Saturday, December 31, 2016

Game Day 36: vs Titan

The Saint John Sea Dogs (23-8-3-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL) close out 2016 with a 2 p.m. match against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (18-16-2-1, 4th Maritimes, 10th QMJHL) today at Harbour Station.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 7-2 win in Moncton last night. Bokondji Imama had a hat trick while singles came from Joe Veleno, Ian Smallwood, Kyle Ward and Cole Reginato. Alex D'Orio made 19 saves in the win. The Titan are coming off a 3-2 loss in Charlottetown last night. Kynan Berger and Jeffrey Truchon-Viel scored for the Titan. Anthony Dumont-Bouchard made 32 saves in the loss.

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

Last meeting: Wednesday at the KC Irving Regional Centre where the Titan defeated the Sea Dogs 3-0. Jordan Maher, Felix Boivin and Vladimir Kuznetsov scored for Bathurst. Anthony Dumont-Bouchard made 21 saves for the shutout victory.

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

Random stat: Dawson Theede has two goals and an assist in four games against his former team this season.

Three Things to Know
1. More than 4,800 tickets have been sold for today's game, according to the Sea Dogs.

2. The Sea Dogs are, of course, still without Thomas Chabot, Mathieu Joseph and Jakub Zboril due to the world juniors. All three will be in action today in Toronto and Montreal.

3. With Alex D'Orio starting last night in Moncton, Callum Booth will presumably make his second start as a Sea Dog. He was solid on Wednesday in Bathurst, despite the loss.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 52 points... Mathieu Joseph leads the team in goals with 25... Highmore has a team high 33 assists... Christophe Boivin leads the Titan in scoring with 42 points... Boivin has a team high 23 goals... Daniil Miromanov leads the Titan in assists with 23... the Sea Dogs are 12-2-2-0 at home... the Titan are 10-8-0-1 on the road... Felix Boivin is tied for third in defencemen goal scoring with nine... Saint John has the best power play in the league (31.3%) while Bathurst has the fourth best (25.2%)... Highmore has goals in four straight home games and assists in five straight... Samuel Dove-McFalls has assists in four straight home games.

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 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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