Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Game Day 66: at Halifax

HALIFAX - The final stretch of the Saint John Sea Dogs' 2017-18 season begins tonight.

The Sea Dogs will play their next three and final games of the season over the next few days. The stretch of road games begins this evening in Halifax with a 7 p.m. tilt against the Mooseheads.

The Mooseheads are still in the hunt for a Maritimes Division title, and the Sea Dogs will look to play spoiler tonight.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 14-40-9-2 for 39 points (6th Maritimes, 17th QMJHL) while the Mooseheads are 41-17-6-1 for 89 points (2nd Maritimes, 4th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-4 loss to the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday at Harbour Station. Cole Reginato scored twice while singles came from Anthony Boucher and Cedric Pare. Alex D'Orio made 28 saves in the loss. The Mooseheads are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Titan in Bathurst on Saturday. Filip Zadina scored both Halifax goals. Alexis Gravel made 40 saves in the loss.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 2-4-1-0 against the Mooseheads this season while Halifax is 5-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Feb. 9 in Saint John where the Sea Dogs doubled up the Mooseheads 6-3. Ostap Safin and Robbie Burt each scored twice while singles came from Anthony Boucher and Ben Reid. Otto Somppi, Filip Zadina and Xavier Parent scored for Halifax. Alex D'Orio made 28 saves in the win. Blade Mann-Dixon made 36 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Mooseheads: Goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon.

Random stat: Saint John has lost 13 straight games. They will play their final three games of the season all on the road.

Moosehead to watch: Filip Zadina, who was teammates with Ostap Safin and Radim Salda at the world juniors, has four goals and two assists in four games against Saint John this season.

Notes: Ostap Safin leads Saint John in points with 56 and goals with 26... Safin and Radim Salda each have a team high 30 goals... Otto Somppi leads Halifax in points with 80 and assists with 52... Filip Zadina has a Mooseheads high 42 goals... Sea Dogs head coach Josh Dixon will serve the first game of his two-game suspension tonight... Saint John is 6-21-4-0 on the road this season... Halifax is 22-5-4-0 at home... Zadina is second in rookie scoring with 77 points... Somppi has points in 13 straight home games.

Out of town:
Cape Breton at Moncton - 7:00 PM ADT
Rimouski at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:00 PM EDT
Val-d'Or at Drummondville - 7:00 PM EDT
Chicoutimi at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EDT
Gatineau at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EDT
Rouyn-Noranda at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EDT

Next game: The Sea Dogs take on the Screaming Eagles in Sydney on Friday night.

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