Dogs fell 7-3 to the Val-d'Or Foreurs in the second-to-last game of this five-game trek through Quebec. Saint John is now 2-2 on the trip after dropping this contest and Tuesday's in Shawinigan.

The Sea Dogs heavily outshot the Foreurs - 52-29 overall - with 19 of those shots coming in the third period with the game basically out of reach. Zachary Bouthillier, perhaps (understandably) feeling some fatigue, allowed five goals on 19 shots in 40 minutes of action. Tommy DaSilva allowed two goals on 10 shots in the third period.

Two of Saint John's two goals came in that 19-shot third period with Jeremie Poirier and Josh Lawrence scoring when the Dogs trailed 7-1. Maxim Cajkovic had the Sea Dogs' other goal.

Marshall Lessard had two goals for Val-d'Or while singles came from Jacob Gaucher, Alexandre Doucet, Alexander Mirzabalaev, Olivier Picard and Jeremy Michel. Jonathan Lemieux made 49 saves in the win.

The Sea Dogs website has a full game recap.

Game Day 22: at Val-d'Or

VAL-D'OR, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs will look to get things back on track tonight in Val-d'Or.

After winning the first two games of this five-game road trip, the Sea Dogs stumbled defensively on Tuesday night in Shawinigan, falling 8-5 to the Cataractes.

Tonight, the Dogs will try to start a new winning streak against the Foreurs. Game time is 8 p.m.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/Sea Dogs Radio Live/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are 8-12-1-0 for 17 points (fifth Maritimes, ninth Eastern, 15th QMJHL) while the Foreurs are 10-9-2-0 for 22 points (second West, fourth Western, 10th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off an 8-5 loss in Shawinigan on Tuesday. Alex Drover, Brady Burns, Nicholas Deakin-Poot, Maxim Cajkovic and Jeremie Poirier all scored for Saint John. Zachary Bouthillier made 34 saves in the loss. The Foreurs are coming off a 3-2 shootout win in Quebec City on Sunday. David Noel and Jeremy Michel scored regulation time goals for Val-d'Or. Jonathan Lemieux made 29 saves in the win.

2019-20 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-0 against the Foreurs this season while Val-d'Or is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 11 at TD Station where the Foreurs defeated the Sea Dogs 7-5. Emil Lessard-Aydin, Karl Boudrias, William Provost, Jacob Gaucher, Jérémy Michel, Maxence Guenette and Alexandre Doucet scored for Val-d'Or. Brady Burns scored twice for Saint John while singles came from Ben Badalamenti, Jeremie Poirier and Matt Gould. Jonathan Lemieux made 25 stops in the win. Noah Patenaude made 37 stops in the loss.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Recap: Sea Dogs lose 8-5

FINAL: Saint John 5, Shawinigan 8
SHAWINIGAN, Que. - An old demon paid the Saint John Sea Dogs a visit on Tuesday night and it proved to be costly.

Saint John's penalty kill issues, which have relatively low key over the past couple weeks, came back to life in a big way with the team surrendering three power play goals in a back-and-forth 8-5 loss to the Shawinigan Cataractes at Centre Gervais Auto.

Shawinigan's first three goals of the game all came on the power play as the Sea Dogs simply couldn't get their defense sorted out. It was a frustrating night as the Dogs kept fighting all game long to grab momentum - only to give it up just a couple minutes later.

The Sea Dogs led 2-1 in the first but that proved to be their only lead of the night. They never trailed by more than two goals (until the final minute) and got back within one a couple times - but they couldn't keep the puck out of their own net. It's a result we've seen many times this season where the team let a good offensive performance slip away.

Jeremie Poirier had another big night, recording a goal and three assists. Alex Drover, Brady Burns, Nicholas Deakin-Poot and Maxim Cajkovic also scored. Zachary Bouthillier, who was pulled in the first period of Saint John's lone visit in Shawinigan last season, allowed seven goals on 41 shots in the loss.

Xavier Bourgault recorded a hat trick for Shawinigan while singles came from Gabriel Denis, Mikael Robidoux, Charles Beaudoin and Mavrik Bourque. Antoine Coulombe made 30 stops in the win.

The loss brought Saint John's season best winning streak to a halt at three games. They have two more games on this Quebec road trip before returning home.

Game Day 21: at Shawinigan

SHAWINIGAN, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs carry a three-game winning streak into Shawinigan this evening.

The Sea Dogs have won three straight road games and are off to a 2-0 start on this five-game trip. They'll look to make it four straight wins - something they have not done yet this season - tonight against their old rivals.

Game time is 8 p.m.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/Sea Dogs Radio Live/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are 8-11-1-0 for 17 points (fifth Maritimes, ninth Eastern, 14th QMJHL) while the Cataractes are 8-11-0-0 for 16 points (third Central, seventh Western, 16th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 overtime win in Victoriaville on Sunday. William Villeneuve, Maxim Cajkovic and Jeremie Poirier scored for Saint John. Tommy DaSilva made 35 saves to earn his first QMJHL win. The Cataractes are coming off an 8-4 loss in Chicoutimi on Sunday. Valentin Nussbaumer scored twice while Charles Beaudoin and Vasily Ponomarev added singles. Justin Blanchette made 35 stops in the loss.

2019-20 head-to-head: This is the first meeting of the season between the two.

2018-19 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 1-0-0-1 against the Cataractes last season while Shawinigan went 1-0-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Jan. 31 in Shawinigan where the Cataractes defeated the Sea Dogs 5-4 in a shootout. Xavier Bourgault, Jan Drozg, Valentin Nussbaumer and Vincent Senez scored for Shawinigan. Aiden MacIntosh, Filip Prikryl, Nicholas Deakin-Poot and William Poirier scored for Saint John. Justin Blanchette made 28 stops in the win. Zachary Bouthillier allowed three goals on six shots. Mikhail Denisov made 32 stops in relief.