Saturday, October 10, 2015

GAME DAY 10: vs Armada

A preview of tonight’s game between the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and Saint John Sea Dogs…

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

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

Records: The Armada are fifth in the West Division and 12th overall in the QMJHL with a record of 4-3-2-0 for 10 points. The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes Division and eighth overall with a 6-3-0-0 record for 12 points.

Last games: The Armada are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss in Halifax on Thursday night. Philippe Sanche had two goals for Blainville-Boisbriand while Brendan Hamelin and Guillaume Bergeron-Charron added singles. Samuel Montembeault made 24 saves in the loss. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-1 win in Charlottetown last night. Mathieu Joseph, Spencer Smallman and Adam Marsh all scored for Saint John while Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 28 saves in the win.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 1-1-0-0 against the Armada last season while Blainville-Boisbriand went 1-0-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Jan. 31 in Boisbriand where the Armada shutout the Sea Dogs 4-0. Philippe Sanche scored twice while singles came from Yvan Mongo and Danick Martel. Samuel Montembeault stopped all 21 shots he faced while Alex Bishop made 29 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Armada: None

Random stat/fact: Sea Dogs goaltender Marc-Antoine Turcotte recorded eight wins in 18 games played with the Armada last season. He has six victories in nine games with Saint John already this year.

BLB notes: Kristian Pospisil leads the Armada in scoring with four goals and five assists for nine points in nine games… Alexandre Delisle-Houde leads the team in goals with five… Pospisil has a team high five assists… 1-3-1-0 on the road this season… 2-0-1-0 in their past three games… Nathanael Halbert leads all QMJHL defensemen in shots on goal with 10. He has yet to score… 2-0-1-0 against Maritimes Division teams… the Armada have the league’s fifth best power play with a rating of 20.8%... their 73.8% penalty kill rating is the second worst in the Q… averaging 25.19 shots against per game, the second fewest in the league.

SJ notes: Daniel Del Paggio and Sam Povorozniouk are tied for the team lead in scoring with four goals and five assists for nine points each… Del Paggio and Povorozniouk lead the team in goals as well… Del Paggio, Povorozniouk, Matthew Highmore and Joe Veleno are all tied for the team lead in assists with five apiece… Veleno is expected to return today after missing last night’s game due to a one-game suspension… 3-1-0-0 at Harbour Station this season… winners of three straight… Marc-Antoine Turcotte’s 2.30 GAA is second best in the league while his .935 SV% is the best. He also now leads the league in minutes played… 5-1-0-0 when scoring first… 1-0-0-0 against West Division teams… Saint John’s 12.5% power play rating is the worst in the league… their 86% penalty kill rating is fourth best in the Q… averaging 2.53 goals against per game – the second fewest in the league – while giving up the third most shots against per game.

Out of town:
Cape Breton at Baie-Comeau - 4:00 PM EDT
Moncton at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EDT
Val-d'Or at Shawinigan - 4:00 PM EDT
Victoriaville at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM ADT
Rouyn-Noranda at Drummondville - 7:00 PM EDT
Rimouski at Gatineau - 7:00 PM EDT

Next game: The Sea Dogs begin a three-in-three Quebec road trip on Friday in Victoriaville.

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