Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Game Day 53: at Charlottetown

The Saint John Sea Dogs (35-13-3-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL) play another huge game tonight in Charlottetown. Just one point separates the Sea Dogs and Islanders (35-15-3-0, 2nd Maritimes, 4th QMJHL) in the standings - although Saint John has played one less game. Game time is 7 p.m. at Eastlink Centre.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off one of their worst performances of the season, losing 3-0 on home ice to the Shawinigan Cataractes on Saturday. Callum Booth made 17 saves in the loss. The Islanders are coming off a 9-0 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs at Eastlink Centre on Saturday. Daniel Sprong had a hat trick; Adam Marsh and Kameron Kielly each scored twice; and singles came from Sam King and Carl Neill. Matthew Welsh made 24 saves in the shutout.

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

Last meeting: Jan. 29 at Eastlink Centre where the Sea Dogs defeated the Islanders 5-2. Bailey Webster, Mathieu Joseph, Nathan Noel, Cole Reginato and Samuel Dove-McFalls all scored for Saint John. Pascal Aquin and Filip Chlapik scored for Charlottetown. Callum Booth made 24 saves in the win. Matthew Welsh made 30 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Islanders: Forward Adam Marsh.

Random stat: Daniel Sprong is heating up and now has points in six straight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins prospect has seven goals over his past four games.

Three Things to Know
1. The Sea Dogs and Islanders have a combined total of 17 NHL drafted players - including two players with NHL experience (Thomas Chabot and Daniel Sprong).

2. Saint John's 17 road wins is tied for most in the league with Shawinigan.

3. Saint John's top guns have been fairly quiet over the past few games. Will they break out tonight?

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with 74 points... Bokondji Imama has scored a team high 32 goals... Highmore leads the team in assists with 47... Francois Beauchemin leads the Islanders in scoring with 78 points... Beauchemin also leads the team in goals with 38... Filip Chlapik has a team high 48 assists... the Islanders are 20-5-2-0 at home this season... Charlottetown has won six straight overall and five straight at home... Carl Neill is second in QMJHL defencemen scoring with 55 points... Simon Bourque is fifth in defencemen scoring with 44 points... Saint John continues to have the league's best power play (30.8%) while Charlottetown's is third (25.9%)... the Sea Dogs have the league's best penalty kill (85%) while the Islanders' is fourth worst (75.1%)... the Isles are averaging a league high 4.33 goals per game... Chlapik has points in eight straight games... Sprong has goals in five straight home games... Jakub Zboril has goals in three straight road games... Mathieu Joseph has points in 17 straight road games... Saint John has won six straight road games.

Out of town:
Cape Breton at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs begin a three-in-three Quebec road trip on Friday in Victoriaville.

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