Thursday, February 22, 2018

Game Day 58: vs Islanders

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs play the second game of a rare mid-week stretch of back-to-back home matches tonight at Harbour Station.

The Charlottetown Islanders are in town, who were also in action last night - and also lost in overtime.

Game time this evening is 7 p.m.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 13-33-9-2 for 37 points (6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) while the Islanders are 31-21-5-0 for 67 points (3rd Maritimes, 9th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Moncton Wildcats last night at Harbour Station. Anthony Boucher scored both Saint John goals while William Poirier added a single. Alex D'Orio made 45 saves in the loss. The Islanders are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Halifax Mooseheads last night at Eastlink Centre. Daniel Hardie and Nikita Alexandrov scored for Charlottetown. Matthew Welsh made 32 saves in the loss.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 2-3-1-0 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 4-1-1-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Feb. 2 at Harbour Station where the Islanders defeated the Sea Dogs 5-2. Daniel Hardie scored twice for Charlottetown while singles came from Thomas Casey, Sullivan Sparkes and Nikita Alexandrov. Saint John goals came from Ostap Safin and Luke Wilson. Matthew Welsh made 21 stops in the win. Alex D'Orio was pulled after allowing four goals on 24 shots in just under 32 minutes of action. Matthew Williams made 13 stops in relief.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Islanders: Forward Daniel Hardie.

Random stat: Neither of these teams play on Friday or Saturday, which is odd. Tonight's game is the first of a home-and-home series between the two, with the second match taking place on Sunday in Charlottetown.

Islander to watch: Daniel Hardie has two goals against his old team this season.

Notes: Ostap Safin leads Saint John in scoring with 52 points and goals with 24... Safin and Radim Salda each have a team high 28 assists... the Islanders are led by Dereck Gentile who has 50 points... Daniel Hardie leads the team in goals with 21... Gentile and Pierre-Olivier Joseph each have a team high 31 assists... Saint John has lost five straight games... Saint John is 7-15-4-2 at home... Charlottetown is 15-12-2-0 on the road.

Out of town:
Gatineau at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:00 PM AST

Next game: The Sea Dogs and Islanders meet again on Sunday afternoon at Eastlink Centre.

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