Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DOGS DAILY: Sprong Show Coming

The Daniel Sprong show will make its first Harbour Station appearance of the 2015-16 season tomorrow evening. The Sea Dogs host Sprong and the Charlottetown Islanders at 7 p.m. for a New Year’s Eve tilt.

Sprong was reassigned to the Islanders by the Pittsburgh Penguins a couple weeks ago. The 18-year-old made an immediate impact in his return to the QMJHL, scoring two goals in Charlottetown’s 4-1 win in Cape Breton on Monday.

Tomorrow night’s contest will be Sprong’s 19th career game against Saint John. Sprong is averaging over a point-per-game in his QMJHL career but is averaging slightly under that in his career against the Sea Dogs. 
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The Islanders, who sit 16th overall in the QMJHL standings with a 14-19-2-1 record entering their home game tonight against the Moncton Wildcats, appear as though they will be buying during the holiday trade period now that Sprong is back. So far they’ve acquired Samuel Blais and Guillaume Beaudry and dealt David Henley and Alexandre Goulet.

In other news…

  • Mathieu Joseph extended his point streak to 11 games with an assist in Saint John’s 6-5 shootout victory in Bathurst last night. He’s registered 10 goals and 10 assists during the streak, which began on Nov. 26. Joseph has also registered an impressive 59 shots during the streak for an average of 5.36 per game.
  • Chris DiDomenico and Team Canada will play in the Spengler Cup final tomorrow at 6:55 a.m. (game is on TSN) following a 6-5 comeback win over HC Davos in today’s semifinal. Canada was down 4-1 early in the second period and down 5-4 early in the third but came back to defeat an injury-riddled Davos squad. DiDomenico, playing on Canada’s top line with James Sheppard and Aaron Johnson, had a goal in 15:07 of ice time.
  • Jakub Zboril was held pointless with one shot on goal in the Czech Republic’s 5-3 victory over Belarus today at the world juniors. The Czechs play Finland tomorrow at noon.
  • Former Sea Dogs forward Juraj Siska had one shot in Slovakia’s 8-3 loss to Finland today. The Slovak’s will play Russia tomorrow.
  • Thomas Chabot and Team Canada take on Sweden to wrap up preliminary round play tomorrow at 2 p.m. Here’s Chabot being interviewed by TSN’s Mark Masters.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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