Saturday, January 30, 2016

GAME DAY 48: at Bathurst

Having picked up points in 13 straight games, the Saint John Sea Dogs (30-13-4-0, 64 points, 2nd Maritimes, 6th QMJHL) are in Bathurst tonight to battle the Titan (19-24-3-2, 43 points, 5th Maritimes, 15th QMJHL) at 7 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-3 win in Rimouski last night. Spencer Smallman scored twice while singles came from Daniel Del Paggio, Matt Murphy and Mathieu Joseph. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 20 saves in the victory. The Titan are coming off a 4-1 home win over the Halifax Mooseheads last night. Keegan Gauthier, Jordan Maher, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Mark Simpson all scored for Bathurst while Reilly Pickard made 30 saves in the win.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 3-1-1-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 2-2-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Jan. 9 in Bathurst where the Sea Dogs defeated the Titan 5-2. Adam Marsh, Sam Povorozniouk, Daniel Del Paggio, Matthew Highmore and Nathan Noel all scored for Saint John. Bathurst goals came from Jeffrey Truchon-Viel. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 23 saves in the victory. Marc Audet allowed three goals on 18 shots in the loss while Reilly Pickard allowed two goals on 17 shots.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: Defenseman Jason Bell and forward Dawson Theede.

Player to watch: Sea Dogs forward Bokondji Imama’s 15-game suspension came to an end last night, making him eligible to play in tonight’s contest. The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect has not played since Dec. 11.

Three Things to Know
1. According to the QMJHL’s weekly “Inside the Numbers,” last night’s Sea Dogs victory gave head coach Danny Flynn 249 career wins. If the Dogs win tonight, Flynn would become 22nd coach in QMJHL history to reach the 250 mark.

2. Nathan Noel extended his point streak to 13 games last night. The centre has collected 22 points during the streak. Also, Mathieu Joseph has goals in three straight games and Matthew Highmore has assists in six straight.

3. The Sea Dogs now have 15 road wins on the season, tying them for fourth most in the QMJHL.

Notes: Christophe Boivin leads the Titan in scoring with 25 goals and 52 points in 43 games this year… Mathieu Joseph and Matthew Highmore each have 51 points this season, which lead the Sea Dogs… Joseph and Sam Povorozniouk each have 24 goals to lead Saint John… Vladimir Kuznetsov is fourth in rookie scoring with 20 goals and 46 points… Matt Murphy is fifth in defensemen scoring with seven goals and 37 points… the Titan are 11-10-1-1 at home… Mark Simpson has points in 10 straight games.

Out of town:
Blainville-Boisbriand at Drummondville - 3:00 PM EST
Halifax at Moncton - 4:00 PM AST
Gatineau at Sherbrooke - 4:00 PM EST
Cape Breton at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM AST
Baie-Comeau at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:00 PM EST
Qu├ębec at Victoriaville - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs travel to Moncton on Wednesday for a huge 7 p.m. game against the Wildcats.

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