Sunday, February 26, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 5-3

FINAL: Halifax 3, Saint John 5
SAINT JOHN - It wasn't the prettiest of games, but the Saint John Sea Dogs ended a two-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon at Harbour Station.

Cole Reginato, Nathan Noel, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Matthew Highmore and Bokondji Imama all scored in Saint John's 5-3 victory over the Halifax Mooseheads. Callum Booth made 18 saves in the victory.

Playing without Thomas Chabot and Julien Gauthier once again, the Sea Dogs had troubles getting into a groove in this game and looked a bit flat at times. The Sea Dogs generated just 23 shots in another penalty filled game. Only seven of those shots were considered dangerous by the league.

Maxime Fortier, Keigan Goetz and Jake Coughler scored for Halifax. Alexis Gravel made 18 saves in the loss.

To the notes...

  • The Sea Dogs opened the scoring at 9:40 of the first period when Reginato redirected a shot top corner past Gravel. It was Saint John's first shot of the game.
  • Halifax tied the game at 14:15 with a shorthanded goal. With Alexandre Bernier and Highmore both caught - and Highmore falling down at his defensive blue line - Fortier finished off a nicely executed two-on-none with Nico Hischier to tie the game at 1-1.
  • With 43.6 seconds left in the opening period, Frederic Aube blasted a shot from the line that was deflected by Goetz and past Booth high glove side, giving Halifax their first lead of the afternoon.
  • Noel tied the game with a shorthanded marker at 6:23 of the second period, beating Gravel five hole with a wrist shot.
  • The Mooseheads went to the power play at 9:26 after the Sea Dogs were caught with too many men. On the ensuing man advantage, Halifax retook the lead at 9:06 when Coughler scored.
  • Saint John quickly tied the game once again at 11:06 when Dove-McFalls beat Gravel. That made it a 3-3 game.
  • Imama scored with 8:32 left in the period, but the goal was quickly called off by the officials - although video evidence may disagree.
  • Saint John took a 4-3 lead at 18:03 when Highmore beat Gravel in close, making it 4-3.
  • Noel was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for a check to the head at 5:08 of the third. The Sea Dogs would kill off the penalty, though.
  • In a third period that featured several power plays for both sides, Imama hit the Mooseheads' empty net with 50 seconds remaining, making it a 5-3 final.
  • There were no alternate captains for the Sea Dogs in this game, a move made by head coach Danny Flynn following Friday's ugly loss to Cape Breton.
  • Before the game, former Sea Dogs PA announcer Peter McDevitt, who has been recovering from cancer, performed the ceremonial puck drop.
  • Symphony New Brunswick performed the Hockey Night in Canada TSN Hockey theme song before the game.
  • Oddly, this was Hischier's first game at Harbour Station.
  • With an assist on Reginato's first period goal, Noel now has 200 career QMJHL points.
  • Joseph has been held pointless in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
  • Reginato has goals in back-to-back games and four goals in the month of February.
  • Fortier now leads the league in shorthanded goals with six. Joseph has five.
  • The attendance of 6,011 was a season high for a Sea Dogs home game. It was also sell-out, per the team.
  • After a weekend of basketball, the ice at Harbour Station did not look its best.
  • Highmore appeared to get injured in the final second of the game but did come out for the three stars presentation.

Game Day 59: vs Mooseheads

The Saint John Sea Dogs (39-13-5-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL) look to rebound from back-to-back overtime loses today when they host the Halifax Mooseheads (26-28-2-3, 5th Maritimes, 12th QMJHL) at 3 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss in Cape Breton on Friday. Matt Green and Cole Reginato scored for Saint John. Callum Booth made 19 saves in the loss. The Mooseheads are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday. Benoit-Olivier Groulx and Jocktan Chainey scored for Halifax. Alexis Gravel made 26 saves in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 2-2-0-0 against the Mooseheads this season while Halifax is 2-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Feb. 3 at Scotiabank Centre where the Sea Dogs defeated the Mooseheads 7-4. Cole Reginato had two goals for Saint John while singles came from Joe Veleno, Spencer Smallman, Jakub Zboril, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Bokondji Imama. Jake Coughler, Nico Hischier, Arnaud Durandeau and Otto Somppi scored for Halifax. Callum Booth made 15 saves in the win. Alexis Gravel made 24 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Mooseheads: Goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon.

Random stat: Today's game kicks off a stretch off seven straight home matches for the Sea Dogs. Saint John has played just 27 home games so far this year, which is the fewest in the QMJHL.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Chabot suspended two games

Saint John Sea Dogs defenceman Thomas Chabot has been suspended by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

According to RDS, Chabot has received a two-game suspension for his checking to the head infraction that took place in the third period of Friday's Sea Dogs game in Sydney. The play, which involved Cape Breton's Yannik Bertrand, resulted in a five-minute major and game misconduct for Chabot at 11:14 of the third.

The hit ended up being a game changing play. The Eagles, down 2-0 at the time, scored on the ensuing power play, scored on another power play with their goaltender pulled at 18:01, and then won the game in overtime.

It's the second time this month the Sea Dogs defenceman has been suspended. On Feb. 8, Chabot was suspended two games for a "dangerous slew-foot."

Chabot will miss Saint John's Sunday and Wednesday home games against the Halifax Mooseheads. The Ottawa Senators prospect has eight goals and 30 assists in 28 games this season.

RECAP: Sea Dogs 3-2 (OT)

FINAL: Saint John 2, Cape Breton 3
Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

SYDNEY, NS – The Saint John Sea Dogs blew a late lead and fell 3-2 in overtime to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday night at Centre 200.

The Sea Dogs held control of much of the game but, after a major penalty, the Eagles took over, scoring two power play goals in the third period and then winning the match in extra time.

Goal scorers for the Sea Dogs were Matt Green and Cole Reginato while Callum Booth took the OT loss, stopping 19 of 22 shots.

Answering for the Screaming Eagles were Ross MacDougall, Leon Gawanke and Giovanni Fiore. Kyle Jessiman picked up the win for the Screaming Eagles, making 25 saves.

To the notes…

  • The Sea Dogs got on the board first just 29 seconds into the game when Green had the puck go off his skate and in. The goal was reviewed and ruled a goal.
  • Reginato extended the Sea Dogs' lead at 11:00 of the second period, making a deke around Jessiman to make it 2-0 Saint John.
  • Thomas Chabot took a five-minute major and a game misconduct at 11:14 of the third period - and the Sea Dogs seemed to unravel from there.
  • First it was MacDougall getting the Eagles on the board with a power play marker at 14:56 of the third, wristing a shot from the point that found its way through a crowd.
  • The Eagles then pulled Jessiman while on another power play and, at 18:01, Gawanke hammered a shot that beat Booth, sending this game to overtime.
  • The Eagles ended the game in OT at 1:46 when Phelix Maritneau flicked a shot towards the net. Fiore was able to pick it up and beat Booth to complete the comeback win for the Eagles.
  • Green now has 13 points more than his first two seasons combined (12).
  • Prior to the game, word out of the NHL saw former Sea Dog and Memorial Cup champion Tomas Jurco traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for a third-round pick.
  • Landon Quinney made his return to the lineup after missing several games with an upper body injury.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Game Day 58: at Cape Breton

Coming off a wild overtime loss on Wednesday, the Saint John Sea Dogs (39-13-4-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL) hit the road to face the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (32-22-2-2, 4th Maritimes, 8th QMJHL) tonight at 7 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off an 8-7 overtime loss to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday. Nathan Noel had a hat trick for Saint John, Spencer Smallman scored twice and singles came from Bokondji Imama and Thomas Chabot. Callum Booth made 17 saves in 20 minutes of action. Alex D'Orio made 18 saves in the final two periods plus OT. The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 5-2 home loss to the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Thursday. Giovanni Fiore and Massimo Carozza scored for Cape Breton. Kevin Mandolese made 28 saves in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 5-2-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 2-5-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Feb. 4 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Screaming Eagles 7-0. Mathieu Joseph had two goals while solo markers came from Joe Veleno, Jakub Zboril, Simon Bourque, Julien Gauthier and Samuel Dove-McFalls. Callum Booth made 17 saves in the win. Kevin Mandolese made 26 stops in the loss.

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

Random stat: This is Saint John's final road game until March 15. With four away games remaining, Saint John has a record of 21-7-1-1 on the road and have won 10 straight.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 8-7 (OT)

FINAL: Bathurst 8, Saint John 7 (OT)
SAINT JOHN - That was wild.

In a game that featured very little defence from either side, the Saint John Sea Dogs fell 8-7 in overtime to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday night at Harbour Station.

While neither coaching staffs likely enjoyed the game, it was quite an entertaining, wild and back-and-forth hockey game. Momentum shifted quickly several times. Leads were gained. Leads were lost. It was a roller coaster.

There have been some strange meetings between the Sea Dogs and Titan over the past couple seasons, and despite Saint John being statistically better, the team has had its struggles against Bathurst - as was evident tonight. Tonight's loss means the Sea Dogs will lose the season series between the two, even with one meeting remaining.

Bathurst clinched a playoff spot with tonight's win. Winners of six straight, they now sit sixth in the QMJHL with a record of 33-20-3-2. Given how the Titan have been playing lately, they could certainly be a tough playoff opponent for any team.

Nathan Noel had a hat trick for Saint John, Spencer Smallman had two goals and singles came from Bokondji Imama and Thomas Chabot. Callum Booth was pulled after allowing four goals on 21 shots. Alex D'Orio allowed four goals on 22 shots in relief.

Christophe Boivin and Vladimir Kuznetsov each scored twice for Bathurst while singles came from Daniil Miromanov, Joakim Paradis, Felix Boivin and Rodrigo Abols. Anthony Dumont-Bouchard allowed seven goals on 30 shots in the win.

To the notes...
  • Smallman opened the scoring just 1:58 in, firing a shot past Dumont-Bouchard and off the bar and in, making it 1-0 Saint John.
  • Smallman was called for high sticking at 5:18. On the man advantage at 7:02, a shot was tipped by Miromanov and beat Booth upstairs, making it a 1-1 game.
  • Shortly after the Bathurst power play ended, Miromanov carried the puck into the zone but ran into some traffic in the slot. The Titan forward slid the puck over where Kuznetsov was entering the zone, who then beat Booth with a wrist shot, making it 2-1 Bathurst at 9:10.
  • With 6:19 left in the first, Paradis fired a shot from the line through some traffic that beat Booth low blocker side, making it 3-1 Bathurst.
  • The Titan made it 4-1 at 17:24. Boivin picked up a rebound in close and slid the puck past Booth.
  • Saint John had a dreadful first period, allowing four goals and 21 shots. Even with Smallman's four-minute penalty, that's a lot.
  • D'Orio started the second period in net.
  • Imama got the scoring started in the second. On a power play at 4:06, Saint John's leading goal scorer redirected a shot past Dumont-Bouchard, making it 4-2.
  • Saint John quickly made it 4-3 at 6:08. After some nice cycling work by Smallman, the Sea Dogs captain fired a nice pass to Noel who scored into a wide open cage.
  • Then at 6:35, Noel scored again, beating Dumont-Bouchard with a wrist shot, tying the game at 4-4.
  • Boivin got the Titan back in front at 9:27, beating D'Orio top corner on a breakaway.
  • During a five-on-three power play at 18:18, Felix Boivin blasted a slap shot from the high slot past D'Orio, giving Bathurst a 6-4 advantage.
  • Just 33 seconds into the third period, Smallman grabbed the puck in front of the net and skated around a down Dumont-Bouchard, sliding it in to make it 6-5.
  • On a four-on-three Sea Dogs power play, Chabot fired a bomb from the high slot, making it a 6-6 game at 12:46.
  • Then at 13:55, Noel completed the hat trick, giving Saint John a 7-6 advantage.
  • But at 15:41 and with D'Orio down on the ice, Kuznetsov was able to find a small hole between the Dogs netminder's leg and the post, making it a 7-7 game.
  • With 1:15 remaining, Zachary Malatesta fired a hard shot that beat D'Orio but not the crossbar.
  • Abols scored the overtime winner just 13 seconds in as the puck squeaked through D'Orio's pads, giving Bathurst the extra point.
  • Saint John wore their black third jerseys.
  • Sea Dogs equipment manager David "DK" Kelly returned to the Sea Dogs bench after battling thyroid cancer. He received a nice ovation from the crowd and teams during the first TV timeout.
  • Paradis' goal was the first of his QMJHL career.
  • Veleno was given a 10-minute misconduct for "abuse of officials" in the third period.
  • Smallman (two goals, three assists) and Noel (three goals, two assists) each had five points.
  • Chabot had three assists along with a goal.
  • The Sea Dogs were outshot for just the ninth time this season.