Sunday, December 9, 2018

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 6-2

FINAL: Saint John 2, Moncton 6
MONCTON - The road woes continued for the Saint John Sea Dogs on Sunday.

The Sea Dogs remain winless on the road this season following a 6-2 loss to the Moncton Wildcats at the Avenir Centre. Saint John has not won a road game since Dec. 15, 2017 and, with their next road match not until after the Christmas break, will go an entire calendar year without a win away from home.

Saint John had a decent opening period but still trailed 2-1. Like a lot of games recently, the wheels fell off in the middle frame with the Wildcats scoring four times on 20 shots. That put the game out of reach.

Jeremy McKenna and Mika Cyr both scored twice while singles came from Kyle Foreman and Jakob Pelletier. Francis Leclerc made 27 saves in the victory.

Michael Campoli and Anthony Boucher scored for Saint John. Mikhail Denisov made 29 saves in the loss.

Game Day 31: at Moncton

MONCTON - The Saint John Sea Dogs will look to rebound from Friday's rough loss today against the Moncton Wildcats.

The Sea Dogs fell 10-2 in Halifax on Friday despite not being that badly outplayed by the Mooseheads. Things won't be much easier against the Wildcats - who currently sit third overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League - this afternoon.

Game time at the Avenir Centre is 4 p.m.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/Sea Dogs Radio/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are 4-23-2-1 for 11 points (sixth Maritimes, 18th overall) while the Wildcats are 21-9-2-0 for 44 points (first Maritimes, third QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 10-2 loss in Halifax on Friday night. Nicholas Deakin-Poot and Jeremie Jacob scored for Saint John. Mikhail Denisov was pulled after allowing five goals on 16 shots. Tommy DaSilva allowed five goals on 15 shots in relief. The Wildcats are coming off a 4-3 home loss to the Charlottetown Islanders on Friday. Jonathan Aspirot scored twice for Moncton while Jakob Pelletier added a single. Francis Leclerc made 30 stops in the loss.

2018-19 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-2-0-0 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 2-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 25 at the Avenir Centre where the Wildcats defeated the Sea Dogs 5-2. Jeremy McKenna had two goals for Moncton while singles came from Mika Cyr, Jakob Pelletier and Simon Le Coultre. Yohan Plamondon and Brady Burns scored for Saint John. Francis Leclerc made 37 stops in the win. Alex D'Orio made 37 stops in the loss.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Stairs scores in MHL debut

HALIFAX - Saint John Sea Dogs prospect Dawson Stairs made a strong first impression with his new team.

The 16-year-old forward made his Maritime Junior Hockey League debut on Friday night, scoring on a penalty shot to help the Campbellton Tigers defeat the South Shore Lumberjacks 5-2.

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Stairs joined the Tigers this week after leaving his US prep school program. The move will allow the Fredericton native to play against older competition and be recalled by the Sea Dogs more often.

Campbellton sits second in the MHL's Eastlink North Division with a 14-7-1-0 record. They visit the division leading Summerside Western Capitals this evening.

Photo: Tigers Facebook page

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 10-2

FINAL; Saint John 2, Halifax 10
HALIFAX - It was a rough night in Halifax for the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Sea Dogs gave up 10 goals 31 shots in a 10-2 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads on Friday night at Scotiabank Centre.

Saint John wasn't as heavily outplayed in the contest as the score would indicate - but the Dogs simply couldn't keep the puck out of their own net. The Mooseheads seemed to score on every single quality chance they had - and some of their goals came on some not so great opportunities. Mikhail Denisov was pulled in the second after allowing five goals on just 16 shots. Tommy DaSilva allowed two goals on six shots in rest of the second and five on 15 shots in the third. Saint John was only outshot 31-25 overall.

Samuel Asselin and Patrick Kyte both scored two goals for Halifax while singles came from Jake Ryczek, Arnaud Durandeau, Jordan Maher, Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Antoine Morand and Denis Toner. Alex Gravel made 23 stops in the win.

Nicholas Deakin-Poot and Jeremie Jacob scored for Saint John.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Game Day 30: at Halifax

HALIFAX - The Saint John Sea Dogs are on a bit of a roll right now.

The team has won two of their past three games - both in overtime - and will need that momentum to carry over if they want succeed tonight against the Memorial Cup hosts. Game time for Saint John's road match against the Halifax Mooseheads is 7 p.m.

This is, surprisingly, the Sea Dogs' first trip to Scotiabank Centre this season. An earlier match between the two was postponed due to weather.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 4-22-2-1 for 11 points (sixth Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) while the Mooseheads are 19-7-1-0 for 39 points (second Maritimes, fifth QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over the Quebec Remparts at Harbour Station on Wednesday night. Charlie DesRoches, Maxim Cajkovic, Jeremie Poirier and Robbie Burt scored for Saint John. Mikhail Denisov made 44 stops in the win. The Mooseheads are coming off a 4-1 win in Rimouski on Sunday. Arnaud Durandeau, Patrick Kyte, Joel Bishop and Ben Higgins scored for the Mooseheads. Alexis Gravel made 30 stops in the win.

2018-19 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 0-1-1-0 against the Mooseheads this season while Halifax is 2-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 12 at Harbour Station where the Mooseheads defeated the Sea Dogs 4-0. Brock McLeod, Raphael Lavoie, Xavier Parent and Samuel Asselin all scored for Halifax. Cole McLaren made 28 stops in the shutout victory. Alex D'Orio made 34 saves in the loss.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 4-3 (OT)

FINAL: Quebec 3, Saint John 4 (OT)
SAINT JOHN - Robbie Burt did it again.

For the second time in the past three games, Burt scored the overtime winner to give the Saint John Sea Dogs a win. On Wednesday, the team's leading scorer netted his 11th of the season to give the Sea Dogs an exciting 4-3 victory over the Quebec Remparts.

The Sea Dogs generated very few quality scoring chances throughout the game but made the most of the ones they did generate. Saint John was outshot 47-23 in the contest - including 20-5 in the third period.

Saint John's underage players were in the spotlight on Wednesday. Charlie DesRoches scored for a fourth straight game and added an assist; Jeremie Poirier had a goal and an assist; Josh Lawrence had an assist; and Brady Burns registered two assists.

Maxim Cajkovic also scored. Goaltender Mikhail Denisov was solid, making 44 saves.

Mikael Robidoux, Philipp Kurashev and Matthew Grouchy scored for Quebec. Anthony Morrone made 19 stops in the loss.