Friday, November 18, 2016

GAME DAY 22: at Bathurst

The Saint John Sea Dogs (13-6-2-0, 1st Maritimes, 2nd QMJHL) are on the road tonight in Bathurst to battle the Titan (9-10-1-1, 5th Maritimes, 14th QMJHL). Game time is 8 p.m. at the KC Irving Regional Centre.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 7-2 home win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Saturday. Bokondji Imama scored four goals while Mathieu Joseph had three in the win. Alex D'Orio made 24 saves. The Titan are coming off a 5-3 loss in Chicoutimi on Saturday. Vladimir Kuznetsov, Christophe Boivin and Antoine Morand scored for Bathurst. Simon Boudreault-Belzile made 30 saves in the loss.

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

Last meeting: Nov. 4 at the KC Irving Regional Centre where the Sea Dogs fell 6-5 to the Titan. Chase Stewart, Thomas Chabot, Matt Green, Bokondji Imama and Mathieu Joseph all scored for Saint John. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel had a natural hat trick for the Titan while Christophe Boivin, Dawson Theede and Luc Deschenes added solo markers. Reilly Pickard made 32 saves in the win. Alex Bishop made 23 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: Forward Dawson Theede.

Random stat: Bathurst is the only team Saint John has lost twice to in regulation time this season.

Three Things to Know
1. Mathieu Joseph enters play tonight with a league leading 19 goals in 19 games. He is also fourth overall in points with 31.

2. The Titan are only 6-5-1-0 when scoring first this season, which is one of the worst winning percentages in the league (.542). Only Moncton (.400) has been worse.

3. The Sea Dogs are 6-5-1-0 against Maritimes Division opponents this season. By contrast, they are 6-1-1-0 against West Division teams.

Notes: Mathieu Joseph leads the Sea Dogs in goals (19) and points (31)... Matthew Highmore has recorded a team high 20 assists... Christophe Boivin and Antoine Morand each have a Titan high 24 points... Boivin has 13 goals to lead the team... Morand has a team high 15 assists... Bathurst's Luc Deschenes has taken a league high 26 minor penalties... Joseph is tied for the league lead in shorthanded goals and points with four... Felix Boivin is fifth in defencemen goal scoring with six... Saint John has the league's best power play with a rating of 32%... the Sea Dogs' power play has been especially good on the road, running at 37.2%... while Saint John leads the league in shorthanded goals scored with eight, Bathurst has allowed just one shorty all season... Joseph and Bokondji Imama each have goals in five straight games... Spencer Smallman has assists in five straight road games.

Out of town:
Charlottetown at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Halifax at Moncton - 7:00 PM AST
Saint John at Acadie-Bathurst - 8:00 PM AST
Victoriaville at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EST
Baie-Comeau at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EST
Gatineau at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EST
Rimouski at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs are in Moncton for a 4 p.m. game on Sunday.

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