Wednesday, January 7, 2015

GAME DAY 40: vs Titan

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

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

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Titan are sixth in the Maritimes Division and 18th overall in the QMJHL with a 12-25-4-1 record for 29 points. The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes and fifth overall with a 23-11-1-4 record for 51 points.

Last games: The Titan are coming off a 3-1 win in Halifax on Sunday. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel, Guillaume Brisebois and Christophe Boivin scored for Bathurst while Daniel Vautour made 17 saves in the win. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-4 loss in Charlottetown on Sunday. Olivier LeBlanc, Nathan Noel, Justice Dundas and Matthew Highmore scored for Saint John while Alex Bishop made 25 stops in the loss.

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

Last meeting: Dec. 29 in Bathurst when the Sea Dogs defeated the Titan 5-1. Mitchell Dempsey, Justice Dundas, Matthew Green, Spencer Smallman and Braydon Blight scored for Saint John while Sebastien Auger made 27 saves in the win. Jordan Maher scored Bathurst’s lone goal while Alexandre Lagace made 25 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: None

Random stat: The Titan have allowed just one shootout goal against on 11 attempts this season.

A-B notes: Mark Simpson leads the Titan in scoring with 31 points in 42 games this season… Raphael Corriveau has a team high 15 goals… Simpson leads the Titan in assists with 20… 4-14-1-1 on the road this season… 3-4-3-0 in their last 10 games and are coming off a win… Jeffrey Truchon-Viel is fourth in rookie penalty minutes… Nicolas Dumulong leads all defensemen in penalty minutes… 11-8-2-1 when scoring first… 8-13-3-1 against Maritimes Division teams… their penalty kill rating of 17.4 is third worst in the league… their power play rating of 75.1 is fourth worst in the league… averaging 2.59 goals per game this season, the fewest in the league… Dumulong has penalty minutes in seven straight games.

SJ notes: Nathan Noel leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 34 points in 39 games… Adam Marsh has a team high 18 goals this season… Noel leads the team in assists with 21… 14-1-1-3 at Harbour Station this season… 5-5 in their last 10 games and are coming off a loss… Spencer Smallman is second in the league in shorthanded goals with four… Sebastien Auger continues to lead the league in GAA (2.55) and SV% (.916)… Marsh is eighth in rookie scoring with 32 points… Thomas Chabot is 13th in defensemen scoring with 24 points… 14-4-0-1 when scoring first… 16-7-1-2 against Maritimes Division teams… their power play rating of 16.7 is second worst in the league… owners of the league’s best penalty kill rating of 84.6… Jakub Zboril has penalty minutes in six straight games.

Out of town:
Gatineau at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Victoriaville at Drummondville - 7:00 PM EST
Shawinigan at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Québec at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs travel to Moncton tomorrow to battle the Wildcats at 7 p.m.

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