Friday, January 30, 2015

GAME DAY 49: at Drummondville

A preview of tonight’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Drummondville Voltigeurs…

When and where: Tonight at 8 p.m., Centre Marcel Dionne

TV/Radio/Webcast: TVA Sports/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes Division and eighth overall in the QMJHL with a record of 25-16-1-6 for 57 points. The Voltigeurs are fifth in the West Division and 13th overall with a 23-23-0-3 record for 49 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 7-1 loss in Shawinigan last night. Mathieu Joseph scored Saint John’s lone goal while Alex Bishop made 35 saves in the loss. The Volts are coming off a 5-1 loss in Sherbrooke on Wednesday. Philippe Pelletier-Leblanc scored Drummondville’s only goal while Anthony Brodeur made 23 saves in the loss.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Voltigeurs this season while Drummondville is 0-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Jan. 14 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs edged the Voltigeurs 3-2. Justice Dundas had two goals while Spencer Smallman added a single. Adam Chapman and Sergei Boikov scored for Drummondville. Alex Bishop made 34 saves in the win while Joe Fleschler made 17 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Voltigeurs: None

Random stat: Saint John has lost five straight road games.

SJ notes: Nathan Noel leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 17 goals and 43 points in 48 games this season… Adam Marsh leads Saint John in goals with 19… Noel has a team high 26 assists… 9-12-0-3 on the road this season… 2-6-0-2 in their last 10 games and have lost two straight… Sebastien Auger has a league best GAA (2.67) and SV% (.913)… Marsh is eighth in rookie scoring with 36 points… Marsh is fourth in rookie goals with 19… Jason Bell is fourth in defensemen goals with 11… 15-7-0-1 when scoring first… 4-3-0-1 against West Division teams… the Dogs have the second worst power play in the league with a rating of 16.3… despite allowing five power play goals last night, Saint John still has the best penalty kill in the league with a rating of 83.9… Mathieu Joseph has goals in three straight road games.

DRU notes: Joey Ratelle leads the Volts in scoring with 27 goals and 39 points in 47 games… Ratelle has a team high 27 goals… Alex Barre-Boulet’s 20 assists is a team high… 15-8-0-2 on home ice this season… 5-4-0-1 in their last 10 games… Joe Fleschler has the fifth best GAA in the league (2.88)… Barre-Boulet is 10th in rookie scoring with 34 points… 19-5-0-1 when scoring first… 3-6-0-2 against Maritimes Division teams… the Volts have the league’s worst power play with a rating of 14.0… averaging 2.98 goals per game, the third fewest in the league… Adam Chapman has assists in five straight home games.

Out of town:
Chicoutimi at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM AST
Cape Breton at Halifax - 7:00 PM AST
Baie-Comeau at Moncton - 7:00 PM AST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Victoriaville at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs’ three-in-three Quebec road trip comes to an end tomorrow with a 5 p.m. contest against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

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