Friday, February 3, 2017

Game Day 48: at Halifax

The Saint John Sea Dogs (31-12-3-1, 1st Maritimes, 2nd QMJHL) look for their sixth straight win tonight in Halifax. Game time against the Mooseheads (23-22-2-3, 5th Maritimes, 11th QMJHL) at Scotiabank Centre is 7 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-2 win in Charlottetown on Sunday. Bailey Webster, Mathieu Joseph, Nathan Noel, Cole Reginato and Samuel Dove-McFalls all scored for Saint John while Callum Booth made 24 saves in the win. The Mooseheads are coming off 4-3 overtime loss to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan last night on home ice. Connor Moynihan, Nico Hischier and Frederic Aube scored for the Moose. Blade Mann-Dixon made 25 saves in the loss.

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

Last meeting: Jan. 8 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs edged the Mooseheads 2-1. Samuel Dove-McFalls and Bokondji Imama scored for Saint John while Maxime Fortier had Halifax's lone goal. Callum Booth made 20 saves in the win. Alexis Gravel made 32 stops in the loss.

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

Random stat: Following tonight's game, the Sea Dogs and Mooseheads still have four head-to-head meetings remaining this season.

Three Things to Know
1. Halifax Maxime Fortier sits second in league scoring with 72 points while Nico Hischier is third with 70. Saint John's Matthew Highmore sits fourth with 70 points.

2. The Sea Dogs have won five straight games and are 8-2 in their last 10. The Mooseheads have been struggling of late, dropping two straight and are 5-3-1-1 in their past 10.

3. Mathieu Joseph's point streak is now at 25 games, the longest in the QMJHL this season. He has been suspended for tonight's game for a clipping incident that occurred on Sunday, according to the league website.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 70 points... Bokondji Imama leads the team in goals with 31... Highmore has a team high 43 assists... Maxime Fortier leads the Mooseheads in points with 72... Nico Hischier has a team high 34 goals... Fortier leads the team in assists with 45... Saint John is 14-7-1-1 on the road... Halifax is 13-10-1-2 at home... Hischier leads all QMJHL rookies in points, goals and assists... Jake Coughler has points in seven straight games... Hischier has goals in four straight home games... the Sea Dogs have won three straight road games... the Mooseheads have lost four straight home games.

Out of town:
Acadie-Bathurst at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Moncton at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM AST
Sherbrooke at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EST
Rouyn-Noranda at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Drummondville at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EST
Rimouski at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in Sydney tomorrow at 4 p.m.

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