Saturday, January 20, 2018

Game Day 45: vs Remparts

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs are back in action tonight at Harbour Station.

The Sea Dogs continue a tough stretch of games this evening, hosting the Quebec Remparts at 7 p.m.

While the Remparts sit eighth overall in the league and play in a tough division with Rimouski and Victoriaville, Saint John won the lone previous matchup between the two, winning in a shootout on Dec. 3 at Videotron Centre.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are 11-25-6-2 for 30 points (6th Maritimes, 17th QMJHL) while the Remparts are 25-16-3-2 for 55 points (2nd East, 8th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 7-3 loss on home ice to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan last night. Ben Reid, Alexis Girard and Yohan Plamondon scored for Saint John. Alex D'Orio made 51 saves in the loss. The Remparts are coming off a 5-2 win in Moncton last night. Gregor MacLeod scored twice for Quebec while singles came from Tomas Dajcar, Philipp Kurashev and Matthew Boucher. Antoine Samuel made 29 saves in the victory.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Remparts this season while Quebec is 0-0-0-1.

Last meeting: Dec. 3 at Videotron Centre where the Sea Dogs defeated the Remparts 3-2 in a shootout. Kevin Gursoy and Robbie Burt scored regulation time goals for Saint John. Tomas Dajcar and Philipp Kurashev scored for Quebec. Alex D'Orio made 34 saves in the win. Olivier Chalifour allowed two goals on three shots before being pulled. Dereck Baribeau made 33 saves in relief.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Remparts: None.

Random stat: Saint John has scored first in a game a league low 11 times this season. They are 4-5-2-0 in those games, making them the only team in the league with a below .500 winning percentage when opening the scoring.

Rempart to watch: Philipp Kurashev, who had a goal and two assists with Switzerland at the world juniors, has 11 goals and 29 assists in 41 games with Quebec this season. He is eligible for this year's NHL Draft.

Notes: Ostap Safin leads Saint John in points (34), goals (14) and assists (20)... Matthew Boucher leads the Remparts in goals (23) and points (50)... Philipp Kurashev leads Quebec in assists with 29... Saint John is 5-11-4-2 at home... Quebec is 11-10-2-0 on the road... the Remparts have won two straight... the Sea Dogs have lost seven straight... Saint John has just two wins against non-Maritimes Division clubs this year... Quebec is 6-3-0-2 against Maritimes Division teams.

Out of town:
Gatineau at Chicoutimi - 3:00 PM EST
Sherbrooke at Drummondville - 3:00 PM EST
Cape Breton at Moncton - 4:00 PM AST
Halifax at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:00 PM AST
Shawinigan at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:00 PM EST
Blainville-Boisbriand at Val-d'Or - 7:00 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs are in Bathurst to take on the Titan this Friday at 7 p.m.

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