Saturday, February 14, 2015

GAME DAY 55: at Rimouski

A preview of today’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Rimouski Oceanic…

When and where: Today at 5 p.m., Colisée Financière Sun Life

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes Division and sixth overall in the QMJHL standings with a 28-18-2-6 record for 64 points. The Oceanic are first in the East Division and third overall with a 34-13-2-2 record for 72 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss in Bathurst last night. Daniel Del Paggio and Adam Marsh scored in the loss while Sebastien Auger made 17 saves. The Oceanic are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss in Cape Breton last Saturday. Christopher Clapperton scored twice for Rimouski while Anthony DeLuca added a single. Philippe Desrosiers made 20 saves in the loss.

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

Last meeting: Feb. 4 at Harbour Station where the Oceanic defeated the Sea Dogs 6-2. Francois Beauchemin scored twice for Rimouski while Anthony DeLuca, Alexis Loiseau, Samuel Laberge and Michael Joly added singles. Bailey Webster and Adam Bateman scored for Saint John. Philippe Desrosiers made 30 saves in the win while Sebastien Auger and Alex Bishop combined to make 29 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Oceanic: None

Random stat: This is Saint John’s final regular season game in Quebec.

SJ notes: Nathan Noel leads Saint John in scoring with 47 points in 54 games this season… Adam Marsh has scored a team high 22 goals… Noel leads the team in assists with 28… Sebastien Auger’s save percentage of .911 leads the league… Samuel Dove-McFalls is tied for third in shorthanded points with five… Marsh is eighth in rookie scoring with 40 points… Thomas Chabot is 17th in defensemen scoring with 31 points… 10-13-1-3 on the road this season… 17-7-0-1 when scoring first… 4-4-0-2 against East Division teams… the Sea Dogs have the third worst power play in the league with a rating of 16.1%... Saint John has the best penalty kill in the league with a rating of 83.8%... Justice Dundas has penalty minutes in four straight road games… 4-4-1-1 in their last 10 games.

RIM notes: Alexis Loiseau leads the Oceanic in scoring and is eighth in league scoring with 74 points in 51 games… Loiseau and Anthony DeLuca are tied for the team goal scoring lead with 30 each… Loiseau leads the team in assists with 44… Loiseau leads the league in shorthanded points with eight… Philippe Desrosiers’s GAA of 2.66 is second best in the league… 20-4-0-1 on home ice this season… 24-2-1-2 when scoring first… 5-2-0-1 against Maritimes Division teams… Rimouski has the third best penalty kill in the league with a rating of 82.9%... the Oceanic have scored a league high 19 shorthanded goals… Rimouski’s goals per game average of 4.01 is second best in the league… their average of 3.12 goals against per game is the second lowest in the league… have won five straight home games… 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 games.

Out of town:
Baie-Comeau at Victoriaville - 4:00 PM EST
Shawinigan at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM AST
Cape Breton at Halifax - 8:00 PM AST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Victoriaville Tigres on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station. 

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