Thursday, October 30, 2014

GAMEDAY 16: at Cape Breton

A preview of tonight’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles…

When and where: Tonight at 7 p.m., Centre 200

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are first in the Maritimes Division and third overall in the QMJHL with a 9-3-0-3 record for 21 points. The Screaming Eagles are fourth in the Maritimes and 14th overall with a 7-8-1-1 record for 16 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Quebec Remparts on Sunday. Juraj Siska had both Saint John regulation time goals while Sebastien Auger made 34 saves. The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 2-1 loss in Charlottetown on Sunday. Kyle Farrell had Cape Breton’s lone goal while Francois Brassard made 25 stops in the loss.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-1-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 1-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 4 in Sydney when the Screaming Eagles edged the Sea Dogs 4-2. Duncan MacIntyre had two goals for the Eagles while Colby Tower and Kyle Farrell added singles. Spencer Smallman and Samuel Dove-McFalls had Saint John goals. Blade Mann-Dixon made 23 saves in the loss while Francois Brassard made 26 in the win.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Screaming Eagles: None

Random stat: Samuel Dove-McFalls has a goal and two assists in three games against Cape Breton this season.

SJ notes: Nathan Noel leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 16 points… Noel’s nine goals are a team high… Thomas Chabot leads the team in assists with nine… Sebastien Auger is second in wins, saves and minutes played… Adam Marsh is seventh in rookie scoring with 15 points… Chabot is sixth in defensemen scoring with 12 points… 7-0-0-1 when scoring first… 8-3-0-1 against Maritimes Division teams… Saint John’s power play rating of 13% is the worst in the league… averaging 4.04 goals per game, the second most in the league… Jack vanBoekel has penalty minutes in four straight games.

CB notes: Kyle Farrell leads the Screaming Eagles in scoring and is fifth in the league with 27 points… Farrell leads the league in goals with 17… Evgeny Svechnikov has a team high 14 assists… Farrell is third in the league in shots on goal with 53… Svechnikov is fourth in rookie scoring with 21 points… 4-2-0-1 on home ice… Cape Breton’s penalty kill rating of 87% is the best in the league… have scored a league high six shorthanded goals… Farrell has scored in three straight games.

Out of town: None

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Screaming Eagles on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

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