Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Game Day 39: vs Oceanic
Samuel Dove-McFalls and Chase Stewart are in town to take on the Saint John Sea Dogs this evening. It's the first meeting of the season between the two and the only one that will take place in Saint John. Game time is 7 p.m.
Along with a trio of former Sea Dogs, the Oceanic are headlined by Alexis Lafreniere, who was the top overall pick in last June's QMJHL Entry Draft, which was held in Saint John.
TV/Radio/Webcast: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live
Records: The Sea Dogs are 11-20-5-2 for 29 points (6th Maritimes, 17th QMJHL) while the Oceanic are 23-10-4-0 for 50 points (1st East, 3rd QMJHL).
Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-1 loss in Moncton on Sunday. Kevin Gursoy scored Saint John's lone goal while Alex D'Orio made 34 saves in the loss. The Oceanic are coming off a 6-1 home win on Sunday over the Quebec Remparts. Alexis Lafreniere scored twice while singles came from Yannick Bertrand, Dmitry Zavgorodniy, Carson MacKinnon and Alex-Olivier Voyer. Colten Ellis made 26 saves in the victory.
2017-18 head-to-head: This is the first meeting of the season between the two.
2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 2-0-0-0 against the Oceanic last season while Rimouski went 0-2-0-0 against Saint John.
Last meeting: March 29, 2017 in Rimouski when the Sea Dogs completed a four-game first round sweep of the Oceanic with a 4-3 victory. Thomas Chabot, Kyle Ward, Matthew Highmore and Simon Bourque scored for Saint John. Carson MacKinnon, Samuel Laberge and Alex-Olivier Voyer scored for Rimouski. Callum Booth made 13 stops in the win. Charles-Olivier Levesque made 42 saves in the loss.
Ex-Sea Dogs on the Oceanic: Forward Samuel Dove-McFalls along with defencemen Chase Stewart and Vincent Martineau (who is done for the season due to a knee injury).
Random stat: This is the first trip to the Maritimes for the Oceanic this season. The team is 3-0-0-0 against Maritimes Division clubs on home ice.
Oceanic to watch: Alexis Lafreniere is second in rookie scoring - behind only Filip Zadina - with 19 goals and 19 assists in 31 games this season.
Notes: Ostap Safin leads Saint John in scoring with 32 points... Safin continues to lead the team in goals with 13. Daniel Hardie is second with 12... Safin also leads the club in assists with 19 while Hardie is second with 18... Alexis Lafreniere leads the Oceanic in points (38) and goals (19)... Samuel Dove-McFalls has a Rimouski high 24 assists... Charle-Edouard D'Astous is third in QMJHL defencemen goal scoring with nine... the Oceanic have a league best penalty kill rating of 88%... Saint John is still averaging a league low 2.61 goals per game... the Oceanic are averaging a league best 2.40 goals against per game.
Out of town:
Moncton at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Rouyn-Noranda at Shawinigan - 7:00 PM EST
Drummondville at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EST
Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday night at 7 p.m.