Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Game Day 63: vs Titan

Two of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's hottest teams battle tonight at Harbour Station as the Saint John Sea Dogs (43-13-5-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL) host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (36-20-4-2, 4rd Maritimes, 6th QMJHL) at 7 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-1 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Sunday. Nathan Noel scored twice while singles came from Mathieu Joseph, Julien Gauthier and Samuel Dove-McFalls. Callum Booth made 19 saves in the victory. The Titan are coming off a 2-1 win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Sunday. Vladimir Kuznetsov and Jordan Maher scored. Anthony Dumont-Bouchard made 24 saves in the win.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 3-4-1-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 5-3-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Feb. 22 at Harbour Station where the Titan defeated the Sea Dogs 8-7. Nathan Noel had a hat trick for Saint John, Spencer Smallman scored twice and singles came from Bokondji Imama and Thomas Chabot. Christophe Boivin and Vladimir Kuznetsov each scored twice for Bathurst while singles came from Daniil Miromanov, Joakim Paradis, Felix Boivin and Rodrigo Abols.

Random stat: No other team has defeated Saint John more times this season than Bathurst (five). The Titan (five) and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (three) are the only teams in the QMJHL to have beaten the Sea Dogs more than twice this year.

Three Things to Know
1. Daniil Miromanov has two goals and nine assists against Saint John this season to lead the team. Christophe Boivin and Jeffrey Truchon-Viel each have six goals against the Dogs.

2. In six appearances against against Bathurst this season (two with Quebec and four with Saint John), Callum Booth is 3-2 and has allowed 21 goals (3.94 GAA and .905 SV%).

3. According to the league website, Kyle Ward has been suspended one-game for his hit-to-the-head major penalty on Sunday.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with 87 points... Bokondji Imama has a team high 38 goals... Highmore's 54 assists lead the team... Christophe Boivin leads Bathurst in scoring with 84 points and goals with 41... Antoine Morand has a team high 44 assists... Saint John is 8-0-2-0 in their last 10 games while Bathurst is 9-0-1-0... the Sea Dogs are 22-6-3-0 at home... the Titan are 18-10-1-1 on the road... Julien Gauthier has goals in four straight games... Spencer Smallman and Highmore each have assists in four straight games... Antoine Morand has points in seven straight... Thomas Chabot has points in 11 straight home games... Boivin and Vladimir Kuznetsov each have goals in three straight road games... the Sea Dogs have won four straight at home while the Titan have won three straight on the road.

Out of town:
Blainville-Boisbriand at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EST
Gatineau at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs have a huge game on Friday, hosting the Charlottetown Islanders at 7 p.m.

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