Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Game Day 8: at Blainville-Boisbriand

The Saint John Sea Dogs (5-2-0-0) look to extend their winning streak to six games tonight when they take on the St. John’s Fog Devils/Montreal Junior/Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (4-3-0-1) in Quebec. Game time is 8 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-3 win in Sherbrooke on Sunday. Matthew Highmore scored twice while singles came from Mathieu Joseph, Joe Veleno and Alexandre Bernier. Alex D’Orio made 21 stops in the victory. The Armada are coming off a 2-1 win in Victoriaville on Monday. Alexandre Alain and Yvan Mongo scored for the Armada while Samuel Montembeault made 24 saves in the win.

2016-17 head-to-head: This is the first meeting of the season between the two.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 1-1-0-0 against the Armada last season while Blainville-Boisbriand went 1-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 17, 2015 in Boisbriand where the Sea Dogs defeated the Armada 5-3. Sam Povorozniouk scored twice for Saint John while singles came from Mathieu Joseph, Adam Marsh and Spencer Smallman. Philippe Sanche scored twice for the Armada and TJ Melanccon added a solo marker. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 21 saves in the win. Samuel Montembeault and Mark Grametbauer combined to allow four goals on 19 shots.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Armada: None

Random stat: According to the league website, the Sea Dogs are 2-5-1-0 against the Armada over the past five seasons. They are 1-2-1-0 in Boisbriand.

Three Things to Know
1. This is the third game of a five-game road trip for Saint John. They are 2-0 so far, defeating Quebec and Sherbrooke.

2. The Sea Dogs have won five straight games while the Armada have won four. Someone’s streak is ending tonight.

3. Don’t forget: these two teams are expansion cousins, entering the league together in 2005. Things have gone a bit smoother for Saint John.

Notes: The Sea Dogs are 2-2-0-0 on the road this season… the Armada are 2-0-0-1 at home… Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with six goals and 14 points in seven games… Highmore and Mathieu Joseph each have a team high six goals… Connor Bramwell, Alexandre Alain and TJ Melancon each have five points… Bramwell and Yvan Mongo lead the team in goals with three… Axel Simic leads the team in assists with four… Saint John’s power play is second best in the league with an average of 36.4%... the Dogs are averaging a league high 39.40 shots per game and a league low 21.19 shots against per game… Highmore has recorded a point in every game this season.

Out of town:
Halifax at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:00 PM ADT
Québec at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EDT

Next game: The Sea Dogs take on the Huskies in Rouyn-Noranda on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

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