Friday, November 11, 2016

Game Day 20: at Charlottetown

The Saint John Sea Dogs (11-6-2-0, 2nd Maritimes, 5th QMJHL) take on the Islanders (12-7-1-0, 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) tonight in Charlottetown in a battle for top spot in the Maritimes Division.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders on Sunday at Harbour Station. Mathieu Joseph and Bokondji Imama both scored in the loss while Alex Bishop made 25 saves. The Isles are coming off a 5-3 victory over the Sherbrooke Phoenix last night on home ice. Matthew Grouchy, Will Thompson, Filip Chlapik, Chris Chaddock and Keith Getson scored for Charlottetown. Matthew Welsh made 28 saves in the win.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-1-1-0 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 2-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Last Sunday at Harbour Station where the Islanders defeated the Sea Dogs 3-2 in overtime. Filip Chlapik scored twice for Charlottetown while Cody Donaghey netted the overtime winner. Mathieu Joseph and Bokondji Imama scored for Saint John. Blade Mann-Dixon made 32 saves in the win. Alex Bishop made 25 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Islanders: Defenceman Will Thompson and goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon.

Random stat: Filip Chlapik is tied for the league lead in points (30) and goals (17).

Three Things to Know
1. This is the second game of a three-in-three for the Islanders. They hosted the Phoenix last night, Sea Dogs tonight and travel to Halifax tomorrow.

2. Mathieu Joseph sits third overall in league goal scoring with 15.

3. The Sea Dogs have been struggling to find consistency of late, going 5-4-1-0 in their last 10 games and have lost two straight.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with eight goals and 26 points in 19 games... Mathieu Joseph leads the team in goals with 15... Highmore has a team high 18 assists... Filip Chlapik leads the Islanders in points with 30 and goals with 17... Cody Donaghey has a team high 17 assists... Charlottetown leads the league in goals with 91... the Isles are 7-2-1-0 at home... the Sea Dogs are 5-4-1-0 on the road... Charlottetown has won two straight while Saint John has lost two straight... Donaghey is second in defencemen scoring with 23 points... Saint John's power play is ranked third in the league (30.2%) while Charlottetown's is fourth (27.6%)... Saint John's penalty kill is ranked third (83%) while Charlottetown's is 14th (75.3%)... the Sea Dogs have scored a league high six shorthanded goals... Charlottetown has yet to allow a shorthanded goal... Chlapik is on a 17-game point streak... Spencer Smallman has assists in four straight road games.

Out of town:
Sherbrooke at Halifax - 7:00 PM AST
Rouyn-Noranda at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EST
Acadie-Bathurst at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Cape Breton at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EST
Drummondville at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EST
Shawinigan at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Sherbrooke Phoenix tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

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