Saturday, March 19, 2016

GAME DAY 68: at Cape Breton

The final day of the 2015-16 regular season has arrived and the Saint John Sea Dogs (42-19-6-0, 90 points, 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) are in Sydney to take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (37-24-5-1, 80 points, 3rd Maritimes, 7th QMJHL) toady at 4 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs and Screaming Eagles met last night at Centre 200 where the home side picked up a 6-2 victory. Pierre-Luc Dubois, Alexandre Gosselin and Michael Joly all scored two goals each. Sam Povorozniouk and Jordan King scored for Saint John. Alexandre Belanger made 20 saves in the win. Marc-Antoine Turcotte allowed four goals on 37 shots through two periods. Alex Bishop allowed two goals on 19 shots in the third.

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

Last meeting: Last night. See above for details.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Screaming Eagles: Defenseman Olivier LeBlanc

Player to watch: Entering last night’s game, Pierre-Luc Dubois had only recorded a pedestrian two goal and three points in six games against Saint John this season. He made up for that last night, scoring twice and adding two assists. More intriguingly, Dubois only needs one more point to join Conor Garland and Francis Perron in the 100-point club.

The league has suspended Dubiois until further notice, presumably for his hit on Luke Green last night.
Three Things to Know
1. While the Sea Dogs are locked into third-place, this game does have meaning for the Screaming Eagles. If Cape Breton wins and Moncton loses, the Eagles would finish second in the Maritimes Division and sixth overall.

2. Sam Povorozniouk is one goal shy of the 40 mark. The 20-year-old forward has scored in eight of his past 10 games.

3. Both Luke Green and Thomas Chabot were hurt in last night’s loss, which could leave Saint John short on the backend today.

Notes: The Sea Dogs have lost two straight and are 5-3-2-0 in their last 10 games. They have really missed Matthew Highmore, Mathieu Joseph and Adam Marsh up front… Cape Breton has been one of the hottest teams in the league of late, winning six straight and eight of their past 10… the Dogs are 19-10-4-0 on the road… the Eagles are 22-7-4-0 at home… Michael Joly has goals in six straight games.

Out of town:
Halifax at Charlottetown - 4:00 PM ADT
Val-d'Or at Drummondville - 3:00 PM EDT
Acadie-Bathurst at Moncton - 4:00 PM ADT
Chicoutimi at Baie-Comeau - 4:00 PM EDT
Rouyn-Noranda at Gatineau - 4:00 PM EDT
Rimouski at Qu├ębec - 4:00 PM EDT
Blainville-Boisbriand at Shawinigan - 4:00 PM EDT
Victoriaville at Sherbrooke - 4:00 PM EDT

Next game: The Sea Dogs play their first game of the playoffs against a to-be-determined opponent on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

1 comment:

  1. After looking at the video of Dubois pushing Luke Green headfirst into the boards, it no wonder he's been suspended. Saint John is going to be hurting going into the first round, hopefully Chabot's sitting out the 3rd period last night was just to help him recover for the playoffs.