Monday, March 28, 2016

Nathan Noel On A Roll

After having his 20-game point streak come to an end on Feb. 17, Nathan Noel went cold.

Between Feb. 19 and March 19 (the final day of the regular season), Noel recorded just two goals and two assists over the 13-game span. He had recorded 35 points during his point streak.

But after two playoff games, Noel has seemingly found his scoring touch again. In Saint John’s opening post-season wins over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan this past weekend, the 18-year-old forward registered five assists, which leads the QMJHL.

Although he has limited QMJHL post-season experience, Noel has proven to be a playoff performer. In Saint John’s five-game series against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar last year, the St. John’s native recorded five goals and two assists, giving him a total of 12 points in seven career playoff games.

20-year-old Sam Povorozniouk, who led the Sea Dogs in goals during the regular season with 39, has also gotten off to a strong start this post-season. His four goals place him in a tie him for the league lead. Povorozniouk had just one career CHL playoff goal prior to this season.

In other news…
  • The Sea Dogs and Titan play game three of their best-of-seven series tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the KC Irving Regional Centre.
  • After a rough end to the regular season, Marc-Antoine Turcotte has allowed just three goals on 53 shots against in the first two games of this series.
  • The Arizona Coyotes have called up former Sea Dogs captain Alex Grant. The 27-year-old defenseman has 11 goals and 40 points in 66 games with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons this season.
  • In case you missed the whole Damien-Cox-gets-a-Sea-Dogs-jersey thing:
If only Georgie had been around during the infamous Hoobadoo incident of 2011.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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