Monday, February 18, 2019

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 4-0

FINAL: Halifax 4, Saint John 0
SAINT JOHN - An overall strong effort wasn't enough for the Saint John Sea Dogs on Monday afternoon.

Saint John fired 36 shots on Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Cole McLaren but could not beat him, ultimately falling 4-0 on Family Day at Harbour Station.

Saint John had some solid chances but simply had no puck luck. When the bounces did go Saint John's way, McLaren was in position to make the saves. Saint John has been shutout in two of their past three games and have scored a total of three goals in their past four games.

Brock McLeod scored two goals for the Mooseheads while singles came from Arnaud Durandeau and Joel Bishop. McLaren made 36 stops for the shutout victory.

Zachary Bouthillier was busy and very good in the Sea Dogs net, making 41 stops in the loss.

Game Day 57: vs Mooseheads

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs will look to end a four-game losing streak on a rare Monday afternoon game at Harbour Station.

The Sea Dogs host the Maritimes Division leading Halifax Mooseheads for today's special Family Day Matinee. Game time is 2 p.m.

The Mooseheads, meanwhile, carry a four-game winning streak into today's match and are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 12-40-2-2 for 28 points (fifth Maritimes, ninth Eastern, 17th QMJHL) while the Mooseheads are 41-12-2-1 for 85 points (first Maritimes, second Eastern, third QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off an 8-1 loss to the Moncton Wildcats on Friday night at Harbour Station. Filip Prikryl scored Saint John's lone goal. Mikhail Denisov allowed eight goals on 35 shots in the loss. Zachary Bouthillier stopped all seven shots he faced in relief. The Mooseheads are coming off a 3-0 home win over the Charlottetown Islanders on Saturday. Raphael Lavoie scored twice and Jared McIsaac added a solo marker. Alexis Gravel stopped all 24 shots he faced in the shutout win.

2018-19 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 0-3-1-0 against the Mooseheads this season while Halifax is 4-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Feb. 12 at Scotiabank Centre where the Mooseheads defeated the Sea Dogs 10-2. Keith Getson and Samuel Asselin each scored twice for Halifax while singles came from Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Walter Flower, Raphael Lavoie, Antoine Morand, Justin Barron and Patrick Kyte. Saint John goals came from Charlie DesRoches and Maxim Cajkovic. Cole McLaren made 21 saves in the win. Zachary Bouthillier was pulled after allowing six goals on 21 shots in the loss. Mikhail Denisov allowed four goals on 28 shots in relief.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Burt sent home by Sea Dogs

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs announced a significant roster move on Friday.

Via Twitter, the Sea Dogs announced that forward Robbie Burt, who sits second on the team in points, has been sent home for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
Burt, 19, is eligible to return next season as an overager, but that certainly seems in question right now.

It's the second time this season that Burt has been sent home by the Sea Dogs. During the opening days of training camp, the Hillsburgh, Ont. native was sent home for not being in proper physical condition. He returned a few weeks later after shedding some weight.

Burt, in his second season with Saint John, has 15 goals and 19 assists in 50 games. His last game was on Feb. 10.

Saint John returns to action on Monday, hosting the Halifax Mooseheads at 2 p.m.

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 8-1

FINAL: Moncton 8, Saint John 1
SAINT JOHN - For a sixth straight game, the Saint John Sea Dogs gave up five or more goals in a game.

The latest came on Friday night at Harbour Station where the Moncton Wildcats cruised to an 8-1 win over the Sea Dogs. It was Saint John's fourth straight loss - a streak that has seen them outscored by a brutal 29-6 margin.

The Wildcats had little trouble with the Sea Dogs, scoring twice on the power play and once shorthanded. Mikhail Denisov was left in for all eight goals, making 27 stops in the loss. Zachary Bouthillier made seven stops in relief.

Saint John was once again younger than usual, dressing seven 16-year-olds in the loss - which included call-ups Alexis Belisle and Alexandre O'Neill.

Filip Prikryl scored Saint John's lone goal.

Moncton had two goals from Jakob Pelletier and singles from Gabriel Sylvestre, Alexander Khovanov, Jeremy McKenna, Dylan Seitz, Brady Pataki and Mika Cyr. Francis Leclerc made 23 stops in the win.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Game Day 56: vs Wildcats

SAINT JOHN - The Moncton Wildcats make a visit to Harbour Station tonight.

The Saint John Sea Dogs have three wins in seven matches against the Wildcats this season. The Acadie-Bathurst Titan are the only other team that Saint John has three or more wins against.

The President Cup, Memorial Cup and some Sea Dogs alumni will be in the building as part of the league's 50th anniversary tour.

Game time tonight is 7 p.m.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 12-39-2-2 for 28 points (fifth Maritimes, ninth Eastern, 17th QMJHL) while the Wildcats are 29-18-3-4 for 65 points (fourth Maritimes, sixth Eastern, eighth QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-0 loss in Charlottetown on Wednesday night. Mikhail Denisov made 31 stops in the loss. The Wildcats are coming off a 5-3 win in Bathurst on Tuesday night. Charles-Antoine Giguere, Dylan Seitz, Elliot Desnoyers, Adam Capannelli and Jakob Pelletier scored for Moncton. Francis Leclerc made 28 stops in the win.

2018-19 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 3-4-0-0 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 4-3-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Feb. 10 at Harbour Station where the Wildcats defeated the Sea Dogs 5-3. Jakob Pelletier scored twice for Moncton while singles came from Jacob Hudson, Alexander Khovanov and Jeremy McKenna. Saint John goals came from Josh Lawrence, Brady Burns and William Poirier. Francis Leclerc made 28 stops in the win. Mikhail Denisov allowed five goals on 27 shots before being pulled. Zachary Bouthillier made six saves in relief.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 6-0

FINAL: Saint John 0, Charlottetown 6
CHARLOTTETOWN - Playing their fourth game in five nights, a young (younger than usual, anyways) Saint John Sea Dogs squad had their struggles on Wednesday night at Eastlink Centre.

The Sea Dogs had a difficult time creating quality scoring chances and fell 6-0 to the Charlottetown Islanders. Even when the Dogs were able to get some sustained offensive zone pressure and get a good chance, Isles goaltender Matthew Welsh made the save look easy.

Both teams got off to slow starts, but once the Islanders got going, they quickly put the game away. Former Sea Dog Kevin Gursoy scored a hat trick while singles came from Liam Peyton, Hunter Drew and Sullivan Sparkes. Welsh made 35 saves in the victory.

Saint John dressed seven 16-year-old players plus a 17-year-old who made his QMJHL debut. The team certainly had a better night than Tuesday's 10-2 loss in Halifax, but a squad this young is going to have its struggles against a mid-pack team like the Islanders.

Mikhail Denisov made 31 stops in the loss.

Saint John has now lost eight straight road games and they remain four points out of the league's final playoff spot.