Friday, January 6, 2017

Game Day 38: vs Titan

The Saint John Sea Dogs (23-10-3-1, 1st Maritimes, 2nd QMJHL) look to end a two-game losing skid tonight against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (19-16-2-2, 4th Maritimes, 9th QMJHL). Game time is 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-3 home loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Wednesday. Matthew Highmore, Nathan Noel and Joe Veleno all scored for Saint John. Callum Booth was pulled after allowing five goals on 24 shots. Alex D'Orio made four saves in relief. The Titan are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Charlottetown Islanders on Tuesday in Bathurst. Dawson Theede and Antoine Morand had Bathurst goals. Anthony Dumont-Bouchard made 33 saves in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-4-0-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 4-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: These two met on New Year's Eve at Harbour Station with the Titan winning 7-5. Bokondji Imama had two goals for Saint John while singles came from Matthew Highmore, Alexandre Lafreniere and Alexandre Bernier. Bathurst goals came from Jeffrey Truchon-Viel, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Zachary Malatesta, Christophe Boivin, Noah Dobson, Antoine Morand and Jordan Maher. Callum Booth made 29 saves in the loss. Anthony Dumont-Bouchard made 37 stops in the win.

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

Random stat: This is the third meeting between the Sea Dogs and Titan since Dec. 28. They don't meet again until Feb. 8 in Bathurst.

Three Things to Know
1. The Sea Dogs made a huge acquisition on the QMJHL's trade deadline day, dealing for Team Canada and Val-d'Or Foreurs forward Julien Gauthier. It's highly unlikely he will play tonight, of course.

2. Matthew Highmore has goals in six straight home games.

3. Highmore enters play tonight just one point back of Halifax's Maxime Fortier for the league's scoring lead.

Notes: The Sea Dogs are led by Matthew Highmore who has 56 points in 37 games... Mathieu Joseph and Bokondji Imama are tied for the team lead in goals with 25... Highmore has a team high 35 assists... Bathurst is led by Christophe Boivin who has 46 points in 39 games. He also has a team high 24 goals... Daniil Miromanov leads the Titan in assists with 24... Saint John is 12-4-2-0 at home this season... Bathurst is 11-8-0-1 on the road... the Dogs are 5-4-1-0 in their past 10 games and have dropped two straight... the Titan are 6-2-1-1 in their last 10 and have points in two straight games... Saint John has the best power play (31.8%) in the QMJHL while Bathurst has the third best (25.7%).

Out of town:
Cape Breton at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM AST
Moncton at Halifax - 7:00 PM AST
Gatineau at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EST
Chicoutimi at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EST
Qu├ębec at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EST
Sherbrooke at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs are in Halifax to take on the Mooseheads tomorrow at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet.

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