Sunday, January 8, 2017

Game Day 40: vs Mooseheads

The Saint John Sea Dogs (24-11-3-1, 1st Maritimes, 2nd QMJHL) look to avenge yesterday's loss in Halifax this afternoon against the Mooseheads (18-18-1-2, 5th Maritimes, 12th QMJHL). Game time is 3 p.m. at Harbour Station.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs and Mooseheads met yesterday in Halifax where the Mooseheads defeated the Sea Dogs 4-1. Otto Somppi, Maxime Fortier, Frederic Aube and Nico Hischier all scored for Halifax. Spencer Smallman had Saint John's lone goal. Blade Mann-Dixon was sensational in the Halifax crease, making 46 saves in the win. Callum Booth made 13 saves in the loss.

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

Last meeting: Yesterday. See above.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Mooseheads: Goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon.

Random stat: The very talented Nico Hischier has one goal and two assists in two games against Saint John this season.

Three Things to Know
1. Team Canada's Thomas Chabot, Mathieu Joseph and Julien Gauthier are not expected to join the Sea Dogs until next week, meaning they will not play today.

2. The good news for Saint John: Blade Mann Dixon has started back-to-back games (Friday and Saturday), meaning it's unlikely he starts today.

3. Matthew Highmore enters today's game with goals in seven straight home games.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with 59 points in 39 games... Bokondji Imama leads the team in goals with 26... Highmore has a team high 36 assists... Maxime Fortier leads the Mooseheads and the league in scoring with 62 points... Nico Hischier leads the Moose in goals with 26... Fortier has a team high 41 assists... Saint John is 13-4-2-0 at home this season... Halifax is 7-10-1-1 on the road... Hischier leads all QMJHL rookies in scoring with 54 points... Hischier has goals in three straight games... the Mooseheads have won three straight games.

Out of town:
Cape Breton at Acadie-Bathurst - 3:00 PM AST
Rimouski at Blainville-Boisbriand - 3:00 PM EST
Baie-Comeau at Drummondville - 3:00 PM EST
Victoriaville at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EST
Rouyn-Noranda at Gatineau - 4:00 PM EST
Qu├ębec at Val-d'Or - 4:00 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs are in Sydney on Friday to take on the Screaming Eagles at 7 p.m.

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