Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Game Day 34: at Bathurst

The Saint John Sea Dogs (22-7-3-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL) kick off their post-Christmas schedule with a 7 p.m. game against the Titan (17-15-2-1, 3rd Maritimes, 8th QMJHL) in Bathurst tonight.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs last played on Dec. 17 at Harbour Station where they defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 8-2. Spencer Smallman had a hat trick, Matthew Highmore scored twice and singles came from Bokondji Imama, Samuel Dove-McFalls and John Warren. Alex D'Orio made 23 saves in the win. The Titan last played on Dec. 17 at the KC Irving Regional Centre where they fell 7-2 to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Vladimir Kuznetsov scored both Bathurst goals. Reilly Pickard allowed six goals on 18 shots while Simon Boudreault-Belzile allowed one on 13 shots.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-2-0-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 2-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Nov. 18 in Bathurst where the Sea Dogs defeated the Titan 6-3. Matthew Highmore, Mathieu Joseph, Cedric Pare, Thomas Chabot, Samuel Leblanc and Samuel Dove-McFalls all scored for Saint John. Dawson Theede, Felix Boivin and Christophe Boivin scored for Bathurst. Alex D'Orio made 27 saves in the win. Reilly Pickard allowed three goals on 15 shots before getting pulled. Francis Lavallee allowed three goals on 21 shots in relief.

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

Random stat: Matthew Highmore is fourth in the league in scoring with 19 goals and 50 points in 33 games.

Three Things to Know
1. The Sea Dogs are without Jakub Zboril, Thomas Chabot and Mathieu Joseph due to the World Junior Hockey Championship. The team has also traded Luke Green and Alex Bishop since their last game action.

2. Will we see Callum Booth in action tonight? The Sea Dogs acquired the goaltender from the Quebec Remparts on Dec. 18 in exchange for Bishop, Olivier Mathieu and two draft picks.

3. The Titan are currently last in the league in attendance with an average of 1,569 fans per game.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 50 points... Mathieu Joseph has a team high 25 goals... Highmore's 31 assists leads the team... Christophe Boivin leads the Titan in scoring with 42 points... Boivin leads the team in goals with 23... Daniil Miromanov leads the Titan in assists with 23... the Sea Dogs are 10-5-1-1 on the road this season... the Titan are 7-8-2-1 at home... Saint John is 4-0-1-0 on their last five games and 8-1-1-0 in their last 10... Alex D'Orio has a league best 2.23 GAA... Callum Booth has a league best .918 SV%... Saint John has the league's best power play (31.8%)... Bathurst's power play is ranked third in the league (26.3%)... the Sea Dogs' penalty kill is the best in the league (85%)... Highmore has points in nine straight games and goals in six straight... Samuel Dove-McFalls has assists in four straight games... Miromanov has points in seven straight.

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

Next game: The Sea Dogs are in Moncton on Friday to take on the Wildcats at 7 p.m.

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