Friday, January 15, 2016

GAME DAY 42: vs Islanders

The Saint John Sea Dogs (25-13-3-0, 2nd Maritimes, 6th QMJHL) host the Charlottetown Islanders (16-21-3-2, 5th Maritimes, 14th QMJHL) tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Harbour Station.

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

Last games: The Islanders are coming off a 3-1 home win over the Rimouski Oceanic on Saturday. Jake Coughler, Bradley Kennedy and Mitchell Balmas scored for Charlottetown while Matthew Welsh made 26 saves in the victory. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-4 victory over Rimouski at Harbour Station on Sunday. Matthew Highmore had a hat trick while singles came from Nathan Noel and Sam Povorozniouk. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 33 stops in the win.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 4-0-0-0 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 0-4-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: New Year’s Eve at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Islanders 3-2. Mathieu Joseph, Spencer Smallman and Matt Murphy all scored for Saint John while Charlottetown goals came from Daniel Sprong and Mitchell Balmas. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 36 saves in the win while Guillaume Briand-Briere made 26 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Islanders: Forward Oliver Cooper and defenseman Will Thompson.

Player to watch: Mathieu Joseph has points in 10 straight home games. He’s accumulated 18 points during that stretch.

Three Things to Know
1. While the Sea Dogs have a perfect 4-0 record against the Islanders this season, each game has been close. Three of the four meetings have been decided by a goal.
Charlottetown 2 @ Saint John 3 (Dec 31 2015)
Charlottetown 3 @ Saint John 4 (Dec 5 2015)
Saint John 3 @ Charlottetown 1 (Oct 9 2015)
Saint John 3 @ Charlottetown 2 (Sep 25 2015)

2. There will be a couple of world junior teammates facing off tonight. Canada’s Mason McDonald will take on Thomas Chabot while the Czech Republic’s Filip Chlapik will face Jakub Zboril.

3. The Sea Dogs and Islanders meet again on Thursday in Charlottetown.

Notes: Nicolas Leblond is second in the league in penalty minutes… Mathieu Joseph is tied for the league lead in shorthanded points with seven… Marc-Antoine Turcotte’s .911 SV% is second best in the QMJHL… the Sea Dogs are 11-7-2-0 on home ice… the Islanders are 8-10-2-1 on the road… Charlottetown is 9-14-1-1 against Maritimes Division teams… the Isles have lost two straight road games.

Out of town:
Qu├ębec at Moncton - 7:00 PM AST
Shawinigan at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:00 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EST
Rouyn-Noranda at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Halifax Mooseheads tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

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