Friday, February 6, 2015

GAME DAY: 52: vs Phoenix

A preview of tonight’s game between the Sherbrooke Phoenix and Saint John Sea Dogs…

When and where: Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Harbour Station

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

Records: The Phoenix are second in the West Division and sixth overall in the QMJHL with a record of 29-18-1-3 for 62 points. The Sea Dogs sit second in the Maritimes Division and seventh overall with a 26-18-1-6 record for 59 points.

Last games: The Phoenix are coming off a 4-1 loss in Halifax last night. Carl Neill scored Sherbrooke’s lone goal while Evan Fitzpatrick made 25 saves in the loss. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-2 loss on home ice to the Rimouski Oceanic on Wednesday. Bailey Webster and Adam Bateman had Saint John’s goals. Sebastien Auger allowed six goals on 22 shots in 40 minutes of action. Alex Bishop made 13 saves in the third period.

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

Last meeting: Jan. 18 in Sherbrooke where the Phoenix edged the Sea Dogs 6-5 in a shootout. Daniel Audette had two goals for Sherbrooke while singles came from Cameron Darcy, David Storto and Gabriel Fontaine. Jason Bell, Mathieu Joseph, Juraj Siska, Bokondji Imama and Spencer Smallman had Saint John goals. Evan Fitzpatrick made 28 saves in the win while Alex Bishop made 17 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Phoenix: None

Random stat: The Phoenix are 15-1-1-3 in one-goal games.

SHE notes: Kay Schweri leads the Phoenix in scoring with 58 points in 43 games… Tim Wieser leads Sherbooke in goals with 34… Schweri has a team high 47 assists which is good for fourth in the league… Wieser is third in power play goals with 15… Schweri is second in rookie scoring and second in rookie assists. He also leads all rookies in power play points with 25… Jeremy Roy is fifth in defensemen scoring with 39 points… Roy is second in defensemen assists with 34… 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 games… 11-10-0-3 on the road this season… 18-2-0-0 when scoring first… 7-2-0-1 against Maritimes Division teams.

SJ notes: Nathan Noel leads Saint John in scoring with 46 points in 51 games this season… Adam Marsh leads the Sea Dogs in goals with 20… Noel has a team high 27 assists… Samuel Dove-McFalls is second in shorthanded assists with three… Adam Marsh is eighth in rookie scoring with 38 points… Marsh is third in rookie goals with 20… Jason Bell and Thomas Chabot are 19th and 20th in defensemen scoring with 28 points each… 16-7-0-1 when scoring first… 5-4-0-1 against West Division teams… 3-6-0-1 in their last 10 games and have lost two straight… the Sea Dogs have the second worst power play in the league with a rating of 16%... Saint John has the league’s best penalty kill with a rating of 84.2%... the Dogs have lost two straight home games.

Out of town:
Acadie-Bathurst at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Drummondville at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Gatineau at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EST
Shawinigan at Québec - 7:30 PM EST
Rouyn-Noranda at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Moncton Wildcats on Sunday at 3 p.m. 

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