Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pare, D'Orio make Central Scouting midterm rankings

Two Saint John Sea Dogs cracked NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings for the 2017 draft, which were released Tuesday afternoon.

Forward Cedric Pare was ranked 203rd amongst North American skaters while Alex D'Orio was ranked eighth amongst North American goaltenders.

Both Pare and D'Orio were first round picks of the Sea Dogs in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft and are in their first full seasons with the club.

Pare has five goals and eight assists in 42 games with Saint John this season. D'Orio, meanwhile, has put up some of the QMJHL's best goaltending numbers with a 13-1-0-1 record to go along with a 2.31 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.

D'Orio will take part in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Quebec City later this month.

Sea Dogs prospect Shane Bowers was ranked 13th by Central Scouting. Saint John draft picks Ben Mirageas (48th) and Morgan Barron (88th) were also ranked. Bowers is committed to Boston University (2017-18), Mirageas to Providence College (2018-19) and Barron to Cornell University (2017-18).

Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, the brother of Mathieu Joseph, was ranked 42nd.

The 2017 NHL Draft takes place June 23-24 in Chicago.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 7-2

FINAL: Moncton 2, Saint John 7
By Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs scored early and never look back as they cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Moncton Wildcats on Tuesday night at Harbour Station.

The goal scorers for the Sea Dogs were Samuel Leblanc (two), Spencer Smallman (two), Julien Gauthier, Matt Green and Cole Reginato. Callum Booth picked up the win, stopping 18 shots.

Replying for the Wildcats were Axel Simic and Adam Capannelli. Taking the loss was Dominik Tmej who stopped six of the nine shots he faced before being relieved by Matthew Waite, who stopped 31 of 35 shots sent his way.

To the notes…

  • The Sea Dogs got on the board first just 54 seconds into the game as Smallman was able to tap a loose puck past Tmej.
  • Leblanc made it 2-0 at 5:03 of the opening period. After catching a nice pass from Jakub Zboril, he was able to break in and wrist a shot past Tmej.
  • The Sea Dogs wouldn’t take long to make it 3-0 as Gauthier tapped home another rebound at 5:52, which ended the night for Tmej. Waite would come in to take over the reigns.
  • Simic would get the Wildcats on the board at 15:12 of the first period, one timing a shot past Booth.
  • The Sea Dogs would get the goal right back as Green deked to his backhand and slid a shot past Waite at 15:46, extending the lead to 4-1 for the Dogs.
  • Smallman picked up his second of the game on a power play at 11:35 of the second to make it 5-1.
  • Reginato would get in on the scoring summary at 9:57 of the third when he turned and fired a loose puck in the slot past Waite. That made it 6-1.
  • Leblanc was awarded a penalty shot at 10:28 and he would make no mistake, wristing a shot over the glove of Waite for his second of the game.
  • Capannelli would pick up another power play goal at 15:14 - almost a carbon copy of the first Wildcat goal - on a feed from behind the net.
  • The late start for tonight’s game (8 p.m.) due Rogers TV's commitment to broadcast… Bingo!
  • Mathieu Joseph extended his point to 21 games, tying the league high for this season.

Game Day 43: vs Wildcats

The Saint John Sea Dogs (26-12-3-1. 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) continue their four-game homestand tonight when they host the Moncton Wildcats (13-27-2-0, 6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) at 8 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a wild 7-6 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Monday. Matthew Highmore, Joe Veleno, Alexandre Bernier, Julien Gauthier, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Mathieu Joseph all scored in the loss. Alex D'Orio was pulled after allowing five goals on 23 shots. Callum Booth allowed two on seven shots in relief. The Wildcats are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs at the Coliseum on Saturday. Louis-Philip Fortin and Jeremy McKenna scored for Moncton. Dominik Tmej made 34 saves in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 4-1-0-1 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 2-4-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Dec. 30 at the Moncton Coliseum where the Sea Dogs defeated the Wildcats 7-2. Bokondji Imama had a hat trick for Saint John while singles came from Joe Veleno, Ian Smallwood, Cole Reginato and Kyle Ward. Moncton goals came from Liam Murphy and Simon Le Coultre. Alex D'Orio made 19 saves in the win. Matthew Waite made 34 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Wildcats: Forward Julien Tessier.

Random stat: Bokondji Imama has five goals and an assist in six games against the Wildcats this season.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Alumdate: Former Dogs in the QMJHL

Luke Green is off to a good start with the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

Green, traded by Saint John to Sherbrooke during the holiday trade period, has 11 assists in his first nine games with the Phoenix. The 19-year-old defenceman had two goals and 15 points in 27 games with Saint John in the first half.

With the Sea Dogs being so active during the holiday trading period, there are even more alumni playing throughout the QMJHL (and OHL).

Although not traded this year, the play of former Dog Dawson Theede is quite notable. The 19-year-old forward had three goals and four assists in 49 games with Saint John and Bathurst in 2015-16. This year he has found his scoring touch, posting 20 goals and 16 assists in 41 games with the Titan.

Here's a look at how former Sea Dogs have performed in the CHL this season (let us know if we forgot someone):

Dawson TheedeBAT41201636
Daniel Del PaggioSJ/GAT41102434
Olivier LeBlancCAP4272734
Luke GreenSJ/SHE3622426
Jason BellVDO3821517
Adam MarshVDO/CHA196814
Will ThompsonCHA/GAT4021113
Julien TessierCHI/MON13347
Jack Van Boekel*VDO36066
Nico BlachmanRIM18325
Austin ClaphamNIA25044
Olivier MathieuSJ/QUE13123
Vincent MartineauSJ/RIM25033

Blade Mann-DixonCHA/HAL12-72.84.910
Alex BishopSJ/QUE/VDO12-92.87.889
*No longer in league

Sunday, January 15, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 7-6

FINAL: Cape Breton 7, Saint John 6
SAINT JOHN - The coaching staffs may not have liked it, but the Saint John Sea Dogs and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles played a very entertaining, back-and-forth hockey game on Sunday afternoon at Harbour Station.

Unfortunately for the Sea Dogs, they came out on the losing end of the high-scoring affair, falling 7-6 to the Screaming Eagles.

Giovanni Fiore, the league's leading goal scorer, netted a natural hat trick in the second period. Drake Batherson, Olivier LeBlanc, Adam McCormick and Declan Smith also scored for Cape Breton. Kevin Mandolese made 32 saves in the victory.

Saint John goals came from Matthew Highmore, Joe Veleno, Alexandre Bernier, Julien Gauthier, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Mathieu Joseph. Alex D'Orio was pulled after allowing five goals on 23 shots through the first two periods. Callum Booth allowed two goals on seven shots in relief.

To the notes...
  • Just like on Friday night in Sydney, Batherson got the scoring started. On a two-on-one, Mathias Laferriere fed Batherson who made a move to his backhand and beat D'Orio, making it 1-0 Eagles at 9:21.
  • Tyler Hylland scored a few minutes later, but the goal was immediately called off due to a high stick deflection.
  • Thomas Chabot had a rare shorthanded breakaway chance in the first period but could not score.
  • Just eight seconds into the second period, Highmore carried the puck into the zone and fired an innocent looking wrist shot on net that snuck through Mandolese's pads and in, tying the game at 1-1.
  • LeBlanc put Cape Breton back in front with a power play goal at 7:11, beating D'Orio with a wrist shot.
  • Veleno tied the game with a shorthanded goal at 10:00, going in all alone and beating Mandolese with a nice move.
  • Bernier put Saint John in front, 3-2, just 59 seconds later. With some bodies in front of the net, Bernier fired a shot that got past Mandolese and just over the goal line.
  • Fiore tied the game at 3-3 at 15:45, netting his league high 33rd of the year.
  • Fiore scored again at 16:25, this time on a delayed penalty call. The puck came to Fiore in front and he beat D'Orio with a quick shot, making it 4-3 Cape Breton.
  • Fiore completed a natural hat trick at 19:17, putting Cape Breton in front 5-3.
  • Saint John quickly got back within one at 19:51. Joseph carried the puck into the zone and fed Gauthier who fired a shot high glove side on Mandolese.
  • Booth replaced D'Orio in the Sea Dogs net to start the third period. The five goal total D'Orio allowed was the most of his QMJHL career.
  • Dove-McFalls tied the game at 5-5 at 6:00 of the third, cutting into the crease area and sliding the puck past Mandolese.
  • The Eagles went up 6-5 at 7:59. After Booth stopped Fiore, McCormick beat the Sea Dogs netminder to regain the lead.
  • Then at 10:52, Payton Hoyt fed Smith through the crease. The former Dogs prospect beat Booth, making it 7-5 Eagles.
  • Saint John, once again, got back within one at 14:17 as Joseph was able to jam the puck past Mandolese. That made it 7-6.
  • The Sea Dogs pulled Booth with 1:25 left but Saint John had a difficult time keeping the puck in the offensive zone. Gauthier had a chance in the dying seconds but was stopped.
  • There was a ceremony before the game honouring all of Saint John's international participants from the past few months.
  • Some good news: Saint John scored six goals, five of which were at even strength or shorthanded. 
  • Saint John has scored a league high 14 shorthanded goals.
  • Joseph extended his point streak to 20 games, which is the longest active streak in the QMJHL. The longest streaks in the league this season have been 21 games, done by Filip Chlapik and Francois Beauchemin. The longest point streak in Sea Dogs history belongs to Zack Phillips at 22 games.
  • Joseph also has goals in seven straight home games.
  • Highmore now has points in 10 straight home games.
  • Fiore has goals in seven straight road games.
  • Happy birthday shout out to Tim Roszell.

Game Day 42: vs Screaming Eagles

The Saint John Sea Dogs (26-11-3-1, 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) begin a four-game homestand tonight against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (24-17-2-1, 3rd Maritimes, 6th QMJHL). Game time is 3 p.m. at Harbour Station.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Last games: The Sea Dogs and Screaming Eagles met on Friday night at Centre 200. Matthew Highmore had a pair of goals for Saint John while singles came from Joe Veleno and Julien Gauthier. Drake Batherson had Cape Breton's lone goal. Callum Booth made 20 saves in the win. Kyle Jessiman made 29 stops in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: Saint John is 4-1-0-0 against Cape Breton this season while the Screaming Eagles are 1-4-0-0 against the Sea Dogs.

Last meeting: See above.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Screaming Eagles: Defenceman Olivier LeBlanc.

Random stat: Mathieu Joseph is on a 19-game point streak, the longest active streak in the league. There have been two 21-game point streaks in the QMJHL this year.