Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Game Day 43: vs Wildcats

The Saint John Sea Dogs (26-12-3-1. 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) continue their four-game homestand tonight when they host the Moncton Wildcats (13-27-2-0, 6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) at 8 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a wild 7-6 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Monday. Matthew Highmore, Joe Veleno, Alexandre Bernier, Julien Gauthier, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Mathieu Joseph all scored in the loss. Alex D'Orio was pulled after allowing five goals on 23 shots. Callum Booth allowed two on seven shots in relief. The Wildcats are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs at the Coliseum on Saturday. Louis-Philip Fortin and Jeremy McKenna scored for Moncton. Dominik Tmej made 34 saves in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 4-1-0-1 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 2-4-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Dec. 30 at the Moncton Coliseum where the Sea Dogs defeated the Wildcats 7-2. Bokondji Imama had a hat trick for Saint John while singles came from Joe Veleno, Ian Smallwood, Cole Reginato and Kyle Ward. Moncton goals came from Liam Murphy and Simon Le Coultre. Alex D'Orio made 19 saves in the win. Matthew Waite made 34 saves in the loss.

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

Random stat: Bokondji Imama has five goals and an assist in six games against the Wildcats this season.

Three Things to Know
1. Mathieu Joseph has points in 20 straight games. If he records a point tonight, he'll tie Filip Chlapik and Francois Beauchemin for the longest streak in the QMJHL this season.

2. The Wildcats have just seven wins against Maritimes Division opponents this season, two of which have come against Saint John.

3. Note that this is an 8 p.m. start time, presumably due to TV bingo on Rogers.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with 65 points... Bokondji Imama leads the team in goals with 27... Highmore has a team high 39 assists... Moncton is led by Jeremy McKenna who has a team high 11 goals and 18 points... Axel Simic leads the team in assists with 11... the Sea Dogs are 5-5-0-0 in their last 10 games while the Wildcats are 1-7-2-0... Moncton has lost nine straight games, which includes four straight on the road... Moncton is a league worst 5-16-0-0 on the road this year... despite a rough start on Sunday, Alex D'Orio still has a league best GAA of 2.31... Saint John is averaging 16.21 penalty minutes per game, the second most in the league... Saint John has the league's best power play (29.6%) and penalty kill (84.8%)... Moncton's power play is the worst in the league (12.3%)... the Sea Dogs are averaging a league high 4.04 goals per game while the Wildcats are averaging a league low 2.64... Moncton is averaging a league high 4.55 goals against per game... Mathieu Joseph has goals in seven straight home games... Highmore has points in 10 straight home games.

Out of town:
Halifax at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Gatineau at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:00 PM EST
Qu├ębec at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Chicoutimi at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EST

Last game: The Sea Dogs host the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Friday at 7 p.m.

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