Some stuff from last night’s game…
- Saint John lost their fourth straight game while Victoriaville ended their four-game losing skid.
- The Sea Dogs fell to 2-9-0-1 on the road this season and have lost seven straight away from Harbour Station.
- Nathan Noel scored his eighth goal of the season last night, retaking the team’s goal scoring lead. Noel has two goals and three assists over his last three games.
- Spencer Smallman continued his solid campaign with a goal and an assist last night. Smallman now has six goals and six assists for 12 points in 22 games, already doubling his point total from last year.
- After playing and scoring four goals in the third period of Saturday’s 7-5 loss in Halifax, the Dogs were held to just five shots on goal in Thursday’s third while allowing 18.
- The Tigres opened the scoring just 1:02 in with a Mathieu Ayotte goal. The goal was reviewed and it would stand.
- Goaltender Brandon Whitney and the newly acquired Matthew Boudreau had assists on Victoriaville’s third goal.
- Boudreau, making his Victoriaville debut, was named first star. He had an assist and seven shots in this game.
- Sebastien Auger was back to being Sebastien Auger. He made 40 stops in the loss, a good showing after getting pulled on Saturday in Halifax. It was the ninth time this season that Auger has faced 40 or more shots.
- Lukas Walter had his eighth fight of the season which, according to HockeyFights.com, is tied for second most in the QMJHL.
- Defenseman Michael Abbott returned to the Saint John lineup. He hadn’t played since October 25th due to an upper body injury. Abbott had three shots last night.
- Jason Cameron took a beating in this one. He was high-sticked in the second period but there was no call. He also blocked a shot in the third period and was in some pain.
- The Sea Dogs were without forwards Samuel Dove-McFalls (upper body) and Connor Donaghey (healthy) along with defensemen Will Thompson (death in family) and Alexander McQuaid (healthy).
- Victoriaville still loves their horns and flashing lights.
NEXT GAME: The Sea Dogs’ three-in-three road trip continues tonight in Sherbrooke with an 8pm contest against the Phoenix.