Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Game Day 66: at Moncton

The Saint John Sea Dogs (46-13-5-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL, 1st CHL) are in Moncton tonight to face the Wildcats (14-48-2-1, 6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) for the final time this season.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-3 home win over the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday at Harbour Station. Cole Reginato, Thomas Chabot, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Spencer Smallman and Joe Veleno all scored for Saint John. Alex D'Orio made 27 saves in the victory. The Wildcats are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in Sydney on Saturday. Julien Tessier and Anthony Wojcik scored for Moncton. Matthew Waite made 38 saves in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 6-1-0-1 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 2-6-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Jan. 28 in Moncton where the Sea Dogs defeated the Wildcats 5-2. Bokondji Imama had two goals for the Dogs while singles came from Matt Green, Kyle Ward and Matthew Highmore. Charles Taillon and Jeremy McKenna scored for the 'Cats. Callum Booth made 18 saves in the win. Matthew Waite made 47 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Wildcats: Forward Julien Tessier.

Random stat: Samuel Dove-McFalls carries a four-game goal scoring streak into tonight's game. Over his past 12 games, Dove-McFalls has five goals and nine assists.

Three Things to Know
1. A win by the Sea Dogs tonight would clinch the Maritimes Division and regular season titles. It would also give the Dogs 100 points on the year.

2. Saint John has won seven straight games and have picked up points in 13 consecutive matches. The Wildcats, meanwhile, have lost six straight and are 1-9 in their past 10 games.

3. Thomas Chabot is one point away from becoming the Sea Dogs' all-time leading scorer amongst defencemen. He is currently tied with Nathan Beaulieu with 152 career points as a Sea Dog.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with 88 points... Bokondji Imama has a team high 38 goals... Highmore leads the team in assists with 55... Jeremy McKenna leads the Wildcats in scoring with 25 points and in goals with 15... Adam Capannelli has a team high 19 assists... Moncton is 9-19-2-1 at home... Saint John is 21-7-2-1 on the road... seven of Moncton's 14 wins have come against Maritimes Division opponents... Saint John has the league's best power play (30.5%) while Moncton has the worst (13.6%)... Saint John has the league's best penalty kill (85.2%) while Moncton's is third worst (74.6%)... Simon Bourque has assists in four straight games... Spencer Smallman has points in seven straight... Julien Gauthier has assists in five straight road games.

Out of town:
Acadie-Bathurst at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM ADT
Charlottetown at Halifax - 7:00 PM ADT
Blainville-Boisbriand at Drummondville - 7:00 PM EDT
Chicoutimi at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EDT
Rouyn-Noranda at Shawinigan - 7:00 PM EDT
Val-d'Or at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EDT

Next game: The Sea Dogs take on the Islanders in Charlottetown on Friday at 7 p.m.

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