Friday, January 26, 2018

Game Day 46: at Bathurst

BATHURST - The Saint John Sea Dogs begin a tough three-in-three weekend tonight at the KC Irving Regional Centre.

The Sea Dogs will take on the Titan at 7 p.m. before heading to Halifax to play back-to-back games against the Mooseheads.

The Mooseheads and Titan currently sit first and second, respectively, in the Maritimes Division.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 12-25-6-2 for 32 points (6th Maritimes, 17th QMJHL) while the Titan are 25-13-6-2 for 58 points (2nd Maritimes, 6th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-1 home win over the Quebec Remparts on Saturday at Harbour Station. Anthony Boucher scored twice while singles came from Ostap Safin and Robbie Burt. Alex D'Orio made 44 saves in the win. The Titan are coming off a big 11-1 victory over the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday at home. Mitchell Balmas scored four goals; Ethan Crossman, Liam Murphy and Jeffrey Truchon-Viel scored twice; and Samuel L'Italien added a solo marker. Evan Fitzpatrick made six stops before leaving the game with an injury. Joseph Murdaca made 22 stops in relief.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-4-0-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 4-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Jan. 19 at Harbour Station where the Titan defeated the Sea Dogs 7-3. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel scored two goals for Bathurst while singles came from Olivier Galipeau, Noah Dobson, Samuel Asselin, Jordan Maher and Antoine Morand. Saint John goals came from Ben Reid, Alexis Girard and Yohan Plamondon. Alex D'Orio made 51 stops in the loss. Joseph Murdaca made 12 saves in the win.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: None.

Random stat: Jeffrey Truchon-Viel has five goals and four assists in his past three games.

Titan to watch: Titan defenceman Noah Dobson had two shots in Team Orr's 7-4 loss to Team Cherry at last night's CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Guelph.

Notes: The Sea Dogs are led by Ostap Safin who has 36 points in 39 games. He also leads the team in goals with 15... Safin and Radim Salda are tied for the team lead in assists with 21... Olivier Galipeau and Antoine Morand each have a team high 49 points... Mitchell Balmas leads the club in goals with 29... the Sea Dogs are 6-14-2-0 on the road... the Titan are 15-3-4-1 at home... Balmas is second in the league in goals... Noah Dobson is fourth in the league in assists with 37... Galipeau (49) and Dobson (47) are first and second in QMJHL defencemen scoring... the Titan have the second best power play in the league with a rating of 25.7%... Bathurst has the third best penalty kill with a rating of 82.5%... German Rubtsov has points in eight straight home games... the Titan have won three straight... Saint John has lost four straight road games.

Out of town:
Cape Breton at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM AST
Sherbrooke at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:00 PM EST
Moncton at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Drummondville at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EST
Shawinigan at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EST
Victoriaville at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs take on the Mooseheads tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Scotiabank Centre.