Thursday, January 17, 2019

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 9-2

FINAL: Saint John 2, Drummondville 9

DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. - One of junior hockey's best teams looked very much like one of junior hockey's best teams on Thursday night.

The Drummondville Voltigeurs smoked the Saint John Sea Dogs by a final score of 9-2 at the Marcel Dionne Centre. The loss ended Saint John's modest three-game winning streak and keeps the team one point back of playoff position.

The Voltigeurs dominated the Sea Dogs, outshooting the squad 62-19. Saint John's two goals came in the third period when the score was already 9-0. There isn't much to say about this game other than the fact that Drummondville is simply a significantly better team than Saint John right now. These things happen.

Nicholas Girouard, Nicolas Guay, Joe Veleno and Gregor MacLeod all scored twice for Drummondville while Marc-Olivier Duquette added a solo marker. Anthony Morrone made 17 stops in the win.

William Poirier and Luke Wilson scored for Saint John. Zachary Bouthillier was left in for all nine goals against, facing 62 shots - which is tied for the third most allowed in a game in team history.

Game Day 44: at Drummondville

DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. - A tough Quebec road trip begins tonight for the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Sea Dogs will face two of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's elite during this three-game, four day stretch. It begins tonight with an 8 p.m. matchup against Joe Veleno and the Drummondville Voltigeurs at the Marcel Dionne Centre.

Saint John will then travel to Val-d'Or to face the Foreurs on Saturday at 7 p.m. and end the trip with a Sunday contest in Rouyn-Noranda against the league leading Huskies.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/None/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are 11-29-2-1 for 25 points (fifth Maritimes, ninth Eastern, 17th QMJHL) while the Voltigeurs are 33-9-1-0 for 67 points (first Central, second Western, second QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-1 win in Bathurst on Saturday night. Maxim Cajkovic had a pair of goals for Saint John while singles came from Charles DesRoches, Nicholas Deakin-Poot and William Poirier. Mikhail Denisov made 37 saves in the win. The Voltigeurs are coming off a 7-1 home win over the Victoriaville Tigres on Tuesday. Dawson Mercer had a hat trick; Gregor MacLeod two goals; and singles came from Jarrett Baker and Joe Veleno. Olivier Rodrigue made 15 stops in the win.

2018-19 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-0 against the Voltigeurs this season while Drummondville is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Nov. 23 at Harbour Station where the Voltigeurs defeated the Sea Dogs 7-2. C├ędric Desruisseaux and Xavier Simoneau each scored twice for the Volts while singles came from Joe Veleno, Dawson Mercer and Marc-Olivier Duquette. Nathan Larose and Brady Burns scored for Saint John. Daniel Moody made 25 stops in the win. Mikhail Denisov made 40 saves in the loss.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 5-1

FINAL: Saint John 5, Bathurst 1
BATHURST - A four-point night by Maxim Cajkovic guided the Saint John Sea Dogs to a third straight win.

The rookie import recorded two goals and two assists in Saint John's 5-1 road victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Saturday night. The four point night was a career best for Cajkovic, who now has points in seven of his past 10 games.

Charlie DesRoches, Nicholas Deakin-Poot and William Poirier also scored in the victory. Mikhail Denisov made 37 saves in the win.

The Sea Dogs win combined with a Shawinigan Cataractes loss pushes Saint John into the league's final playoff spot by one point. Shawinigan, however, has played one fewer game.

Mathieu Desgagnes scored Bathurst's lone goal - which was the game's opening marker midway through the first period. Mark Grametbauer was pulled after allowing four goals on 22 shots through 40 minutes of action. Tyriq Outen allowed a goal on eight shots in relief.

The Titan, who sit last overall, have now lost 18 straight games at the KC Irving Regional Centre.

The Sea Dogs website has a full game recap.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Game Day 43: at Bathurst

BATHURST - The Saint John Sea Dogs could move into a playoff spot with a win tonight.

A Sea Dogs win and a Shawinigan Cataractes loss would push Saint John into the league's final playoff position. The Cataractes would still have a game in hand, though.

Game time tonight for the Sea Dogs' road match against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan is 7 p.m.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/Sea Dogs Live/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are 10-29-2-1 for 23 points (fifth Maritimes, ninth Eastern, 17th QMJHL) while the Titan are 7-32-1-1 for 16 points (sixth Maritimes, 10th Eastern, 18th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs and Titan met last night at the KC Irving Regional Centre with Saint John winning 4-3 in overtime. Benjamin Gagne, William Poirier, James White and Filip Prikryl scored for Saint John. Jesse Sutton, Liam Leonard and Mathieu Desgagnes scored for the Titan. Zachary Bouthiller made 18 stops in the win. Mark Grametbauer made 28 stops in the loss.

2018-19 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 2-4-0-0 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 4-1-1-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Last night. See above.

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 4-3 (OT)

FINAL: Saint John 4, Bathurst 3 (OT)
BATHURST - Filip Prikryl was the hero again in a Saint John Sea Dogs extra time victory.

After scoring the shootout winner in Wednesday's game at Harbour Station, Prikryl netted the overtime winner on Friday night at the KC Irving Regional Centre, giving the Sea Dogs a 4-3 victory over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Prikyl has been playing quite well after a quiet first half. Seemingly riding a wave of confidence, the rookie import has four goals and three assists in his past nine games.

Benjamin Gagne, William Poirier and James White also scored for Saint John. Zachary Bouthiller, who made his first Sea Dogs start after a solid relief appearance on Wednesday, made 18 stops in the win.

Jesse Sutton, Liam Leonard and Mathieu Desgagnes scored for the Titan. Mark Grametbauer made 28 stops in the loss.

The Sea Dogs website has a full recap.

Saint John is now 6-4 in their past 10 games and have moved to within one point of the league's final playoff spot.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Game Day 42: at Bathurst

BATHURST - The big games continue for the Saint John Sea Dogs.

While the Sea Dogs sit ahead of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the overall standings by six points, this weekend's back-to-back matches at the KC Irving Regional Centre offer the Dogs a chance to gain some ground in the playoff race. They trail the Shawinigan Cataractes, who own the final playoff spot, by three points. Game time tonight is 7 p.m.

The Titan sit last in the QMJHL with just 15 points in 40 games - but have been successful against Saint John so far this year, going 4-1-0-0.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/Sea Dogs Live/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are 9-29-2-1 for 21 points (fifth Maritimes, ninth Eastern, 17th QMJHL) while the Titan are 7-32-0-1 for 15 points (sixth Maritimes, 10th Eastern, 18th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-4 shootout win over the Shawinigan Cataractes on Wednesday at Harbour Station. Maxim Cajkovic, Robbie Burt, Nicholas Deakin-Poot and Brady Burns all scored for Saint John. Mikhail Denisov made 15 saves and Zachary Bouthillier made 23. The Titan are coming off a 5-4 loss in Halifax on Tuesday. Anderson MacDonald, Mathieu Samson, Cole Rafuse and William Champagne scored for the Titan. Mark Grametbauer made 40 stops in the loss.

2018-19 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: Dec. 28 in Bathurst where the Sea Dogs hammered the Titan 6-1. James White had a hat trick for Saint John while singles came from William Poirier, Alex Drover and Nicholas Deakin-Poot. Mathieu Desgagnes scored for Bathurst. Alex D'Orio had 18 saves in the win. Mark Grametbauer allowed four goals on 12 shots. Tyriq Outen allowed two on 29 shots.