Saturday, October 1, 2016

Game Day 4 - vs Wildcats

The Saint John Sea Dogs (1-2-0-0) are back in action tonight at Harbour Station as they host the Moncton Wildcats (1-1-0-0). Game time is 7 p.m.

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

Last games: the Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles last night at Harbour Station. Mathieu Joseph scored twice and Spencer Smallman added a solo marker. Alex Bishop made 15 saves in the win. The Wildcats are coming off a 6-2 loss to the Charlottetown Islanders on Sunday. Simon Le Coultre and Derek Dicaire scored for Moncton. Matthew Waite made nine saves and Julian Galloway 14 in the loss.

2015-16 head-to-head: the Sea Dogs were 3-5-1-0 against the Wildcats last season while Moncton went 6-3-0-0 against Saint John.

2016 pre-season head-to-head: the Sea Dogs were 0-1-0-0 against the Wildcats during the pre-season while Moncton went 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Aug. 20 in Moncton where the Wildcats defeated the Sea Dogs 7-3 in a rookie pre-season game. Christophe Bohemier had a hat trick for Moncton while singles came from Casey Fox, Jacob Hudson, Derek Dicaire and Samuel Meisenheimer. Saint John goals came from Nick Fewer, Olivier Mathieu and Alexander Vdovenko. Dominik Tmej made 30 saves in the win. Matthew Williams made 33 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Wildcats: None

Random stat: Matthew Highmore had three goals and five assists in nine games against Moncton last season.

Three Things to Know
1. The Sea Dogs are still without three defencemen – Luke Green, Thomas Chabot and Jakub Zboril – due to NHL camps. They will also likely be without Chase Stewart, who will presumably receive an automatic one-game suspension.

2. This will be Moncton’s first road game of the year after starting the season with back-to-back home games.

3. There are a lot of new faces in the Wildcats lineup this season. They are projected to finish in the middle to bottom range of the Maritimes Division standings.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with two goals and two assists for four points… Mathieu Joseph has two goals… Joe Veleno and Daniel Del Paggio each have three assists… Del Paggio was a healthy scratch last night due to the Sea Dogs having four 20-year-old players… Liam Murphy leads the Wildcats in scoring with two goals and an assist for three points… Kevin Klima has three assists.

Out of town:
Rouyn-Noranda at Gatineau - 4:00 PM EDT
Cape Breton at Halifax - 7:00 PM ADT
Val-d'Or at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EDT

Next game: the Sea Dogs host the Gatineau Olympiques on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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