Saturday, February 17, 2018

Game Day 56: at Rouyn-Noranda

ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs play the final game of their Quebec road trip tonight against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

The Sea Dogs have lost the first two games of this trip - and 10 straight road games overall.

Saint John will be in tough this evening, facing a team that sits sixth overall in the league and is very good on home ice. Game time tonight is 8 p.m.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 13-32-8-2 for 36 points (6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) while the Huskies are 32-16-5-3 for 72 points (3rd West, 6th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss in Val-d'Or last night. Ostap Safin scored both Saint John goals while Alex D'Orio made 33 saves in the loss. The Huskies are coming off a 2-1 home loss to the Charlottetown Islanders last night. Peter Abbandonato scored Rouyn-Noranda's lone goal. Samuel Harvey made 35 saves in the loss.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Huskies this season while Rouyn-Noranda is 0-0-1-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 29 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Huskies 5-4 in overtime. Ostap Safin scored two Saint John goals while singles came from Anthony Boucher, Cole Reginato and Radim Salda. Peter Abbandonato, Tyler Hinam, Mathieu Boucher and Jacob Neveu scored for Rouyn-Noranda. Matthew Williams made 26 saves in the win. Samuel Harvey made 24 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Huskies: Defenceman Will Thompson.

Random stat: Huskies goaltender Samuel Harvey has the league's best goals against average (2.05), save percentage (.930) and most wins (27).

Husky to watch: William Cyr is fourth in QMJHL defencemen goals with 13 on the year.

Notes: Ostap Safin leads Saint John in points (50), goals (23) and assists (27)... Raphael Harvey-Pinard leads Rouyn-Noranda in scoring (64), goals (24) and assists (40)... Saint John is 6-18-4-0 on the road... Rouyn-Noranda is 18-5-2-3 at home... Patrik Hrehorcak is sixth in QMJHL rookie scoring with 40 points... Safin has moved up to third in rookie scoring with 50 points... the Huskies are averaging the second fewest goals per game with an average of 2.62... Safin has goals in four straight games.

Out of town:
Baie-Comeau at Shawinigan - 4:00 PM EST
Acadie-Bathurst at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Charlottetown at Val-d'Or - 7:00 PM EST

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

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