Sunday, December 4, 2016

GAME DAY 29: at Gatineau

The Saint John Sea Dogs (18-7-2-1, 1st Maritimes, 2nd QMJHL) play the final game of their four-game road trip today in Gatineau. Game time against the Olympiques (11-13-3-0, 5th West, 15th QMJHL) is 5 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-2 loss in Drummondville on Friday night. Thomas Chabot and Matthew Highmore scored Saint John's lone goals. Alex D'Orio made 26 stops in the loss. The Olympiques are coming off a 5-2 home loss to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada last night. Eric Eschweiler and Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin scored for Gatineau. Mark Grametbauer allowed two goals on two shots. Mathieu Bellemare made 18 saves in relief.

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

Last meeting: Oct. 5 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Olympiques 5-4 in overtime. Mathieu Joseph had a hat trick for Saint John while singles came from Alexandre Bernier and Jakub Zboril. Alex Dostie, Vitalii Abramov, Vincent Milot-Ouellet and William Basque had Gatineau goals. Alex D'Orio made 10 saves in the win. Mark Grametbauer made 45 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Olympiques: Forward Daniel Del Paggio

Random stat: Mathieu Joseph extended his point streak to 15 games on Friday. He has 25 points during that stretch.

Three Things to Know
1. After a slow start with the Olympiques, former Sea Dog Daniel Del Paggio has had a strong month. In his last 15 games, Del Paggio has five goals and 12 assists. Overall, the overager has five goals and 17 assists in 26 games this season.

2. Saint John is 2-1-0-0 on this four game trip so far. They are 9-5-1-1 on the road this season. Following today's game, the Sea Dogs will play five straight at Harbour Station.

3. A few rough years has seen the Olympiques struggle at the gate. They are currently averaging 1,902 fans per game, which is the fourth lowest average in the QMJHL.

Notes: Mathieu Joseph leads Saint John in goals with 23 and points with 41. He continues to lead the league in goals... Matthew Highmore has a team leading 25 assists... Vitalii Abramov leads the Olympiques in goals with 16 and points with 30... Alex Dostie and Daniel Del Paggio each have a team leading 17 assists... the Olympiques are 6-7-0-0 at home this year... the Sea Dogs had a four game winning streak end on Friday. They are 7-1-1-1 in their last 10 games... the Olympiques are 6-3-1-0 in their last 10... Saint John still has the best power play in the league with a rating of 29.1%... the Sea Dogs also have the best penalty kill in the QMJHL with a rating of 84.6%... Gatineau has the third worst penalty kill in the league with a rating of 73.8%... Spencer Smallman has assists in five straight games... Gatineau has dropped two straight home games.

Out of town:
Moncton at Acadie-Bathurst - 3:00 PM AST
Val-d'Or at Cape Breton - 3:00 PM AST
Rimouski at Drummondville - 3:00 PM EST
Baie-Comeau at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EST
Sherbrooke at Victoriaville - 4:00 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Moncton Wildcats on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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