Saint John is coming off one of its best - and few - wins of the season, defeating the Halifax Mooseheads 7-2 at Scotiabank Centre on Friday night. It was a victory that felt long overdue after weeks of close losses for the Sea Dogs.
Friday's win was Saint John's first regulation time victory since Oct. 6 - which came against the team and in the building the Dogs will face on Sunday. The Sea Dogs have had trouble picking up and maintaining momentum all season, so it'll be interesting to see how the team performs tomorrow against the Islanders.
Saint John and Charlottetown have headed in opposite directions since that Oct. 6 meeting at Eastlink Centre, which the Sea Dogs won 4-0. While the Dogs have just two wins since then, the Isles have been one of the hottest teams in the QMJHL. They are 8-2 in their last 10 games.
The Sea Dogs will be the rested team on Sunday with the Isles playing in Moncton this evening. Game time tomorrow is 3 p.m.
More from Friday's game...
- Daniel Hardie now has 10 goals in 22 games. He had 18 in 45 games with Rimouski last year.
- Four of Hardie's 10 goals this year have come against the Mooseheads.
- After a slow start to the season, Cedric Pare now has six goals and four assists in his past 10 games. The Dogs certainly need him to produce consistently on offence.
- The line of Campbell-Pare-Hardie looked excellent last night, which was good to see. They'll no doubt be kept together for Sunday's match.
- Matt Green has two goals in his past three games.
- Matt Williams looked a bit nervous at times in the first period, but settled in nicely. It was just his third start of the season and was coming back from injury.
- Shawinigan sat in the league's basement heading into action today, sitting one point back of Saint John.
- Heading into action today, Radim Salda was fifth in defencemen scoring and fourth in rookie scoring.
- Former Sea Dog Adam Marsh will not be in action on Sunday. He has left the Isles to deal with a "personal matter." Marsh is one of the Islanders' three overage players.
- Saint John is expected to have 20-year-old Brendan O'Reilly in the lineup tomorrow. He missed Friday's game due to a BCHL suspension, which the QMJHL honoured. O'Reilly was suspended six games by the BCHL earlier this month for leaving the bench to engage in an altercation.