Tuesday, November 29, 2016
GAME DAY 26: at Rimouski
TV/Radio/Webcast: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live
Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-2 home win over the Quebec Remparts on Friday. Nathan Noel had a hat trick while Mathieu Joseph added a solo marker. Alex D'Orio made 24 saves in the victory. The Oceanic are coming off a 3-1 home loss to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Sunday. Hunter Moreau had Rimouski's lone goal. Alexandre Lagace made 21 saves in the loss.
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 2-0-0-0 against the Oceanic last season while Rimouski went 0-2-0-0 against Saint John.
Last meeting: Jan. 29 in Rimouski where the Sea Dogs defeated the Oceanic 5-3. Spencer Smallman had a pair of goals for Saint John while singles came from Daniel Del Paggio, Matt Murphy and Mathieu Joseph. Oceanic goals came from Samuel Laberge, Antoine Dufort-Plante and Deven St-Hilaire. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 20 saves in the victory. Louis-Philip Guindon made 28 stops in the loss.
Ex-Sea Dogs on the Oceanic: Forward Nico Blachman.
Random stat: Nathan Noel, the league's second star of the week, has six goals and an assist in his past two games. Interestingly, of Noel's 23 points, only six have been recorded on the road.
Three Things to Know
1. Mathieu Joseph enters this game on a 12-game point streak. He has recorded 19 points during the span. Joseph has also recorded points in eight straight road games.
2. The Sea Dogs have picked up points in seven straight games, going 5-0-1-1 during that span.
3. Former Sea Dogs forward Nico Blachman has appeared in five games with Rimouski this season, recording no points and 20 penalty minutes.
Notes: Mathieu Joseph leads the Sea Dogs in goals with 22 and points with 35. His 22 goals place him in a tie for first in the league... Matthew Highmore leads the team in assists with 22... Tyler Boland leads the Oceanic in scoring with 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points... Boland's 17 goals are a team high... Dylan Montcalm leads the team in assists with 27... Joseph's nine power play goals is tied for most in the league... the Sea Dogs are 7-4-1-1 on the road... the Oceanic are 8-3-0-0 at home... Saint John is 2-0-0-0 against East Division teams this season... Saint John has the league's best power play (30.8%) while Rimouski's is third best (28.4%)... the Sea Dogs' penalty kill is second best (84.5%) while the Oceanic's is fifth (81.4%)... Saint John has scored a league high 10 shorthanded goals.
Out of town:
Gatineau at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EST
Next game: The Sea Dogs have a huge game on Thursday, taking on the rival Cataractes in Shawinigan. Game time is 8 p.m. Atlantic.