Saturday, March 17, 2018

Game Day 68: at Cape Breton

SYDNEY, NS - The Saint John Sea Dogs close out the 2017-18 season this afternoon in Sydney.

The Sea Dogs will play their final game of the campaign at 4 p.m. at Centre 200 against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. It will be the second meeting between the two in less than 24 hours after the Screaming Eagles edged the Sea Dogs 3-2 last night.

The Sea Dogs must win today to avoid setting the team record for fewest wins in a season. On the flip side, a win today may push the Dogs into 17th overall, which would slightly decrease the odds of landing the first overall pick.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 14-42-9-2 for 39 points (6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) while the Screaming Eagles are 31-28-6-2 for 70 points (4th Maritimes, 12th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs and Screaming Eagles met last night with Cape Breton coming out on top 3-2. Cape Breton goals came from Phelix Martineau, Brooklyn Kalmikov and Isiah Campbell. Kevin Mandolese made 21 stops in the win. Luke Wilson scored both Saint John goals. Tommy DaSilva made 38 saves in the loss.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 2-3-3-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 6-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Last night. See above.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Screaming Eagles: Forward Isiah Campbell and defenceman Ian Smallwood.

Random stat: Saint John has lost four games overall and 15 straight road games.

Screaming Eagle to watch: Former Sea Dogs forward Isiah Campbell, who scored the game-winning goal last night, has seven goals and seven assists in in 27 games with Cape Breton.

Notes: Ostap Safin leads Saint John in scoring with 58 points and goals with 26... Safin leads the team in assists with 32 while Radim Salda is second with 31... Phelix Martineau leads Cape Breton in points (62), goals (31) and assists (31)... the Screaming Eagles are 17-10-5-1 at home... Saint John is 6-23-4-0 on the road... Sea Dogs goaltender Alex D'Orio and Matthew Williams are expected to miss today's game with injuries... Sea Dogs head coach Josh Dixon will return from a two-game suspension today.

Out of town:
Moncton at Charlottetown - 3:00 PM ADT
Shawinigan at Drummondville - 3:00 PM EDT
Blainville-Boisbriand at Gatineau - 3:00 PM EDT
 Acadie-Bathurst at Halifax - 4:00 PM ADT
Victoriaville at Baie-Comeau - 4:00 PM EDT
Rouyn-Noranda at Chicoutimi - 4:00 PM EDT
Rimouski at Qu├ębec - 4:00 PM EDT
Val-d'Or at Sherbrooke - 4:00 PM EDT

Next game: See you at the draft.

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