Friday, January 20, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 1-0

FINAL: Chicoutimi 0, Saint John 1
SAINT JOHN - Mathieu Joseph's second period goal was all the Saint John Sea Dogs needed in a 1-0 victory over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Friday night at Harbour Station.

The goal gives Joseph points in 22 straight games, which is the longest streak in the QMJHL this season and also ties a Sea Dogs franchise record. Zack Phillips had points in 22 straight contests during the 2011-12 season.

Callum Booth earned his first shutout as a Sea Dog, making 22 saves in the win.

Xavier Potvin had a strong game in the Chicoutimi net, making 33 saves in the loss.

To the notes...
  • Chicoutimi's Zachary Lavigne had a good shorthanded chance early but hit the outside of the post. Late in the period, Matthew Highmore fired a shot from a sharp angle that beat Potvin but not the post.
  • Less than a minute into the second period, Bokondji Imama had a great chance but wired his shot off the crossbar.
  • At 8:21, Thomas Chabot fed Joseph who broke in past the Chicoutimi defence and beat Potvin blocker side to make it 1-0 Saint John.
  • The Sea Dogs had a lengthy five-on-three power play in the second but could not score.
  • Both teams applied pressure at moments in the third period but could not connect. Saint John was the better team late, and when Frederic Allard slashed Joseph with 1:40 to play, that basically ended the game.
  • Both Nathan Noel and Samuel Dove-McFalls returned from upper body injuries. Chabot was also back in Saint John's lineup after being given Tuesday's game off.
  • Imama has not scored in four straight games.
  • Chabot now has assists in seven straight home games.
  • Highmore's 11-game home point streak came to an end.
  • German Rubtsov, a Philadelphia Flyers first-rounder and a member of Team Russia at the world juniors, appeared in his second career QMJHL game.
  • The game featured 14 NHL drafted players, including four Carolina Hurricanes prospects.
  • Former NHLer Glenn “Chico” Resch was in the house for Faith and Family Night.
  • The Sea Dogs and Sagueneens meet again on Feb. 18 in Chicoutimi. 

Game Day 44: vs Sagueneens

The Chicoutimi Sagueneens (23-18-2-1, 3rd East, 9th QMJHL) make their lone regular season visit to Harbour Station tonight, taking on the Saint John Sea Dogs (27-12-3-1, 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) at 7 p.m.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 7-2 win over the Moncton Wildcats on Tuesday at Harbour Station. Spencer Smallman and Samuel Leblanc each scored twice while singles came from Julien Gauthier, Matt Green and Cole Reginato. Callum Booth made 18 saves in the win. The Sagueneens are coming off a 4-3 shootout win in Halifax last night. Nicolas Roy scored twice while Frederic Allard added a solo marker. Julio Billia made 23 saves in the win.

2016-17 head-to-head: This is the first meeting of the season between the Sea Dogs and Sagueneens. They meet again on Feb. 18 in Chicoutimi.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 2-0-0-0 against the Sagueneens last season while Chicoutimi went 0-0-1-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Feb. 14, 2016 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Sagueneens 6-5 in overtime. Sam Povorozniouk and Samuel Dove-McFalls each scored twice for Saint John while singles came from Spencer Smallman and Mathieu Joseph. Nicolas Roy, Antoine Marcoux, Dmitry Zhukenov, Taylor Cooper and Mark Bzowey scored for Chicoutimi. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 15 saves in the win. Xavier Potvin made 37 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Sagueneens: None.

Random stat: This game could feature four Carolina Hurricanes prospects: Nicolas Roy of the Sagueneens and Julien Gauthier, Spencer Smallman and Callum Booth of the Sea Dogs.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday notes: Joseph's streak still going

After returning to the Saint John Sea Dogs from the World Junior Hockey Championship, Mathieu Joseph picked up right where he left off.

Joseph's final game with the Sea Dogs before departing for Team Canada camp was on Dec. 8, leaving with an 18-game point streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect has points in all three games since his return, giving him a goal or an assist in 21 consecutive contests.

If Joseph can get a point on Friday night against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, he'll have the longest point streak in the QMJHL this year, surpassing Filip Chlapik and Francois Beauchemin.
Joseph has collected 36 of his 52 points during the streak.

Joseph's point streak is the second longest in Sea Dogs history. The longest belongs to Zack Phillips, who had points in 22 consecutive matches in 2011-12 - a record Joseph can tie on Friday.
Game time on Friday is 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pare, D'Orio make Central Scouting midterm rankings

Two Saint John Sea Dogs cracked NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings for the 2017 draft, which were released Tuesday afternoon.

Forward Cedric Pare was ranked 203rd amongst North American skaters while Alex D'Orio was ranked eighth amongst North American goaltenders.

Both Pare and D'Orio were first round picks of the Sea Dogs in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft and are in their first full seasons with the club.

Pare has five goals and eight assists in 42 games with Saint John this season. D'Orio, meanwhile, has put up some of the QMJHL's best goaltending numbers with a 13-1-0-1 record to go along with a 2.31 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.

D'Orio will take part in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Quebec City later this month.

Sea Dogs prospect Shane Bowers was ranked 13th by Central Scouting. Saint John draft picks Ben Mirageas (48th) and Morgan Barron (88th) were also ranked. Bowers is committed to Boston University (2017-18), Mirageas to Providence College (2018-19) and Barron to Cornell University (2017-18).

Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, the brother of Mathieu Joseph, was ranked 42nd.

The 2017 NHL Draft takes place June 23-24 in Chicago.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 7-2

FINAL: Moncton 2, Saint John 7
By Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs scored early and never look back as they cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Moncton Wildcats on Tuesday night at Harbour Station.

The goal scorers for the Sea Dogs were Samuel Leblanc (two), Spencer Smallman (two), Julien Gauthier, Matt Green and Cole Reginato. Callum Booth picked up the win, stopping 18 shots.

Replying for the Wildcats were Axel Simic and Adam Capannelli. Taking the loss was Dominik Tmej who stopped six of the nine shots he faced before being relieved by Matthew Waite, who stopped 31 of 35 shots sent his way.

To the notes…

  • The Sea Dogs got on the board first just 54 seconds into the game as Smallman was able to tap a loose puck past Tmej.
  • Leblanc made it 2-0 at 5:03 of the opening period. After catching a nice pass from Jakub Zboril, he was able to break in and wrist a shot past Tmej.
  • The Sea Dogs wouldn’t take long to make it 3-0 as Gauthier tapped home another rebound at 5:52, which ended the night for Tmej. Waite would come in to take over the reigns.
  • Simic would get the Wildcats on the board at 15:12 of the first period, one timing a shot past Booth.
  • The Sea Dogs would get the goal right back as Green deked to his backhand and slid a shot past Waite at 15:46, extending the lead to 4-1 for the Dogs.
  • Smallman picked up his second of the game on a power play at 11:35 of the second to make it 5-1.
  • Reginato would get in on the scoring summary at 9:57 of the third when he turned and fired a loose puck in the slot past Waite. That made it 6-1.
  • Leblanc was awarded a penalty shot at 10:28 and he would make no mistake, wristing a shot over the glove of Waite for his second of the game.
  • Capannelli would pick up another power play goal at 15:14 - almost a carbon copy of the first Wildcat goal - on a feed from behind the net.
  • The late start for tonight’s game (8 p.m.) due Rogers TV's commitment to broadcast… Bingo!
  • Mathieu Joseph extended his point to 21 games, tying the league high for this season.

Game Day 43: vs Wildcats

The Saint John Sea Dogs (26-12-3-1. 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) continue their four-game homestand tonight when they host the Moncton Wildcats (13-27-2-0, 6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) at 8 p.m.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a wild 7-6 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Monday. Matthew Highmore, Joe Veleno, Alexandre Bernier, Julien Gauthier, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Mathieu Joseph all scored in the loss. Alex D'Orio was pulled after allowing five goals on 23 shots. Callum Booth allowed two on seven shots in relief. The Wildcats are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Drummondville Voltigeurs at the Coliseum on Saturday. Louis-Philip Fortin and Jeremy McKenna scored for Moncton. Dominik Tmej made 34 saves in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 4-1-0-1 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 2-4-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Dec. 30 at the Moncton Coliseum where the Sea Dogs defeated the Wildcats 7-2. Bokondji Imama had a hat trick for Saint John while singles came from Joe Veleno, Ian Smallwood, Cole Reginato and Kyle Ward. Moncton goals came from Liam Murphy and Simon Le Coultre. Alex D'Orio made 19 saves in the win. Matthew Waite made 34 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Wildcats: Forward Julien Tessier.

Random stat: Bokondji Imama has five goals and an assist in six games against the Wildcats this season.