Friday, September 19, 2014

GAMEDAY 3: vs Titan

A preview of tonight’s game between the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Saint John Sea Dogs…

When and where: Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Harbour Station

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

Records: The Titan are 1-1-0-0 for two points and sit third in the Maritimes Division and 10th overall in the QMJHL. The Sea Dogs are last in the Maritimes and 15th overall with a 0-1-0-1 record for one point.

Last games: Bathurst is coming off a 5-4 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Saturday night. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel, Christophe Boivin, Bronson Beaton, and Mark Simpson all scored for the Titan. Saint John is coming off a 5-2 loss to the Moncton Wildcats on Sunday. Nathan Noel and Drew Gross scored for the Dogs.

2013-14 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs went 5-4-0-0 against the Titan last season while Bathurst went 4-4-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: March 9 in Bathurst when the Titan defeated the Sea Dogs 7-4. Guillaume Brisebois and Scott Oke each had two goals for Bathurst while Oliver Cooper had a pair for Saint John.

Random stat: Matthew Highmore had three goals and eight assists in nine games against the Titan last season.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: None

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Notebook: Roster Moves Made

The Sea Dogs announced a couple of roster moves on Thursday.

Forward Drew Gross has been sent back to the MHL’s Woodstock Slammers. In two games with the Dogs this season, the 18-year old recorded one goal.

"We were very impressed with Drew's performance last weekend," said Sea Dogs General Manager Darrell Young in a release. "He proved to us that he can play at this level."

Meanwhile, forward Anthony Salemi, who joined the Sea Dogs on a tryout basis earlier this week, has been sent back to the OJHL’s Newmarket Hurricanes. He will remain on Saint John’s protected list.

The Columbus Blue Jackets blog “The Cannon” took a look at some of the team’s prospects heading into the 2014-15 season. Among those examined was Sea Dogs defenseman Olivier LeBlanc.

Speaking of LeBlanc and the Jackets, they won the annual Traverse City prospects tournament.

The St. John’s Telegram had an article on Nathan Noel this week. In it, Noel talks about being left off Canada’s U-18 team, his draft year, and the veterans the Sea Dogs added this off-season.

Sea Dogs prospect Declan Smith is off to a hot start in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. In two games with the Cape Breton West Islanders, Smith has three goals and five assists and sits second in league scoring.

Last season, Smith had 12 goals and 21 points in 30 games. The 16-year old was a fourth-round pick of Saint John in May’s QMJHL Entry Draft.

Home Opener Details Released

The Sea Dogs have announced some details regarding tomorrow night’s home opener. The Dogs, celebrating their 10th anniversary this season, will host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at 7:30 p.m.

Here are the details:
  • The Sea Dogs Fan Fair starts at 5:30 p.m. at the east entrance of Harbour Station with musician Ryan Gautreau of Radio Factory providing entertainment. Tenth-anniversary cake will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. This area will be licensed, but fans of all ages are welcome to have cake. Face-painting will also be available.
  • As per usual, every member of the Sea Dogs’ current roster will be introduced. There will also be a pre-game video highlighting historic moments in team history.
  • Saint John will be wearing special jerseys which will feature “the anniversary logo and the names of all 177 players who played for the team before the start of this season.”
  • Special guests at the game include Scott McCain, Jeff Caron, and Mike Thomas.
  • The biggest announcement the team made today is that former mascot Splash will be making an appearance.

It’s gonna be a time.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Reinforcements Are Coming [Updated]

Per this tweet, forward Matthew Highmore and Olivier LeBlanc have both been returned to the Sea Dogs. Highmore had been attending Montreal Canadiens rookie camp while LeBlanc had been at the Traverse City prospects tournament with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Mitchell Dempsey has yet to be returned to Saint John by the Boston Bruins.

The Sea Dogs host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Salemi On Tryout; Highmore Sent Back

Anthony Salemi is on a three-day tryout with the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The team announced this afternoon that the 17-year old free agent forward has been added to the team’s roster for, at minimum, a few days.

According to a Sea Dogs press release, the Brooklin, Ontario native “began this season with the with the Newmarket Hurricanes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), where he posted two assists and twelve penalty minutes in his first two games.”

Last season, Salemi played in 26 games with the Ajax/Pickering Raiders Major Midget AAA program where he registered 19 goals and 22 assists.

"We saw him at the Ontario Midget AAA Championships last year and he was one of the most dominating players in the tournament," said Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young. "We like his skill, competitiveness and hockey sense.”

In other roster news, the Montreal Canadiens have sent Matthew Highmore back to the Sea Dogs. Highmore had been attending the team’s rookie camp but did not receive an invite to main camp.

Saint John’s next game is this Friday at 7:30 p.m. against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at Harbour Station.

Monday, September 15, 2014

News & Notes From Sunday's Game

Some news and notes from yesterday’s Sea Dogs game…

  • Drew Gross scored his first QMJHL goal on Sunday, netting a shorthanded marker in the third period.
  • Nathan Noel recorded his first goal of the season in the third period on a shorthanded breakaway. Noel also scored in Saint John’s first game in Moncton last season.
  • Moncton allowed two shorthanded goals yesterday. They also allowed two on Friday against Cape Breton.
  • Saint John’s shorthanded goals came during a high sticking double minor to Matt Green.
  • Saint John’s penalty kill had another busy day, killing off seven of Moncton’s eight power plays. The Dogs have allowed one power play goal this season while scoring two shorthanded goals.
  • Wildcats really dominated the second period, outshooting Saint John 14-4.
  • Alexander Kealey and Lane Cormier were tossed in the third period for a staged fight.
  • Saint John earned just one point this weekend, the fewest in the division. Cape Breton was the only Maritimes Division team to win both of their games.
  • Legit light show before the game at the Coliseum.