Thursday, December 8, 2016

GAME DAY 31: vs Tigres

The Saint John Sea Dogs (20-7-2-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL) play the second of mid-week back-to-back home games tonight against the Victoriaville Tigres (15-11-3-1, 3rd East, 7th QMJHL). Game time at Harbour Station is 7 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-0 win over the Moncton Wildcats last night at Harbour Station. Matthew Highmore, Kyle Ward, Mathieu Joseph and Bokondji Imama scored for Saint John. Alex D'Orio made 19 saves for his first QMJHL shutout. The Tigres are coming off a 5-2 win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Sunday at home. Mathieu Ayotte had a pair of goals while singles came from James Phelan, Felix Lauzon and Alexandre Goulet. James Povall made 35 stops in the victory.

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 0-2-0-0 against the Tigres last season while Victoriaville went 2-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Feb. 6 at Harbour Station where the Tigres defeated the Sea Dogs 5-4. Marc Beckstead, Mario Huber, Mathieu Ayotte, Alexandre Goulet and Vincent Lanoue all scored for Victoriaville. Mathieu Joseph had a pair of goals for Saint John and Nathan Noel and Luke Green added solo markers. Olivier Tremblay made 39 saves in the win. Alex Bishop allowed four goals on 21 shots before being pulled. Matthew Williams made five saves on six shots in relief.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Tigres: None

Random stat: With last night's shutout, Alex D'Orio is now 9-2 with a 2.34 GAA and .902 SV%.

Three Things to Know
1. This is the start of a three-game road trip for the Tigres, who will also make stops in Moncton and Cape Breton.

2. Mathieu Joseph extended his point streak to 17 games last night.

3. Victoriaville is a fairly solid 6-2-1-1 in their last 10 and are on a 3-0-1-1 run. Meanwhile, Saint John is 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 and have won two straight.

Notes: Mathieu Joseph continues to lead the Sea Dogs in scoring with 43 points and goals with 24. He leads the QMJHL in goals and is sixth in scoring... Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in assists with 27... the Tigres are led by Alexandre Goulet who has 43 points... Ivan Kosorenkov leads the Tigres in goals with 20... Goulet's 26 assists lead the team... Kosorenkov's 28 points is good for third in rookie scoring... the Tigres are 7-4-2-0 on the road... Saint John is 10-2-1-0 at home... James Phelan is tied for the league lead in shorthanded goals with five... Alex D'Orio's 2.34 GAA is second best in the league... Saint John is 4-0-0-0 against East Division teams... Saint John has the second best power play (28.4%) in the league and the second best penalty kill (85.1%)... the Tigres have allowed just one shorthanded goal this season, which is tied for the fewest in the league... Highmore has assists in six straight games... Joseph has goals in five straight home games... Saint John has won four straight home games... Victoriaville has won three straight road games.

Out of town:
Qu├ębec at Acadie-Bathurst - 8:00 PM AST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Sunday at 3 p.m. It's Teddy Bear Toss Day at Harbour Station.

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