Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Game Day 17: at Cape Breton

The Saint John Sea Dogs (10-5-1-0, 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) are in Sydney tonight to face the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (8-8-0-0, 3rd Maritimes, 10th QMJHL). Game time is 7 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Wildcats in Moncton on Sunday. Nathan Noel and Spencer Smallman scored Saint John's goals while Alex Bishop made 15 saves in the loss. The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 5-1 win in Halifax on Saturday. Peyton Hoyt, Jordan Ty Fournier, Olivier LeBlanc, Giovanni Fiore and Massimo Carozza scored for the Screaming Eagles while Kyle Jessiman made 25 stops in the win.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 0-1-0-0.

Last meeting: Sept. 30 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs edged the Screaming Eagles 3-2. Mathieu Joseph scored twice for Saint John and Spencer Smallman added a solo marker. Olivier LeBlanc and Olivier Bourret scored for Cape Breton. Alex Bishop made 15 saves in the win. Kevin Mandolese made 41 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Screaming Eagles: Olivier LeBlanc

Random stat: Pierre-Luc Dubois is off to a bit of a slow start since returning from the Columbus Blue Jackets, posting just one goal and three assists in seven games. He'll heat up soon enough.

Three Things to Know
1. Matthew Highmore enters play today second in the league in scoring with eight goals and 24 points in 16 games. Rimouski's Tyler Boland has 25 points.

2. Nathan Noel has scored in four straight games. The stretch comes after Noel didn't score in eight straight.

3. Former Sea Dog Olivier LeBlanc is eighth in QMJHL defencemen scoring with four goals and 13 points in 14 games.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with eight goals and 24 points in 16 games... Mathieu Joseph leads the team in goals with 12 in 14 matches... Highmore leads the team in assists with 16... Jordan Ty Fournier and Olivier LeBlanc each have 13 points to lead the Eagles... Fournier's seven goals are a team high... LeBlanc and Vasily Glotov each have nine assists - a team high... the Sea Dogs are 4-3-1-0 on the road... the Screaming Eagles are 4-3-0-0 at home... Highmore is third in the league in shots... the Eagles are 6-0-0-0 when scoring first... Saint John's power play rating of 30.4% is third best in the league... Cape Breton's power play of 15.2% is third worst in the league... Cape Breton's penalty kill is fourth best (83.6%) while Saint John's is fifth (83.5%)... the Sea Dogs lead the league in shorthanded goals with five... Saint John is averaging the most shots per game (36.85) and fewest shots against (22.50)... Spencer Smallman and Massimo Carozza each have goals in three straight games.

Out of town:
Drummondville at Rouyn-Noranda - 7 p.m. EDT

Next game: The Sea Dogs are in Bathurst to face the Titan on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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