Friday, August 26, 2016

RECAP: Sea Dogs defeat Eagles

FINAL: Cape Breton 2, Saint John 7
SAINT JOHN – Two goals each from Spencer Smallman and John Warren led the Saint John Sea Dogs to a 7-2 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in QMJHL pre-season action on Friday.

Mathieu Joseph, Kyle Ward and Zach Grzelewski also scored in Saint John’s first win of the pre-season. Alex Bishop and Alex D’Orio split the victory in net.

Marcus Tesink and Olivier Bourret-Vinette scored for Cape Breton. Kyle Jessiman and Colten Ellis spilt net duties for the Screaming Eagles.

Saint Jon opened the scoring at 10:42 of the first period when Luke Green found Mathieu Joseph in the slot. Joseph made no mistake, firing a hard wrist shot past Jessiman.

The Eagles would quickly tie it up though as Tesink, the brother of former Sea Dogs forward Ryan Tesink, beat Bishop at 11:17.

Pre-Season Game Day 5: vs Screaming Eagles

The Saint John Sea Dogs (0-4-0-0) will be looking to pick up their first victory of the pre-season tonight at Harbour Station when they host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (3-1-0-0) at 7 p.m.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/None/None

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-2 loss in Bathurst on Wednesday night. Olivier Mathieu and John Warren scored for Saint John. Matthew Williams and Alex D’Orio split net duties. The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 4-0 win over the Halifax Mooseheads on Wednesday. Logan O’Neil had a pair of goals while singles came from Yannik Bertrand and Vasily Glotov. Kevin Mandolese and Colten Ellis spilt the win in net.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 6-3-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles last season while Cape Breton went 3-5-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: April 19 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Screaming Eagles 6-2 in Game 7 of the second round of the QMJHL playoffs. Nathan Noel had a pair of goals while singles came from Matt Murphy, Daniel Del Paggio, Sam Povorozniouk and Jakub Zboril. Cape Breton goals came from Michael Joly and Evgeny Svechnikov. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 29 saves in the win. Alexandre Belanger made 24 saves in the loss.

Three things to Know
1. Olivier Mathieu, Saint John’s top pick in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft, leads the team in pre-season scoring with three goals in four games.

2. Logan O’Neil leads Cape Breton in scoring with five goals and seven points in four games. O’Neil was an eighth-round pick of the Eagles in the 2015 draft.

3. Cape Breton drafted goaltender Kevin Mandolese with their first round pick – 13th overall. He’s allowed two goals against on 42 shots in 93:01 of play this pre-season.

Grant traded to Islanders

The Saint John Sea Dogs made a trade this morning, dealing forward Cody Grant to the Charlottetown Islanders.
In exchange, the Sea Dogs receive a conditional tenth-round pick in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft.

Grant, an eighth-round pick of Saint John in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft, played in two games with the Sea Dogs last season, going pointless.

The 18-year-old played in 42 games with the MHL’s County Aces last season, recording six goals and five assists.

The Sea Dogs are in action tonight, hosting the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in pre-season play at 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sea Dogs make roster moves

The Saint John Sea Dogs announced a number of roster moves on Thursday, including the acquisition of two players and the cutting of three.

The team has acquired the CHL rights to forward Zach Grzelewski and defenceman Chase Stewart. Both players were in the OHL last season.

Grzelewski, 19, spent last season with the Flint Firebirds where he recorded eight goals and 15 assists in 56 games. He spent time with the London Knights the two seasons before last.

“Zach has been a high-scoring forward through minor hockey up to junior ‘A’,” said Sea Dogs head coach Danny Flynn in a news release. “He was one of Flint’s top scorers despite missing some time last year. We think he has the potential to be a top-six forward for us.”

In 2013-14, Grzelewski had 43 goals and 36 assists in 53 games with the SIJHL’s Thunder Bay North Stars, finishing second in team scoring behind current Sea Dogs forward Daniel Del Paggio.

Stewart, also 19, played in 45 games with the Saginaw Spirit last season where he registered one goal and four assists. He played in 48 games with the Spirit in 2014-15 – and 10 games with the Thunder Bay North Stars.

“Chase is a steady, physical defenceman with two years of OHL experience,” said Flynn. “He also attended camp with the Arizona Coyotes last year. As a team, we’re always looking to improve. We think he can help us.”

Both players are expected to arrive in Saint John in the coming days.

The Sea Dogs also announced today that forwards Isiah Campbell and Nathan Cyr-Trottier along with goaltender Derek Fournier have been released from training camp.

24 forwards, 16 defencemen and four goalies remain at Sea Dogs camp.

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose again

BATHURST – A three-goal second period pushed the Acadie-Bathurst Titan past the Saint John Sea Dogs on Wednesday night in QMJHL pre-season action.

The Sea Dogs dropped their fourth straight game of the pre-season in Bathurst, falling 6-2. This was Saint John’s first “real” exhibition game with veteran players – all three of their previous matches were rookie games.

Samuel L’Italien had two goals for Bathurst while singles came from Kynan Berger, Olivier Desjardins, Dawson Theede and Christophe Boivin. Reilly Pickard made 23 saves in the win.

Olivier Mathieu and John Warren scored for Saint John. Matthew Williams made 14 saves while Alex D’Orio made 17. The two netminders each played half the game.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pre-Season Game Day 4: at Bathurst

The Saint John Sea Dogs (0-3-0-0) travel to Bathurst tonight to take on the Titan (1-1-1-0) at 7 p.m. in pre-season action.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/None/None

Last games: The Sea Dogs lost 7-2 to the Titan on Sunday at the Hub City Showcase rookie tournament. Olivier Mathieu and Nick Fewer had goals for Saint John. Aaron Brisebois had a hat trick for Bathurst while singles came from Kynan Berger, William Lemay-Champagne, Keegan Gauthier and Daniil Sokolka. Alex D’Orio was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots. Matthew Williams allowed three on 21 shots in relief. Max Walford made 21 saves in the win.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 6-1-2-0 against the Titan last season while Bathurst went 3-5-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: See above.

Three Things to Know
1. The Sea Dogs went winless and scored just six goals at the three-game Hub City Showcase rookie tournament last weekend in Moncton. Some veterans will bolster Saint John’s lineup tonight.

2. Aaron Brisebois, a 12th round pick of the Titan last year, leads Bathurst in scoring with three goals and two assists.

3. Admission to tonight’s game in Bathurst is free for all fans, courtesy of the Club Richelieu, which will be on location to collect donations.