A preview of tonight’s game between the Victoriaville Tigres and Saint John Sea Dogs…
When and where: Tonight at 7 p.m., Harbour Station
TV/Radio/Webcasts: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live
Records: The Tigres are sixth in the East Division and 15th overall in the QMJHL with a 23-27-2-4 record for 52 points. The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes Division and seventh overall with a 28-19-2-6 record for 64 points.
Last games: The Tigres are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Moncton Wildcats last Sunday in Victoriaville. Samuel Blais scored both goals for the Tigres while Olivier Tremblay made 18 saves in the loss. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 7-3 loss in Rimouski on Saturday. Mathieu Joseph, Spencer Smallman and Braydon Blight all scored for Saint John while Alex Bishop made 36 saves in the loss.
2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Tigres this season while Victoriaville is 0-1-0-0 against Saint John.
Last meeting: Dec. 10 in Victoriaville where the Sea Dogs edged the Tigres 3-1. Matthew Highmore scored twice for Saint John while Justice Dundas added a solo marker. Jordan Ty Fournier had the Tigres’ only goal. Sebastien Auger made 24 saves in the win and Chase Marchand made 22 stops in the loss.
Ex-Sea Dogs on the Tigres: Nikita Li
Random stat: In 49 games with the Tigres this season, Nikita Li has eight goals and four assists. Juarj Siska, who the Sea Dogs kept over Li, has seven goals and seven assists in 51 games.
SJ notes: Nathan Noel leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 47 points in 55 games… Adam Marsh leads Saint John in goals with 22… Noel has a team high 28 assists… Samuel Dove-McFalls is third in the league in shorthanded points with six… Sebastien Auger’s save percentage of .911 leads the league… Marsh is eighth in rookie scoring with 41 points… Marsh is fourth in rookie goal scoring… Saint John is now averaging 19.35 penalty minutes per game, the most in the league… 18-5-1-3 on home ice this season… 17-7-0-1 when scoring first… 4-5-0-2 against East Division teams… their penalty kill rating of 83.4% leads the league… Justice Dundas has penalty minutes in seven straight games… the Sea Dogs have won two straight on home ice… 4-5-1-0 in their last 10 games… Bokondji Imama will serve the first game of a four-game suspension this evening.
Out of town: No other games
Next game: The Sea Dogs travel to Charlottetown on Friday to battle the snow and the Islanders at 7 p.m.