Friday, February 10, 2017

Game Day 51: vs Voltigeurs

Winners of eight straight, the Saint John Sea Dogs (34-12-3-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL) return home tonight to host the Drummondville Voltigeurs (21-25-0-5, 5th West, 15th QMJHL). Game time is 7 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 win over the Titan in Bathurst on Wednesday. Simon Bourque, Spencer Smallman and Jakub Zboril all scored for Saint John. Callum Booth made 34 saves in the win. The Volts haven't played since last Friday where they lost 6-0 to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. Olivier Rodrigue made 20 saves in the loss.

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

Last meeting: Dec. 2 at the Marcel Dionne Centre where the Voltigeurs edged the Sea Dogs 5-2. Marc-Olivier Duquette, Alex Barre-Boulet, Joey Ratelle, Ryan DaSilva and Benjamin Gagne had Drummondville goals. Thomas Chabot and Matthew Highmore scored for Saint John. Anthony Dumont-Bouchard made 24 saves in the win. Alex D'Orio made 26 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Voltigeurs: None

Random stat: Drummondville's Pavel Koltygin, the ninth overall pick in the 2016 CHL Import Draft, is sixth in QMJHL rookie scoring with 38 points (19 goals and 19 assists).

Three Things to Know
1. Mathieu Joseph carries a 27-game point streak into tonight's game while Jakub Zboril has assists in six straight contests.

2. Thomas Chabot has been suspended two games for a slewfoot that took place during Wednesday's game in Bathurst.

3. The Voltigeurs have lost six straight games and are 2-8-0-0 in their past 10.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with 73 points... Bokondji Imama has a team high 32 goals... Highmore leads the team in assists with 46... Pavel Koltygin leads the Voltigeurs in scoring with 38 points. He also leads the team in goals with 19... Nicolas Beaudin has a team high 29 assists... Saint John is 17-5-2-0 at home... Drummondville is 11-13-0-1 on the road... the Volts are 4-4-0-1 against Maritimes Division teams... the Sea Dogs are 8-2-1-0 against West Division teams... Saint John has the league's best power play (31%) while Drummondville's is 15th (17.6%)... the Sea Dogs have the league's best penalty kill (84.7%) while the Voltigeurs' is second (82.5%)... Saint John has scored a league high 15 shorthanded goals while Drummondville has scored the second most with 13... the Volts have allowed 13 shorthanded goals, the second most in the QMJHL... the Volts have lost three straight road games.

Out of town:
Shawinigan at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:00 PM AST
Halifax at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM AST
Cape Breton at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Rouyn-Noranda at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EST
Moncton at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EST
Victoriaville at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Shawinigan Cataractes tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

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