Saturday, December 5, 2015

GAME DAY 30: vs Islanders

A preview of tonight’s game between the Charlottetown Islanders and Saint John Sea Dogs…

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

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Islanders are fourth in the Maritimes Division and 14th overall in the QMJHL standings with a 12-15-2-1 record for 27 points. The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes and eighth overall with record of 16-11-2-0 for 34 points.

Last games: The Islanders are coming off a 3-1 loss in Moncton on Wednesday night. Bradley Kennedy scored Charlottetown’s lone goal while Mason McDonald made 36 saves in the loss. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-3 loss to the Moncton Wildcats on home ice last night, a loss that saw them give up three unanswered power play goals in the third period. Nathan Noel, Adam Marsh and Mathieu Joseph all scored for Saint John while Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 24 saves in the loss.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 2-0-0-0 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 0-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 9 at Eastlink Centre where the Sea Dogs defeated the Islanders 3-1. Mathieu Joseph, Spencer Smallman and Adam Marsh all scored for Saint John while Filip Chlapik scored Charlottetown’s lone marker. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 28 saves in the victory. Mason McDonald made 31 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Islanders: Oliver Cooper, Will Thompson and Alexander McQuaid.

Random stat/fact: Defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, the younger brother of Mathieu Joseph, has one assist in 12 games with the Islanders this season.

CHA notes: Bradley Kennedy leads the Islanders in scoring with 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points in 27 games… Kennedy’s 13 goals are a team high… defenseman Luc Deschenes leads the team in assists with 18… Deschenes is 13th in defensemen scoring with 20 points… David Henley is third in penalty minutes taken by defensemen… the Islanders are averaging 16.13 penalty minutes per game, the fourth most in the league… 7-7-1-1 on the road this season… 7-4-1-0 when scoring first… 7-9-0-0 against Maritimes Division teams… averaging 2.80 goals per game, the third fewest in the QMJHL… the Isles have lost three straight road games.

SJ notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points in 29 games… Sam Povorozniouk leads the team in goals with 13. Mathieu Joseph and Adam Marsh each have 12… Highmore has a team high 17 assists… Marc-Antoine Turcotte’s GAA fell to sixth in the league (2.83) and his SV% fell to third (.912)… Joe Veleno is 11th in rookie scoring with four goals and 18 points… averaging 16.55 penalty minutes per game, the third most in the league… 7-6-1-0 at home… 7-6-1-0 against Maritimes Division teams… their 13.6% power play rating remains the worst in the league… despite giving up four power play goals last night, Saint John’s penalty kill rating slipped only to 83.2% and remains second best in the QMJHL… Joseph has goals in four straight home games… 5-4-1-0 in their last 10 games.

Out of town:
Rouyn-Noranda at Moncton - 4:00 PM AST
Victoriaville at Baie-Comeau - 4:00 PM EST
Cape Breton at Shawinigan - 4:00 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Halifax - 7:00 PM AST
Sherbrooke at Gatineau - 7:00 PM EST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Québec - 7:00 PM EST


Next game: The Sea Dogs are in Moncton on Wednesday to try and finally get a win against the Wildcats this season.

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