Sunday, December 31, 2017

Game Day 38: at Moncton

MONCTON - Even though there are a few months of season remaining, the Saint John Sea Dogs will play their final regular season game ever at the Moncton Coliseum today.

The Sea Dogs and Wildcats square off in a New Year's Eve matinee at 2 p.m. The two teams met on Friday night at Harbour Station.

The Dogs and 'Cats meet a few more times this season, but those games will be held in Saint John. The Wildcats will leave the Coliseum at the end of this campaign and move to a new arena downtown.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 11-19-5-2 for 29 points (6th Maritimes, 17th QMJHL) while the Wildcats are 15-16-3-3 for 36 points (4th Maritimes, 12th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs and Wildcats met on Friday night at Harbour Station with Saint John winning 4-3 in a shootout. Robbie Burt, Matt Green and Kevin Gursoy scored in regulation while Anthony Boucher scored the lone goal of the shootout. Jeremy McKenna, Daniil Miromanov and Alexander Khovanov scored for Moncton. Alex D'Orio made 43 saves in the win. Mark Grametbauer was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots. Matthew Waite stopped all 16 shots he faced in relief.

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

Last meeting: See above.

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

Random stat: Cedric Pare, who is on a six-game point streak, has four goals and four assists in six games against Moncton this season.

Wildcat to watch: Quispamsis native Anderson MacDonald has just one assist in six games against the Sea Dogs this year. He had two goals and an assist in five games last year.

Notes: Ostap Safin continues to lead the Sea Dogs in scoring with 32 points... Safin has a team high 13 goals while Daniel Hardie is second with 12... Safin leads the team in assists with 19... Jeremy McKenna leads the Wildcats in scoring with 40 points... McKenna has scored a team high 17 goals... Nicholas Welsh leads Moncton in assists with 27... Saint John will be without Safin and defenceman Radim Salda today due to the world juniors. Moncton will be without Simon Le Coultre... Saint John is 6-10-2-0 on the road... Moncton is 10-5-1-2 at home... Jakob Pelletier is second in QMJHL rookie assists with 22... the Wildcats are tied for second in shorthanded goals scored with eight... Adam Capannelli has assists in four straight home games... the Wildcats have lost seven straight at home.

Out of town:
Charlottetown at Acadie-Bathurst - 1:00 PM AST
Val-d'Or at Blainville-Boisbriand - 1:00 PM EST
Halifax at Cape Breton - 2:00 PM AST
Victoriaville at Chicoutimi - 2:00 PM EST
Baie-Comeau at Drummondville - 2:00 PM EST
Rouyn-Noranda at Gatineau - 2:00 PM EST
Qu├ębec at Rimouski - 2:00 PM EST
Shawinigan at Sherbrooke - 2:00 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Rimouski Oceanic on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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