Friday, December 2, 2016

GAME DAY 28: at Drummondville

The Saint John Sea Dogs (18-6-2-1, 1st Maritimes, 2nd QMJHL) look to keep the winning ways going tonight in Drummondville against the Voltigeurs (10-13-0-3, 5th West, 15th QMJHL). Game time is 8:30 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a thrilling 3-2 shootout win in Shawinigan last night. Bokondji Imama scored both Saint John goals in regulation time while Thomas Chabot and Matthew Highmore each scored in the shootout. Alex Bishop made 24 saves in the victory. The Voltigeurs are coming off a 5-4 shootout loss to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Sunday. Pavel Koltygin scored twice while singles came from Joey Ratelle and Noah Corson. Olivier Rodrigue made 23 stops.

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 1-1-0-0 against the Voltigeurs last season while Drummondville went 1-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: March 3 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Voltigeurs 4-1. Daniel Del Paggio, Sam Povorozniouk, Luke Green and Joe Veleno all scored for Saint John. Michael Carcone had Drummondville's lone goal. Alex Bishop made 24 saves in the win. Anthony Dumont-Bouchard made 23 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Voltigeurs: None

Random stat: The Sea Dogs have not lost in regulation time in Quebec yet this season. They are also an impressive 6-1-1-0 against West Division teams.

Three Things to Know
1. Drummondville head coach Dominique Ducharme is also the head coach of Canada's world junior team this year. He'll get a good look at Mathieu Joseph and Thomas Chabot tonight.

2. The Sea Dogs have won four games in a row and have picked up points in each of their past nine games (7-0-1-1). They are 7-1-1-1 in their last 10.

3. Bokondji Imama surpassed his career high in goals last night. He now has 15 in 25 games. His previous high was 13 in 2014-15, a season he split with Baie-Comeau and Saint John.

Notes: Mathieu Joseph continues to lead the Sea Dogs in goals with 23 and points with 39. He is fifth in the league in points and first in goals... Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in assists with 24... Joey Ratelle leads the Voltigeurs in goals with 21 and points with 33... Alex Barre-Boulet leads the team in assists with 21... Saint John is 9-4-1-1 on the road... Drummondville is 5-5-0-3 at home... Pavel Koltygin is fourth in rookie scoring with 13 goals and 26 points... Saint John has the league's best penalty kill (84.8%) while Drummondville's is second (83.5%)... Saint John has scored a league leading 10 shorthanded goals while Drummondville has allowed a league leading eight... Joseph has points in 14 straight games... Ratelle has goals in six straight home games... Barre-Boulet has assists in six straight home games... the Volts have lost four straight.

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

Next game: The Sea Dogs are in Gatineau to face the Olympiques on Sunday.

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