Friday, October 28, 2016

Game Day 15: vs Wildcats

The Saint John Sea Dogs (9-4-1-0, 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) host the Moncton Wildcats (4-9-0-0, 6th Maritimes, 17th overall) tonight at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-2 win over the Charlottetown Islanders at home on Wednesday. Spencer Smallman had a hat trick while singles came from Bokondji Imama and Nathan Noel. Alex Bishop made 15 saves in the win. The Wildcats are coming off a 5-2 loss in Cape Breton on Wednesday. Manuel Wiederer and Alex Lavoie both scored for Moncton. Matthew Waite made 24 saves in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 0-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 1 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Wildcats 5-0. Nathan Noel scored twice while singles came courtesy of Matthew Highmore, Spencer Smallman and Cedric Pare. Alex Bishop made 26 saves in the shutout victory. Keven Bouchard made 26 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Wildcats: None

Random stat: The Wildcats have lost seven straight games and are 3-7 in their last 10. During their losing skid, Moncton has allowed 10 goals against on two different occasions.

Three Things to Know
1. Tonight is Halloween Night at Harbour Station. Fans who are best dressed will win prizes.

2. This is the final game of a five-game homestand for Saint John. They are 2-2 so far. Saint John will play their next three games on the road.

3. The Sea Dogs lead the league in shorthanded goals with five. Mathieu Joseph has two shorthanded goals while Matthew Highmore is tied for the league lead in shorthanded points with three.

Notes: Mathew Highmore leads the Sea Dogs in points with six goals and 21 points in 14 games. He is third in the league in scoring... Highmore's 15 assists are a team high... Mathieu Joseph's 12 goals are a team high and good for second in the league... the Wildcats are led by Cameron Askew who has 10 goals and 15 points this season... Askew's 10 goals are a team high... Kevin Klima leads the team in assists with seven... Moncton has allowed 61 goals against - the most in the league... the Sea Dogs are 5-2-0-0 at home... the 'Cats are 1-6-0-0 on the road... Moncton has the league's second worst power play with a rating of 12.9%... Saint John continues to lead the league in shots per game (36.41) and are averaging the fewest shots against per game (22.43)... Moncton has lost five straight road games.

Out of town:
Charlottetown at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:00 PM ADT
Halifax at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM ADT
Rimouski at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EDT
Chicoutimi at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EDT
Gatineau at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EDT
Sherbrooke at Drummondville - 7:30 PM EDT
Rouyn-Noranda at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EDT

Next game: These two meet again on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Moncton Coliseum.

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