Tuesday, March 1, 2016

GAME DAY 59: vs Titan

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan (24-28-3-3, 54 points, 5th Maritimes, 14th QMJHL) are in town tonight to take on the Saint John Sea Dogs (38-16-4-0, 80 points, 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

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

Last games: The Titan are coming off a 1-0 loss in Quebec City on Saturday. Reilly Pickard made 38 saves in the loss. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-1 win in Halifax on Saturday. Matthew Highmore, Sam Povorozniouk, Mathieu Joseph, Jakub Zboril and Joe Veleno scored while Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 28 saves in the victory.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 4-1-1-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 2-3-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Jan. 30 in Bathurst where the Sea Dogs defeated the Titan 5-3. Matthew Highmore, Sam Povorozniouk, Joe Veleno, Mathieu Jospeh and Matt Green scored for Saint John. Jason Bell, Jordan Maher and Daniil Miromanov scored for Bathurst. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 29 saves in the victory while Reilly Pickard made 26 in the loss.

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

Player to watch: Joe Veleno has goals in back-to-back games. The rookie forward also has three goals and two assists in six games against the Titan this season.

Three Things to Know
1. The Titan haven’t clinched a playoff spot but they are very close to doing so. The club currently sits 14th overall with 54 points – and if the playoffs started today they would play Saint John in the first round.

2. The Titan missed the playoffs last season and have not won a playoff series since 2008 – where they were eliminated by the Sea Dogs in the second round.

3. The future appears bright for Bathurst with Vladimir Kuznetsov, Daniil Miromanov and Antoine Morand all in the top eight of rookie scoring.

Notes: This is the make-up date for the game postponed on Feb. 5. All tickets for Feb. 5 will be honoured… the Sea Dogs are 19-8-2-0 at home… the Titan are 10-15-2-2 on the road… Mathieu Joseph has goals in seven straight home games… the Sea Dogs have won four straight at home.

Out of town:
Qu├ębec at Chicoutimi - 7:00 PM EST
Rouyn-Noranda at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST

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

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