Saturday, August 19, 2017

Rookie Challenge Game Day: at Moncton

MONCTON - The Saint John Sea Dogs look to rebound from yesterday's overtime loss when they face the host Moncton Wildcats tonight at 7 p.m. at the Superior Propane Centre.

The other games on Saturday will feature the Halifax Mooseheads taking on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles battling the Charlottetown Islanders.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/None/Wildcats Television (YouTube)

Rookie record: The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-0 at this year's tournament while the Wildcats are 1-0-0-0.

Last games: Saint John fell 5-4 in overtime to the Halifax Mooseheads yesterday. Ben Reid, Alexandre Lafreniere, Jeremie Jacob and Kevin Mason all scored for the Sea Dogs. Stewart Bagnell allowed one goal on nine shots while Andrew MacLeod allowed four goals on 19 shots. The Wildcats defeated the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5-3 last night. Colton McKenna, Jacob Hudson, Derek Dicaire, Jaxon Bellamy and Daniil Kuzmin all scored for Moncton. Alex MacDonald made nine saves while Zachary Paradis made 11.

Rosters: Saint John's 34-man rookie camp roster (18 forwards, 12 defencemen and four goalies) has been reduced to 29 players; Moncton's main training camp roster.

Head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 7-1-0-1 against the Wildcats last season while Moncton went 2-7-0-0 against Saint John.

Players to watch:
Moncton: Jaxon Bellamy - the 16th overall pick in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft, Bellamy scored the game-winner in Moncton's 5-3 win over Cape Breton last night. The Hampton native spent last season with the Saint John Vito's.

Saint John: Ian Smallwood - the 18-year-old appeared in nine games with the Saint John last season and played on the team's top defence pairing last night with Brendan Sibley.

Notes: Saint John got off to a great start last night, outshooting Halifax 12-3 in the first period... Moncton's roster features two first-round picks from this summer's draft: Jakob Pelletier (third overall) and Bellamy (16th overall).

Next game: Saint John will play a to-be-determined opponent at a to-be-determined time tomorrow at Moncton's Superior Propane Centre.

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