Friday, February 13, 2015

GAME DAY 54: at Bathurst

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

When and where: Tonight at 7:30 p.m., KC Irving Regional Centre

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes Division and sixth overall in the QMJHL with a record of 28-18-1-6 for 63 points. The Titan are sixth in the Maritimes and last overall with a 14-35-4-2 record for 34 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-1 win over the Moncton Wildcats on Sunday at Harbour Station. Adam Marsh, Juraj Siska and Thomas Chabot all scored in the win while Sebastien Auger made 30 saves. The Titan are coming off a 3-0 loss in Halifax on Saturday. Reilly Pickard made 25 saves in the loss.

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

Last meeting: Jan. 7 at Harbour Station where the Titan defeated the Sea Dogs 6-4. Mark Simpson had two goals for Bathurst while singles came from Andrew Ryan, Jordan Maher, Aaron Kerr and Nicholas Blanchard. Spencer Smallman scored twice for Saint John while Justice Dundas and Mitchell Dempsey also scored. Daniel Vautour made 31 saves in the win while Sebastien Auger made 25 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: None

Random stat: The Titan have allowed just two shootout goals on 14 attempts this season.

SJ notes: Nathan Noel leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 47 points in 53 games… Adam Marsh leads Saint John in goals with 21… Noel has a team high 28 assists… Sebastien Auger’s save percentage of .912 leads the league… Adam Marsh is eighth in rookie scoring with 39 points… Thomas Chabot is 16th in defensemen scoring with 31 points… 17-7-0-1 when scoring first… 18-10-1-3 against Maritimes Division teams… owners of the league’s best penalty kill with a rating of 83.9%... 10-13-0-3 on the road this season… 4-5-0-1 in their last 10 games and have won two straight.

A-B notes: Mark Simpson leads the Titan in scoring with 36 points in 46 games… Raphael Corriveau leads the team in goals with 17… Simpson has a team high 23 assists… Jordan Maher is tied for the league lead in rookie power play goals with seven… 9-15-3-0 on home ice this season… 12-8-2-1 when scoring first… 10-19-3-2 against Maritimes Division teams… the Titan have the second worst power play in the league with a rating of 15.2%... Bathurst has the third worst penalty kill in the league with a rating of 74.7%... the Titan have allowed a league high 12 shorthanded goals and scored a league low one… averaging 2.34 goals per game, the fewest in the league… 1-8-0-1 in their past 10 games and have lost five straight.

Out of town:
Cape Breton at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM AST
Moncton at Chicoutimi - 7:00 PM EST
Shawinigan at Halifax - 8:00 PM AST
Rouyn-Noranda at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Drummondville - 7:30 PM EST
Québec at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs travel to Rimouski to battle the Oceanic tomorrow at 5 p.m.

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