Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Game Day 25: at Cape Breton

SYDNEY, NS - The Saint John Sea Dogs will look to get back on track tonight in Cape Breton after a rough outing on Sunday in Charlottetown.

Following a strong 7-2 win in Halifax last Friday, the Sea Dogs were thumped 6-2 by the Islanders on Sunday.

The Sea Dogs will look get back in the win column tonight when they face the Screaming Eagles. Game time is 7 p.m. at Centre 200.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 5-13-4-2 for 16 points (6th Maritimes, 17th QMJHL) while the Screaming Eagles are 12-9-1-1 for 26 points (5th Maritimes, 10th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-2 loss in Charlottetown on Sunday. Ostap Safin and Alexis Girard had Saint John goals. Matt Williams made 38 stops in the loss. The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 5-2 win in Moncton on Sunday. Tyler Hylland, Egor Sokolov, Phelix Martineau, Mathias Laferriere and Peyton Hoyt scored for the Screaming Eagles. Kevin Mandolese made 40 stops in the win.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-1-1-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 2-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 22 at Harbour Station where the Screaming Eagles defeated the Sea Dogs 6-5 in overtime. Drake Batherson netted a hat trick for Cape Breton while singles came from Brooklyn Kalmikov, Ryan Francis and Adam McCormick. Daniel Hardie, Ostap Safin, Samuel Leblanc, Matt Green and Alexandre Lafreniere scored for Saint John. Kevin Mandolese was pulled after allowing two goals on eight shots. Kyle Jessiman made 19 saves in relief. Alex D'Orio made 33 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Screaming Eagles: Defenceman Ian Smallwood

Random stat: Ostap Safin has three goals and two assists in his past five games.

Screaming Eagle to watch: The Screaming Eagles recalled former Dogs defenceman Ian Smallwood for this game due to injuries and suspensions.

Notes: Ostap Safin leads Saint John in points with 26... Daniel Hardie leads the team in goals with 10... Joe Veleno has a team high 19 assists... Drake Batherson leads Cape Breton in goals (17), assists (20) and points (37)... the Sea Dogs will be without Cole Reginato, Robbie Burt and Samuel Duchesne due to suspensions... defenceman Thomas Ashe has been recalled from MHL Amherst... Cape Breton will be without Drake Batherson (injured), Justin Lazure (suspended), Ross MacDougall (injured) and Sacha Roy (suspended)... the Screaming Eagles have the best power play in the league with a rating of 30.7%... Cape Breton has the third best penalty kill in the league with a rating of 82.6%... the Eagles are averaging a league high 3.85 goals per game while the Sea Dogs are averaging a league low 2.71 goals per game... Cape Breton is averaging a league high 4.10 goals against per game... Phelix Martineau has points in 10 straight games... Safin has goals in three straight road games.

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

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

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