Thursday, August 27, 2015

PRE-SEASON GAME DAY 5: vs Wildcats

A preview of tonight’s game between the Moncton Wildcats and Saint John Sea Dogs…

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

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/None/None (follow @station_nation on Twitter for updates)

Records: The Sea Dogs are 3-1-0-0 this pre-season while the Wildcats are also 3-1-0-0. Last season, Saint John finished third in the Maritimes Division and 10th overall in the league with a record of 32-26-4-6 for 74 points. The Wildcats finished first in the Maritimes and second overall with a 46-19-0-3 record for 95 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 7-3 win over the Wildcats last Saturday at Harbour Station. Matthew Highmore scored twice while singles came from Daniel Del Paggio, Joe Veleno, Adam Marsh, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Matt Green. Marc-Antoine Turcotte and Alex Bishop combined to make 35 saves. The Wildcats are coming off a 6-3 victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Sunday. Brendan Bornstein, Kevin Klima, Bronson Beaton, Conor Garland, Kelly Klima and Zack MacEwen scored for Moncton. Zachary Fortin made 27 saves in the win.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 2-6-0-1 against the Wildcats last season while Moncton went 7-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Last Saturday at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Wildcats 7-3. Matthew Highmore scored twice for Saint John while singles came from Daniel Del Paggio, Joe Veleno, Adam Marsh, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Matt Green. Moncton goals came from Zack MacEwen, Cameron Askew and Matthew Klebanskyj. Marc-Antoine Turcotte and Alex Bishop made 35 saves in the win while Sebastien Dupre and Zachary Fortin made 27 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Wildcats: None

Random stat: Saint John is tied for the league lead in pre-season scoring with 21 goals in four games. The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and Sherbrooke Phoenix have also scored 21 goals.

MON notes: Kelly Klima and Brendan Bornstein are tied for the Wildcats’ team lead in scoring with three goals and two assists… Kevin Klima and Liam Murphy are tied for the team lead in assists with three… via the Wildcats website, here is who is left at Moncton camp:

Goaltenders: Sébastien Dupré, Zachary Fortin 
Forwards: Zack MacEwen, Cameron Askew, Conor Garland, Manuel Wiederer, Kelly Klima, Kevin Klima, Lane Cormier, Liam Murpy, William Bower, Kyle Tibbo, Noah Corson, Éric Léger, Stephen Johnson, Will Smith, Ethan Crossman, Bronson Beaton
Defense: Jacob Sweeney, Maximillan Glassl, Adam Holwell, Zachary Malatesta, Garrett Johnston, Matthew Klebanskyj, Sacha Guay, Marcus Tesink, Brendan Bornstein

SJ notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in pre-season scoring with three goals and two assists… Highmore and Adam Marsh lead the Dogs in goal scoring with three… Nathan Noel has a team high four assists… Bailey Webster is a league best +8… this is the second of three straight games for the Sea Dogs against the Wildcats.

Out of town:
DRU vs CHI – 8 p.m.
BLB vs SHA – 8 p.m.

Next game: The Sea Dogs and Wildcats meet again tomorrow night in Bouctouche at 7 p.m.

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