Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Game Day 60: vs Mooseheads

In a make-up game for the Dec. 16 postponed match, the Saint John Sea Dogs (40-13-5-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL) host the Halifax Mooseheads (26-29-2-3, 5th Maritimes, 12th QMJHL) tonight at 7 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs and Mooseheads met on Sunday afternoon at Harbour Station with Saint John winning 5-3. Cole Reginato, Nathan Noel, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Matthew Highmore and Bokondji Imama scored for Saint John. Halifax goals came from Maxime Fortier, Keigan Goetz and Jake Coughler. Callum Booth made 18 saves in the win. Alexis Gravel made 18 stops in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 3-2-0-0 against the Mooseheads this season while Halifax is 2-3-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: See above.

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

Random stat: Maxime Fortier leads the league in shorthanded goals with six. Mathieu Joseph is second with five.

Three Things to Know
1. Including tonight's game, the Sea Dogs and Mooseheads have three meetings remaining this season. They also met on Sunday.

2. Saint John has not played their best hockey of late but have managed to earn at least a point in each of their past seven games (5-0-2-0). Before Sunday's win they posted back-to-back overtime loses.

3. Thomas Chabot, Bailey Webster and Nathan Noel will all miss tonight's game due to suspensions.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with 79 points... Bokondji Imama has a team high 36 goals... Highmore leads the team in assists with 48... Maxime Fortier leads Halifax in scoring with 82 points... Nico Hischier leads the team in goals with 37... Fortier has a team high 52 assists... Saint John is 19-6-3-0 at home... Halifax is 12-15-1-1 on the road... Hischier leads all QMJHL rookies in points (81), goals (37) and assists (44)... Simon Bourque is second in defencemen goal scoring with 14... the Mooseheads are averaging a league high 17.28 penalty minutes per game while Saint John is averaging the second most with 16.56.

Out of town:
Moncton at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EST
Shawinigan at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Victoriaville at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EST
Drummondville at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Rimouski Oceanic on Friday at 7 p.m.

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