Friday, December 29, 2017

Game Day 37: vs Wildcats

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs play their final home game of 2017 tonight at Harbour Station.

The Moncton Wildcats are in town this evening to play the Sea Dogs at 7 p.m. It's the first of back-to-back games between the two, with a rematch taking place on Sunday at the Moncton Coliseum.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 10-19-5-2 for 27 points (6th Maritimes, 17th QMJHL) while the Wildcats are 15-16-3-2 for 35 points (5th Maritimes, 13th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles last night at Harbour Station. Cedric Pare scored Saint John's lone goal while Matt Williams made 45 saves in the loss. The Wildcats are coming off a 4-3 overtime win in Bathurst last night. Adam Capannelli, Jakob Pelletier, Julien Tessier and Anderson MacDonald all scored for Moncton. Mark Grametbauer made 25 saves in the victory.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 2-2-1-0 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 3-1-1-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Dec. 15 at the Moncton Coliseum where the Sea Dogs defeated the Wildcats 4-3 in overtime. Robbie Burt had two goals for Saint John while singles came from William Poirier and Cedric Pare. Dylan Seitz, Mika Cyr and Julien Tessier scored for Moncton. Alex D'Orio made 25 saves in the win. Mark Grametbauer made 21 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Wildcats: Forward Julien Tessier.

Random stat: Three of Robbie Burt's six goals this season have come against the Wildcats.

Wildcat to watch: Forward Alexander Khovanov, the second overall pick in this year's CHL Import Draft, made his Wildcats debut last night in Bathurst.

Notes: Ostap Safin leads Saint John in scoring with 32 points... Safin leads the team in goals with 13 while Daniel Hardie is second with 12... Safin also has a team high 19 assists... Saint John will be without Safin and defenceman Radim Salda tonight due to their participation in the world juniors... Jeremy McKenna leads Moncton in points with 38... McKenna and Mika Cyr are tied for the team high in goals with 16 each... Nicholas Welsh leads Moncton in assists with 26... Moncton will be without Simon Le Coultre tonight due to the world juniors... Saint John is 4-9-3-2 at home... Moncton is 5-11-3-2 on the road... Welsh is third in QMJHL defencemen assists with 26.

Out of town:
Acadie-Bathurst at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM AST
Victoriaville at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EST
Sherbrooke at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EST
Gatineau at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs take on the Wildcats in Moncton on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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