Thursday, December 28, 2017

Game Day 36: vs Screaming Eagles

SAINT JOHN - The holiday break is over and the Saint John Sea Dogs return to action this evening.

Tonight's home game against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles will be the first official match of the "post-Joe Veleno era." The Sea Dogs captain was officially traded to the Drummondville Voltigeurs last week.

Game time this evening is 7 p.m.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 10-19-4-2 for 26 points (6th Maritimes, 17th QMJHL) while the Screaming Eagles are 15-16-2-1 for 33 points (4th Maritimes, 12th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over the Charlottetown Islanders on Dec. 16 at Harbour Station. Brendan O'Reilly, Cole Reginato, Nathan Larose and Daniel Hardie scored for Saint John. Alex D'Orio made a career high 55 saves in the win. The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Halifax Mooseheads on Dec. 16 in Halifax. Peyton Hoyt and Jordan Ty Fournier scored for Cape Breton. Kyle Jessiman made 25 saves in the loss.

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

Last meeting: Nov. 22 at Centre 200 where the Sea Dogs defeated the Screaming Eagles 5-4. William Poirier scored twice for Saint John while singles came from Samuel Leblanc, Matt Green and Thomas Ashe. Brooklyn Kalmikov scored twice for Cape Breton while solo markers came from Jordan Ty Fournier and Leon Gawanke. Matt Williams made 27 stops in the win. Kyle Jessiman was pulled after allowing five goals on 15 shots. Kevin Mandolese made seven saves in relief.

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

Random stat: Cape Breton goaltender Kyle Jessiman has struggled against Saint John this season, posting a 1-1 record to go along with a 5.22 GAA and .784 SV%.

Screaming Eagle to watch: Rookie forward Brooklyn Kalmikov has three goals in four games against Saint John this season.

Notes: Ostap Safin leads Saint John in scoring with 32 points... Safin also has a team high 13 goals... Joe Veleno led the team in assists with 25. Safin is now the current leader with 19... Saint John will be without Veleno (traded), Safin (world juniors) and Radim Salda (world juniors) tonight... Cape Breton is led by Drake Batherson who has a team high 17 goals, 22 assists and 39 points. He is currently away with Team Canada at the world juniors... Phelix Martineau is Cape Breton's active leader in offensive categories with 16 goals, 16 assists and 32 points... Saint John is 4-6 in their past 10 games and have won two straight... the Screaming Eagles are 3-6-1-0 in their last 10 games and have lost five straight... Saint John is just 4-9-2-2 at Harbour Station this year... the Screaming Eagles have the second best power play in the league with a rating of 25.5%... Cape Breton has the fourth best penalty kill with a rating of 82.6%... the Sea Dogs are averaging a league low 2.67 goals per game... the Eagles are averaging the second most goals against per game (4.13).

Out of town:
Moncton at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:00 PM AST
Charlottetown at Halifax - 7:00 PM AST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:00 PM EST
Rimouski at Shawinigan - 7:00 PM EST
Qu├ębec at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EST
Chicoutimi at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Drummondville at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EST
Sherbrooke at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Moncton Wildcats tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

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