Monday, November 28, 2016

Another big road trip has come

The Saint John Sea Dogs are set to begin their second big Quebec road trip of the season on Tuesday.

Tomorrow night's game in Rimouski will be the first of four straight in the province of Quebec. The Sea Dogs will then travel to Shawinigan on Thursday, Drummondville on Friday and Gatineau on Sunday.

The Sea Dogs have not played Rimouski, Shawinigan or Drummondville yet this season. They have played Gatineau previously - at Harbour Station - where the Sea Dogs defeated the Olympiques 5-4 in overtime on Oct. 5.

Saint John has performed fairly well on the road this season, posting a record of 7-4-1-1. In Quebec the Dogs have performed extremely well, registering a 4-0-1-0 record.

All Saint John's previous road wins in Quebec came on one road trip. The team defeated Quebec, Sherbrooke, Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d'Or during the trek while falling to Blainville-Boisbriand in overtime. It was, without question, one of the best road trips in team history and the Sea Dogs will look to replicate that success this week.

This week's road trip won't be easy, even with Rimouski (13th), Drummondville (14th) and Gatineau (16th) all sitting in the lower half of the standings. The biggest game on this trip will be in Shawinigan, of course. While the history between the two franchises always creates some hype for head-to-head meetings, the fact that the two are tied for second overall in the league standings with 35 points makes for an even more intriguing match.

Following this road trip, Saint John will play five straight games at home. The team goes to Quebec just one more time this season - Feb 17-19 - when they visit Victoriaville, Chicoutimi and Baie-Comeau.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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