Friday, November 17, 2017

Game Day 23: at Halifax

HALIFAX - The Saint John Sea Dogs return to action tonight following a week off.

The Sea Dogs will try and snap a five-game losing skid this evening in Halifax. Game time against the Mooseheads is 7 p.m.

Halifax sits second in the Maritimes Division and is an impressive 6-1-2-0 at home.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 4-12-4-2 for 14 points (6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) while the Mooseheads are 12-6-3-0 for 27 points (2nd Maritimes, 6th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar last Friday at Harbour Station. Nicolas Deakin-Poot, Robbie Burt and Daniel Hardie all scored for Saint John. Alex D'Orio made 29 stops in the loss. The Mooseheads are coming off a 3-2 overtime win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix last Saturday in Halifax. Cooper Jones, Benoit-Olivier Groulx and Raphael Lavoie scored for the Moose. Blade Mann-Dixon made 21 saves in the victory.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-0 against the Mooseheads this season while Halifax is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Opening night at Harbour Station where the Mooseheads defeated the Sea Dogs 4-1. Maxime Fortier scored twice for Halifax while singles came from Filip Zadina and Xavier Parent. Daniel Hardie scored for Saint John. Alexis Gravel made 31 stops in the win. Alex D'Orio made 24 saves in the loss.

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

Random stat: Odd that this is just the second meeting of the season between the Sea Dogs and Mooseheads. They meet again next Saturday at Harbour Station.

Moosehead to watch: Halifax's Filip Zadina is a top prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft and sits second overall in league scoring with 16 goals and 30 points.

Notes: Ostap Safin leads Saint John in scoring with seven goals and 23 points... Safin and Daniel Hardie each have a team high seven goals... Joe Veleno leads the team in assists with 23... Filip Zadina leads Halifax in scoring with 16 goals and 30 points... Zadina has a Mooseheads high 16 goals... Maxime Fortier leads the team in assists with 15... Saint John is 2-6-2-0 on the road... Halifax is 6-1-2-0 at home... Blade Mann-Dixon has the third best GAA (2.32) and SV% (.920) in the QMJHL... Zadina leads all rookies in points and goals... Saint John is averaging a league low 2.55 goals per games... Benoit-Olivier Groulx has goals in three straight home games... Saint John has lost seven straight road games and five straight overall.

Out of town:
Shawinigan at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EST
Gatineau at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Victoriaville at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Drummondville - 7:30 PM EST
Chicoutimi at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs are in Charlottetown on Sunday afternoon to face the Islanders at 3 p.m.

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