Friday, December 30, 2016

Game Day 35: at Moncton

Coming off one of their worst loses of the season, the Saint John Sea Dogs (22-8-3-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL) look to rebound tonight in Moncton against the new-look Wildcats (13-21-0-0, 6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL). Game time is 7 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-0 loss in Bathurst on Wednesday. Callum Booth made 36 saves in the loss. The Wildcats are coming off a 5-1 loss in Cape Breton on Wednesday. Alexandre Renaud scored Moncton's lone goal. Dominik Tmej made 39 saves in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 3-1-0-1 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 2-3-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Dec. 7 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Wildcats 4-0. Matthew Highmore, Kyle Ward, Mathieu Joseph and Bokondji Imama all scored for Saint John. Alex D'Orio made 19 saves in the shutout win.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Wildcats: Forward Julien Tessier.

Random stat: Saint John has the league's best power play (31.2%) while Moncton has the league's worst (13%).

Three Things to Know
1. Here is Moncton's lineup for tonight:
2. The Sea Dogs made a major trade today, acquiring Rimouski captain Simon Bourque. Over the past couple weeks, the rebuilding Wildcats have basically traded half of their team away.

3. Saint John was missing plenty of regulars on Wednesday in Bathurst. They were without: Mathieu Joseph (World juniors - Canada), Thomas Chabot (World juniors - Canada), Jakub Zboril (World juniors - Czech Republic), Nathan Noel (upper body), Matt Green (upper body), Vincent Martineau (flu) and Chase Stewart (upper body). Martineau has since been traded and the team also recently dealt Luke Green.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 50 points... Mathieu Joseph leads the team in goals with 25... Highmore has a team high 31 assists... Jeremy McKenna leads the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points... McKenna has a team high nine goals... a bunch of Moncton players lead the team in assists with six... the Sea Dogs are 10-6-1-1 on the road... the Wildcats are 8-8-0-0 at home... Alex D'Orio has the league's best GAA of 2.23... Callum Booth has the league's best SV% of .918.

Out of town:
Cape Breton at Halifax - 2:00 PM AST
Charlottetown at Moncton - 2:00 PM AST
Victoriaville at Baie-Comeau - 2:00 PM EST
Drummondville at Blainville-Boisbriand - 2:00 PM EST
Rimouski at Chicoutimi - 2:00 PM EST
Gatineau at Qu├ębec - 2:00 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Rouyn-Noranda - 2:00 PM EST
Shawinigan at Sherbrooke - 2:00 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan tomorrow at 2 p.m.

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