Tuesday, March 15, 2016

GAME DAY 66: at Bathurst

The Saint John Sea Dogs (42-18-5-0, 89 points, 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) can take over second place in the QMJHL standings with a win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (25-34-3-3, 56 points, 5th Maritimes, 16th QMJHL) tonight. Game time is 7 p.m. at the KC Irving Regional Centre.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-1 home win over the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday night at Harbour Station. Bokondji Imama, Sam Povorozniouk, Thomas Chabot and Nathan Noel all scored for Saint John. Alex Bishop made 29 saves in the win. The Titan are coming off a 4-1 home loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Saturday. Nicolas Blanchard scored Bathurst’s only goal while Reilly Pickard made 40 saves in the loss.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 6-1-1-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 2-5-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: March 5 in Saint John where the Sea Dogs defeated the Titan 7-4. Bokondji Imama, Spencer Smallman, Joe Veleno, Daniel Del Paggio, Sam Povorozniouk, Mathieu Joseph and Samuel Dove-McFalls all scored for the Dogs. Emanuel Aucoin scored twice for the Titan while singles came from Christophe Boivin and Guillaume Brisebois. Marc-Antoine Turcotte allowed four goals on 15 shots before getting pulled. Alex Bishop made 14 saves in relief. Reilly Pickard allowed four goals on 20 shots before he got pulled as well. Alex Kelly made 13 saves in relief.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: Forward Dawson Theede and defenseman Jason Bell.

Player to watch: With three goals and 11 assists over his past eight games, Matthew Highmore has taken over the Sea Dogs’ team scoring lead with 75 points.

Three Things to Know
1. Mathieu Joseph, who has been sitting out recently due to a shoulder injury, has an impressive seven goals and seven assists in eight games against the Titan this season.

2. A win tonight would allow the Sea Dogs to leapfrog the Shawinigan Cataractes and move into second place in the overall QMJHL standings.

3. Overage forward Sam Povorozniouk is very close to the 40-goal mark. He enters the final week of the regular season with 38 on the year. Only Danick Gauthier, Mike Hoffman, Jonathan Huberdeau and Scott Howes have reached the 40-goal mark as Sea Dogs.
Notes: The Sea Dogs are 19-9-3-0 on the road… the Titan are 15-16-1-1 at home… Nicolas Dumulong sits second in the league in penalty minutes… Sam Povorozniouk’s 15 power play goals are the fifth most in the league… Vladimir Kuznetsov is fourth in rookie scoring with 23 goals and 54 points in 65 games… the Sea Dogs have the fifth best penalty kill in the league with a rating of 80.8%... Povorozniouk and Matthew Highmore each have points in eight straight games… the Titan have lost three straight.

Out of town:
No other games

Next game: The Sea Dogs travel to Sydney to play the first of back-to-back games against the Screaming Eagles on Friday at 7 p.m.

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