Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sea Dogs Need More Home Cooking

As frustratingly inconsistent as the Sea Dogs have been overall this season, they also haven’t been too hot at home.

Heading into tomorrow’s 7 p.m. tilt against the Quebec Remparts, the Sea Dogs are just 6-5-0-0 on Harbour Station ice this season. While it's still early and the Dogs have played four more games on the road than at home, their .633 road winning percentage is quite higher than their home rate of .545.

Only eight teams in the league have six or fewer wins at home this season.

Typically, good teams can get away with being average on the road but strong at home. The fact that Saint John sits sixth overall in the QMJHL standings while being just one game over the .500 mark at home is, in a way, impressive.

The Dogs still have plenty of time to turn things around at home this season, and could turn things around quite quickly with four of their next five games being played at Harbour Station. While Saint John is sporting a respectable 15-10-1-0 record for a .596 winning percentage, that pace will be hard to maintain if the team can’t improve their home ice performance.

Some other news and notes…
  • Along with hosting the Remparts tomorrow night, the Sea Dogs will take on the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Station.
  • Tomorrow night is Bingo Night in support of The Empty Stocking Fund. Fans are asked to make a donation to the fund in exchange for a bingo card. The recommended minimum donation is $2.
  • Friday’s game will feature the first ever Star Wars Night at a Sea Dogs game. Space legend Darth Vader will perform the ceremonial puck drop.
  • Three Sea Dogs made NHL Central Scouting’s list of players to watch for the 2016 NHL Draft. Luke Green was given a “B” rating, indicating a second- or third-round pick. Oliver Felixson and Nathan Noel were given “C” ratings, indicating fifth- or sixth-round picks.
  • Last Friday’s Sea Dogs-Drakkar game – which rattled us all - featured only 24 total minutes in penalties, which has to be some kind of historic low for a Sea Dogs-Drakkar game.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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