Wednesday, August 23, 2017

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 6-0

FINAL: Bathurst 0, Saint John 6
SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs got their "real" preseason schedule off to a strong start on Wednesday, defeating the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6-0 at Harbour Station.

Nicholas Cardone, Anthony Boucher, Radim Salda, Brock Perry, Cole Reginato and Cedric Pare all scored for Saint John. Alex D'Orio made 13 saves for the shutout win.

The Titan, who didn't dress many regulars compared to Saint John, couldn't get a whole lot going offensively. Simon Boudreault-Belzile played the first half of the game in net and allowed two goals on 16 shots. Gabriel Waked allowed four goals on 20 shots in the second half of the game.

The Sea Dogs appeared to score a couple times in the opening half of the first period but the goals were called off on each occasion.

Cardone opened the scoring at 12:48 of the first, depositing a loose puck into the cage following a scramble in the crease.

The Sea Dogs took a 2-0 lead just 1:34 into the second when Boucher grabbed the puck from underneath the Bathurst netminder and slid it home.

Preseason Game Day: vs Titan

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs begin "real" preseason play tonight at Harbour Station, hosting the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at 7 p.m.

The Sea Dogs went 0-3 at last weekend's Rookie Challenge in Moncton. The Titan finished 2-1.

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/None/None

Record: The Sea Dogs are 0-2-1-0 following last weekend's Rookie Challenge. The Titan are 2-1-0-0.

Last games: Saint John is coming off a 5-1 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the fifth-place game at the Rookie Challenge on Sunday morning. Isiah Campbell scored Saint John's lone goal. Andrew MacLeod made 11 saves while Joel Goguen made 12 saves. Bathurst is coming off an 8-2 win over the Charlottetown Islanders in the third-place game at the Rookie Challenge on Sunday afternoon. Ethan Crossman scored four goals while Evan White, Domenic Malatesta, Keegan Gauthier and Marc-Andre LeCouffe added singles. Thomas Gosselin made 11 saves in the win.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 4-4-1-0 against the Titan last season while Bathurst went 5-4-0-0 against Saint John.

Notes: Isiah Campbell led Saint John in Rookie Challenge scoring with a goal and three assists... Ben Reid scored two goals at the Challenge and netted five in the two scrimmages held yesterday... Tristan Mercure and Ian Smallwood each had two assists in Moncton... Ethan Crossman led Bathurst in scoring at the Rookie Challenge with four goals and two assists. Justin Ducharme had three goals and an assist.

Next game: The Sea Dogs travel to Bathurst on Friday to take on the Titan at 7 p.m.

Camp roster reduced by three

SAINT JOHN - Three players have been reassigned from the Saint John Sea Dogs' training camp roster.

The team announced this morning that forwards Matthew Pietroniro and Luke Wilson along with defenceman Thomas Ashe are no longer at camp.

Pietroniro, who will turn 18 in November, was traded to Saint John in the Callum Booth deal during the holiday trade period last season. He appeared in two games with Saint John last year, going pointless.

Wilson was a ninth-round pick of the Sea Dogs in this year's QMJHL Entry Draft. In 38 games with the Dartmouth Major Midgets last season, Wilson recorded seven goals and 20 points.

Ashe was a ninth-round pick of the Sea Dogs in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft. The 17-year-old registered three assists in 38 games with the Moncton Flyers last year. He was held pointless in two games with the MHL's Dieppe Commandos.

There are 38 players remaining in camp: four goalies, 13 defencemen and 21 forwards.

The Sea Dogs host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan tonight at 7 p.m. in QMJHL preseason play.

Dogs open camp with scrimmages

Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs held their first two scrimmages of training camp on Tuesday with Team Thomas taking game one by a score of 3-2 and cruising to a 6-1 victory in the second contest, sweeping the day over Team Huberdeau.

As expected, the pace was much faster with the veteran players returning to the ice for the first time. The scrimmages certainly did not lack in the physical department, either.

The goal scorers in the morning scrimmage for Team Thomas were Ben Reid (two) and Isiah Campbell. Both were the result of hard work and being in the right spot at the right time. Campbell’s goal was a shot that he redirected in front.
Goal scorers for Team Huberdeau were the veteran Cole Reginato, who finished off an exceptional rush with Joe Veleno, and newcomer Radim Salda, who showed he has plenty of pop in his point shot by letting two hard shots go - the second of which dented the twine.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sea Dogs host Titan Wednesday night

SAINT JOHN - The "real" preseason begins on Wednesday for the Saint John Sea Dogs.

After going 0-3 at last weekend's Rookie Challenge in Moncton, the Sea Dogs, now joined by their returning veteran players, will look for their first exhibition win of the year when they host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at 7 p.m.

The Sea Dogs kicked off training camp on Tuesday with a couple of scrimmages at Harbour Station.

In the morning game, Team Thomas defeated Team Huberdeau 3-2. Ben Reid scored a pair of goals while Isiah Campbell, Cole Reginato and Radim Salda added singles.

In the afternoon game, a four-goal first period led Team Thomas to a 6-1 win. Reid had a hat trick while singles came from Campbell, Alexandre Lafreniere, Luke Wilson and Nicholas Cardone.

All four goaltenders in camp played equal time.

Campbell led Saint John in scoring at the Rookie Challenge, registering a goal and four points. Reid had two goals while Tristan Mercure and Ian Smallwood each had two assists.

41 players taking part in Sea Dogs camp

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs announced a few roster moves ahead of this morning's scrimmage at Harbour Station.

The team announced eight players who took part in the team's Rookie Camp last week have been reassigned. They are:

LW Tyler-James Flack
LW Brennan Laverty
RW Alexis Lyonnais
F Daniel Surette
D Justin Lush
D Matthew O’Leary
D Jack McGovern
G Andrew MacLeod

Surette (2017, round 12), O'Leary (2015, round 12) and McGovern (2016, round eight) are all draft picks of the Sea Dogs while the rest were free agent invites.

The moves leave the Sea Dogs with 41 players at camp: four goalies, 14 defencemen and 23 forwards.

Here's a look at this morning's scrimmage rosters:
Goaltender Matt Williams is with the team for training camp. He was not listed on the roster released last night.