Friday, November 28, 2014

GAME DAY 26: vs Armada

A preview of tonight’s game between the St. John’s Fog Devils Montreal Junior Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Saint John Sea Dogs…

When and where: Tonight at Harbour Station, 7:30 p.m.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are first in the Maritimes Division, second overall in the QMJHL and ranked sixth in the CHL Top 10 with a record of 15-6-1-3 for 34 points. The Armada are 15-7-1-2 for 33 points and sit first in the West Division and third overall.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-5 loss in Charlottetown last night. Thomas Chabot, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Nathan Noel, Matthew Highmore and Mathieu Joseph scored while Sebastien Auger made 32 saves in the loss. The Armada are coming off a 4-1 win in Bathurst last night. Nikita Jevpalovs had a hat trick, Emil Aronsson netted a solo marker and Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 17 saves in the win.

2014-15 head-to-head: This is the first meeting of the season between the two.

Last meeting: Feb. 9 at Harbour Station where the Armada defeated the Sea Dogs 5-2. Samuel Hodhod and Nikita Jevpalovs each scored twice while Nathanael Halbert added one. Thomas Chabot and Oliver Cooper scored for Saint John. Etienne Marcoux made 16 saves in the win while Sebastien Auger made 35 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Armada: None

Random stat: The Armada’s 79 goals scored this season is the third lowest total in the league.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

RECAP: Sea Dogs Lose 6-5

FINAL: Saint John 5, Charlottetown 6
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – The Charlottetown Islanders picked a good time to take their first lead of the game on Thursday.

With 2:09 left, some miscommunication by the Saint John Sea Dogs defense allowed Filip Chlapik to feed a wide-open Alex Goulet in front of the net. The Isles forward beat Sebastien Auger and gave Charlottetown a 6-5 lead, a lead they would hang on to and earn the come-from-behind victory.

Saint John led for most of the game, often by two goals. But a big third period by Charlottetown – they scored four goals on 13 shots – propelled the home side to victory.

Filip Chlapik and Alexandre Goulet led the way for Charlottetown with two goals each. Bradley Kennedy and Ross Johnston added singles. Goulet also had an impressive three assists while Mason McDonald made 31 saves in the win.

Thomas Chabot, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Nathan Noel, Matthew Highmore and Mathieu Joseph had goals for Saint John. Sebastien Auger made 32 saves in the loss.

The Sea Dogs had a solid first period, grabbing a 2-0 lead and outshooting the Islanders 14-7. Chabot opened the scoring, putting in an Adam Marsh rebound at 9:35. Four minutes later, a wrist shot from Jack vanBoekel was stopped but Dove-McFalls collected the puck and put it past MacDonald.

Chlapik got the Islanders on the board at 9:55 of the second, putting in a loose puck off of a scramble to make it 2-1. But Noel quickly got Saint John’s two-goal lead back at 11:49 to make it a 3-1 contest.

Charlottetown got back within one at 13:41 on a power play as Chlapik fed Goulet in the slot. Saint John responded with a power play goal of their own at 16:48 as Highmore scored to give the Dogs a 4-2 lead after two.

The Islanders had some pressure on late in the second thanks to a lengthy two-man advantage. But, the Dogs were able to keep the Isles at bay. Shots were 18-15 in favour of Charlottetown in the middle stanza.

3:24 into the third, Kennedy made it a 4-3 game. Then, at 5:33, Johnston was at the side of the net and put in a loose puck to tie things at 4-4.

The Sea Dogs regained momentum and the lead at 11:18. vanBoekel fired a point shot that was stopped but Joseph was at the top of the crease and put the rebound past McDonald to give Saint John a 5-4 advantage.

The Islanders tied things up again at 12:40 when Chlapik jammed the puck in. Then with 2:09 left, Goulet scored what proved to be the game winner to give Charlottetown a 6-5 victory. Shots in the third were 13-7 in favour of the Isles in the third and 38-36 overall.

Zboril Invited To Czech WJC Camp

The Sea Dogs announced this afternoon that defenseman Jakub Zboril has been invited to the Czech Republic’s world junior training camp.

Zboril, 17 and in his first season with Saint John, has four goals and 14 points in 24 games so far this year.

The Czech Republic’s training camp begins Dec. 12. The Czechs are scheduled to play a couple of exhibition games for the tournament that begins on Boxing Day. They will play Finland in Napanee on Dec. 19 and Slovakia in Peterborough on Dec. 23.

The team will play in Group B at this year’s world juniors in Toronto/Montreal, joining Russia, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. Their first game is on Dec. 26 against Sweden.

Zboril, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, has played with the Czech Republic at a number of international events in the past. Most recently, the d-man posted four goals and two assists in five games at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

GAME DAY 25: at Charlottetown

A preview of tonight’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Charlottetown Islanders…

When and where: Tonight at 7 p.m., Eastlink Centre

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are first in the Maritimes Division, second overall in the QMJHL and are ranked sixth in the CHL Top 10 with a 15-5-1-3 record for 38 points. The Islanders are third in the Maritimes Division and 12th overall with a 13-12-1-1 record for 28 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders on Saturday at Harbour Station. Thomas Chabot and Matthew Highmore scored for the Dogs while Sebastien Auger made 24 saves in the loss. Charlottetown is coming off an 8-2 home loss to the Rimouski Oceanic on Sunday. Daniel Sprong had both Charlottetown goals while Mason McDonald and Daryl MacCallum allowed eight goals on 28 shots.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 2-0-1-1 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 2-1-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Saturday at Harbour Station where the Islanders edged the Sea Dogs 3-2 in overtime. Thomas Chabot and Matthew Highmore had Saint John goals while Charlottetown markers came from Luc Deschenes, Oliver Cooper and Spenser Cobbold. Mason McDonald made 31 stops in the win. Sebastien Auger made 24 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Islanders: Oliver Cooper and Will Thompson

Random stat: Saint John is 21-12-1-3 against Charlottetown over the last five years.

Sea Dogs Sign OJHL Goaltender

The Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League have confirmed that goaltender Alex Bishop has signed with the Saint John Sea Dogs.

"It's been decided for about a week and a bit," Bishop said about his decision to sign with Saint John in an article on the team’s website. "The offer's been on the table for about a month, and I've been weighing my options and seeing which is going to be best for me long term."

Bishop, a 17-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., has a 4-8 record to go along with a 4.23 goals against average and .890 save percentage in 14 games with the Red Wings this season.

The 6’4”, 203 lbs netminder said the Sea Dogs showed interest in him at the Governor’s Showcase.

“After a while of talking, they put the offer on the table and said they'd like to take me this year,” said Bishop. “I talked to my parents, and we had a couple long discussions and weighed the pros and cons, and I feel this is the right call for me."

Bishop will join Sebastien Auger and Bobby Dugan as goaltenders on the Sea Dogs’ active roster. He’ll replace Blade Mann-Dixon who was reassigned to the Maritime Junior A Hockey League’s Valley Wildcats earlier this week.

"We've added another young goaltender with the potential to be a starter in the QMJHL," said Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young in a release. "We like his size, his battle level in the net, and his calm nature while under pressure. We are excited about bringing another quality goaltender to our organization and increasing our depth."

The move also gives the Sea Dogs eight Ontario players on their roster.

Saint John takes on the Islanders in Charlottetown tonight. Bishop is expected to be available tomorrow when the Dogs host the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and on Sunday when they take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at Harbour Station.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sea Dogs Still Sit At Sixth

The Saint John Sea Dogs sit at No. 6 in the latest edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 rankings.

The Sea Dogs, who were ranked sixth last week as well, defeated the Shawinigan Cataractes 4-2 and fell 3-2 in overtime to the Charlottetown Islanders last week.

Other QMJHL teams in the Top 10 were the Rimouski Oceanic at No. 5 and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar at No. 9.

The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Here are this week’s rankings:
This week, the Sea Dogs travel to Charlottetown tomorrow, host the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Friday and host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Sunday.