Sunday, January 4, 2015

GAME DAY 39: at Charlottetown

A preview of today’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Charlottetown Islanders…

When and where: Today at 3 p.m., Eastlink Centre

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes Division, fifth overall in the QMJHL and ranked ninth in the CHL Top 10 with a 23-10-1-4 record for 51 points. The Islanders are fourth in the Maritimes and 12th overall with a 19-19-1-1 record for 40 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-1 win over the Halifax Mooseheads last night at Harbour Station. Spencer Smallman scored twice while singles came from Jakub Zboril and Adam Marsh. Sebastien Auger made 30 saves in the win. The Islanders are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday at Centre 200. Bradley Kennedy had Charlottetown’s lone goal while Mason McDonald made 22 saves in the loss.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 2-1-1-1 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 3-1-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Nov. 27 at Eastlink Centre when the Islanders scored four goals in the third period to down the Sea Dogs 6-5. Filip Chlapik and Alexandre Goulet each scored twice while Bradley Kennedy and Ross Johnston added singles for Charlottetown. Thomas Chabot, Nathan Noel, Matthew Highmore, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Mathieu Joseph all scored for Saint John. Mason McDonald made 31 saves in the win while Sebastien Auger made 32 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Islanders: Oliver Cooper and Will Thompson

Random stat: The Sea Dogs have scored nine shorthanded goals this season, the second most in the league. Rimouski has scored a league high 10.

SJ notes: Adam Marsh, Spencer Smallman and Nathan Noel are all tied for the team lead in scoring with 32 points each… Marsh has scored a team high 18 goals… Noel leads the team in assists with 20… winners of three straight… 9-9-0-1 on the road this season… Smallman is tied for the league lead in shorthanded goals with four… Sebastien Auger has a league best GAA of 2.55 and SV% of .916… Marsh remains seventh in rookie scoring… Marsh is tied for the rookie lead in goals with 18… Thomas Chabot is 13th in defensemen scoring with 24 points… 14-3-0-1 when scoring first… 16-6-1-2 against Maritimes Division teams… their power play rating of 16.4 is second worst in the league… their penalty kill rating of 84.3 is second best in the league… averaging 2.94 goals against per game, the second fewest in the league… Smallman has goals in four straight games… Jakub Zboril has penalty minutes in six straight games.

CHA notes: Daniel Sprong leads the Islanders in scoring with 42 points… Sprong and Alexandre Goulet are tied for the team lead in goals with 21 each… Filip Chlapik has a team high 25 assists… 12-7-1-0 at home this season… losers of two straight… Mason McDonald is second in loses with 14… Chlapik is third in rookie scoring with 41 points. He is also third in rookie goals and assists… Ryan McKinnin is ninth in defensemen scoring with 27 points… 13-4-0-0 when scoring first… 13-12-1-1 against teams within the division… averaging 3.15 goals per game, the second fewest in the league… averaging 31.66 shots against per game, the third most in the league… Goulet has goals in three straight home games… winners of four straight home games.

Out of town:
Moncton at Cape Breton - 2:00 PM AST
Acadie-Bathurst at Halifax - 2:00 PM AST
Chicoutimi at Blainville-Boisbriand - 4:00 PM EST
Shawinigan at Gatineau - 4:00 PM EST
Baie-Comeau at Rimouski - 4:00 PM EST
Drummondville at Rouyn-Noranda - 4:00 PM EST
Sherbrooke at Val-d'Or - 4:00 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

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