Sunday, February 19, 2017

Game Day 56: at Baie-Comeau

The Saint John Sea Dogs (38-13-3-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL) complete their three-game road trip today with a 5 p.m. contest against the Drakkar (19-27-5-4, 6th East, 16th QMJHL) in Baie-Comeau.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-2 win in Chicoutimi last night. Matthew Highmore scored twice while singles came from Bokondji Imama and Joe Veleno. Callum Booth made 17 saves. The Drakkar are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss on home ice to the Sagueneens on Friday. Antoine Girard scored Baie-Comeau's lone regulation time goal. Justin Blanchette made 24 stops in the loss.

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

Last meeting: Jan. 21 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs edged the Drakkar 5-3. Bokondji Imama scored twice for Saint John while singles came from David Comeau, Simon Bourque and Mathieu Joseph. The Drakkar had goals from Simon Chevrier, Jordan Martel and Xavier Bouchard. Alex D'Orio made 18 saves in the win. Antoine Samuel made 30 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Drakkar: None.

Random stat: Saint John enters tonight's contest on a nine-game road winning streak - the longest such streak in the QMJHL this season.

Three Things to Know
1. Shawinigan's loss to Drummondville on Saturday means the Sea Dogs have opened up a four-point lead on the Cataractes in the race for first overall. Both teams have 13 games remaining.

2. The Drakkar are also in quite a battle at the bottom of the standings. They currently sit in 16th with 47 points, which is the final playoff spot. The 17th-place Sherbrooke Phoenix also have 47 points but have played one more game. Today's Sea Dogs-Drakkar match could be a first round playoff preview.

3. After going five games without a goal, Bokondji Imama has goals in back-to-back games on this road trip. He continues to lead the team with 34.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with 77 points... Bokondji Imama has a team high 34 goals... Highmore leads the team in assists with 47... Ivan Chekhovic leads the Drakkar in scoring with 47 points... Jordan Martel has a team high 21 goals... Chekhovic has a team high 27 assists... Baie-Comeau is 12-10-4-3 at home... Saint John is 20-7-1-1 on the road... the Drakkar are 5-5-0-0 against Maritimes Division teams... Saint John is 8-1-1-0 against East Division teams... Spencer Smallman has points in eight straight games... Julien Gauthier, who missed yesterday's game with a minor injury, has assists in five straight road games... Mathieu Joseph has points in 20 straight road games.

Out of town:
Blainville-Boisbriand at Sherbrooke - 3:00 PM EST
Qu├ębec at Shawinigan - 4:00 PM EST
Gatineau at Victoriaville - 4:00 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs return to Harbour Station to host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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