Saturday, December 12, 2015

GAME DAY 33: at Cape Breton

A preview of tonight’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles…

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

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are third in the Maritimes Division and ninth overall in the QMJHL standings with an 18-12-2-0 record for 38 points. The Screaming Eagles are second in the Maritimes and eighth overall with a record of 18-13-3-0 for 39 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off an 8-5 loss in Halifax last night. Luke Green had a hat trick while singles came from Matt Murphy and Daniel Del Paggio. Alex Bishop made 22 saves while Marc-Antoine Turcotte made five. The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 3-2 shootout win over the Rimouski Oceanic last night at Centre 200. Michael Joly scored both Cape Breton goals while Alexandre Belanger made 25 saves in the win.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 2-0-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 0-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Nov. 13 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Screaming Eagles 5-1. Joe Veleno, Thomas Chabot, Daniel Del Paggio, Sam Povorozniouk and Mathieu Joseph all scored for Saint John while Maxim Lazarev replied for Halifax. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 29 saves in the win. Alexandre Belanger made 16 saves and Kyle Jessiman made four in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Screaming Eagles: Olivier LeBlanc

Random stat/fact: 55 of Cape Breton’s 127 goals scored this season have been netted by players currently away at world junior camps.

SJ notes: Mathieu Joseph leads Saint John in scoring with 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points in 28 games… Joseph and Sam Povorozniouk are tied for the team lead in goals with 14… Matt Murphy leads the team in assists with 21… Marc-Antoine Turcotte has the sixth best GAA (2.80) and second best SV% (.913)… Joe Veleno is 12th in rookie scoring with 19 points… Murphy is 8th in defensemen scoring with 25 points… Saint John is averaging 17.25 penalty minutes per game, the second most in the league… 10-6-1-0 on the road this season… 9-7-1-0 against Maritimes Division teams… their 16.9% power play rating is second worst in the league… their 83% penalty kill is second best in the league... Jason Bell and Oliver Felixson both missed last night’s third period… Thomas Chabot and Jakub Zboril are both away at world junior camps.

CB notes: The Screaming Eagles will be without Pierre-Luc Dubois, Maxim Lazarev and Evgeny Svechnikov due to world junior camps… Dubois leads the Eagles in scoring with 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 points in 33 games… Dubois has scored a team high 20 goals… Dubois’s 27 assists are also a team high… Alexandre Belanger is fifth in the league in wins with 15. He also leads the league in minutes played… the Screaming Eagles are averaging 17.03 penalty minutes per game, the third most in the league… 11-3-3-0 when scoring first… 10-8-1-0 against Maritimes Division teams… their 74.7% penalty kill is the third worst in the league… Michael Joly has goals in four straight games… winners of four straight… 8-2 in their 10 games.

Out of town:
Blainville-Boisbriand at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EST
Drummondville at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM AST
Gatineau at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:00 PM EST
Shawinigan at Val-d'Or - 7:00 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Screaming Eagles on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

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