Monday, November 23, 2015

Dempsey Traded To Capitals In Big Trade

The St. Stephen County Aces and Summerside Western Capitals have completed a huge MHL trade.

The Aces sent the rights to former Sea Dogs forward and Boston Bruins draft pick Mitchell Dempsey to the Capitals in exchange for the rights to Halifax Mooseheads netminder Kevin Resop, a conditional first-round pick in the 2016 MHL draft, a conditional first-round pick in the 2017 draft and future considerations.

Dempsey has been floating around the ECHL this year on tryout agreements. On Nov. 9, the Manchester Monarchs released him from an amateur tryout agreement.

The 20-year-old forward has roots in St. Stephen, but the Aces sit in the MHL’s basement once again with only four wins in 21 games. Meanwhile, Summerside is stacked and boasts a league leading 17-4-0-0 record.

“Any time you can add some size, and play in your top six, we consider that a huge win,” said Capitals head coach and associate general manager Billy McGuigan in a news release. “We’re very happy to have Mitch, and looking forward to seeing him in the lineup.”

According to the Caps, Dempsey was expected to arrive in Summerside later this evening.

Dempsey was a seventh-round pick of the Bruins in 2013. The Sea Dogs picked up the Cambridge, Ont. native from the OHL last year and he went on to record eight goals and 17 assists in 60 regular season QMJHL games.

Summerside’s next game is on Thursday night against Pictou County.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

RECAP: Sea Dogs Win 4-3 (SO)

FINAL: Saint John 4, Chicoutimi 3 (OT)

CHICOUTIMI – The Saint John Sea Dogs managed to split their mini weekend road trip through Quebec on Saturday.

Following a disappointing 3-2 loss to the league’s worst team in Baie-Comeau last night, the Sea Dogs rebounded with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

Thomas Chabot, Kyle Ward and Adam Marsh all scored in regulation time for Saint John while Mathieu Joseph netted the shootout winner. Alex Bishop had another solid outing, making 23 stops in the victory.

Antoine Marcoux, Jonathan Bourcier and Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau all scored for the Sags. Julio Billia made 26 saves in the loss.

Marcoux opened the scoring with a power play goal at 6:59 of the opening frame. Chabot tied it less than a minute later and Ward put Saint John ahead at 13:37. With 3:27 left in the first, Bourcier netted his 15th of the season to send things to intermission tied at 2-2.

At 2:55 of the second, Marsh scored his first goal since Halloween to put Saint John ahead again.

In the third, and with Chicoutimi pressuring, Paquin-Boudreau scored with 3:24 remaining to send the match into overtime.

A couple minutes into the extra frame, Sam Povorozniouk scored but it was immediately called off due to incidental contact with Billia. But Povorozniouk did score in the shootout, along with Joseph, to give Saint John the extra point.

GAME DAY 26: at Chicoutimi

A preview of today’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Chicoutimi Sagueneens…

When and where: Today at 5 p.m., Georges Vezina Centre

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes Division and seventh overall in the QMJHL with a record of 14-10-1-0 for 29 points. The Sagueneens are fifth in the East Division and 14th overall with a 10-12-1-1 record for 22 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 loss to the worst team in the QMJHL last night in Baie-Comeau. Sam Povorozniouk scored both Saint John goals while Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 30 saves in the loss. The Sags are coming off a 4-0 home loss to the Halifax Mooseheads last night. Julio Billia made 30 stops in the loss.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 1-0-0-1 against the Sagueneens last season while Chicoutimi went 1-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Nov. 14 in Chicoutimi where the Sea Dogs defeated the Sags 2-1. Mark Tremaine and Mathieu Joseph scored for Saint John while Chicoutimi’s lone goal came from Charles Guevremont. Sebastien Auger made 24 saves in the win while Julio Billia made 32 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Sagueneens: None

Random stat/fact: Saint John has scored the second most shorthanded goals in the league with eight while Chicoutimi has scored the second fewest with two.

Friday, November 20, 2015

RECAP: Sea Dogs Lose 3-2

FINAL: Saint John 2, Baie-Comeau 3
By Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

BAIE COMEAU - The Saint John Sea Dogs kicked off a mini two game road trip on Friday night in Baie-Comeau, facing the last place Drakkar. It did not end well.

After killing a first period penalty, the Sea Dogs took advantage of their first power play of the game. Sam Povorozniouk picked up his team leading 11th goal of the season, giving the Sea Dogs a 1-0 lead just past the halfway point of the opening frame. That would be all the scoring in the first period as both goaltenders had solid starts to this contest.

The second period got off to a quick start for the Sea Dogs with Povorozniouk picking up his second goal of the game just 1:20 into the middle stanza. The Drakkar would reply a short time later though when Nicolas Leblond dented the twine, getting Baie-Comeau on the board and right back into the game. That’s how the second period would end.

The third period would see a reversal of fortunes with the Drakkar getting the quick strike just 1:36 into third and tying the game at 2-2. Late in the third period, the Drakkar would seal the win when Raphael Santerre put the Drakkar ahead with just 1:44 remaining in the contest, giving the last place Drakkar a 3-2 win over the Sea Dogs.

GAME DAY 25: at Baie-Comeau

A preview of tonight’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Baie-Comeau Drakkar…

When and where: Tonight at 8:30 p.m., Henry Leonard Centre

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes Division and sixth overall in the QMJHL with a record of 14-9-1-0 for 29 points. The Drakkar are sixth in the East Division and 18th overall with a 3-17-1-0 record for seven points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 overtime win over the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday. Sam Povorozniouk, Kyle Ward and Thomas Chabot all scored for Saint John while Alex Bishop made 31 saves in the win. The Drakkar are coming off a 6-2 loss to the Quebec Remparts on Saturday. Vincent Lavoie and Fabrizio Ricci each scored for Baie-Comeau while Evgeny Kiselev made 29 stops in the loss.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 1-1-0-0 against the Drakkar last season while Baie-Comeau went 1-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: April 4 at Harbour Station where the Drakkar eliminated the Sea Dogs in Game Five of the first round of the playoffs with a 7-4 victory. Maxime St-Cyr had a hat trick for Baie-Comeau, Jeremy Gregoire had two goals and singles came from Luca Ciampini and Vaclav Karabacek. Nathan Noel had a hat trick for Saint John and Mark Tremaine added a solo marker. Philippe Cadorette made 18 saves in the win while Sebastien Auger made 38 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Drakkar: None

Random stat/fact: The Drakkar are officially in rebuild mode after several seasons near the top of the QMJHL standings. Their roster features 10 players classified as rookies.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Joseph Scores Twice In QMJHL Win

HALIFAX – Team QMJHL split their portion of the CHL Canada Russia Series following a 6-4 win at Scotiabank Centre on Thursday.

Sea Dogs forward Mathieu Joseph, who was named to the team as an injury replacement, scored two goals in the victory. Dogs defenseman Thomas Chabot had an assist while forward Nathan Noel was held off the score sheet.

Joseph was named Team QMJHL's player of the game.

The CHL won five of the six games of the series. Russia’s only win came on Tuesday night in Rouyn-Noranda where they defeated Team QMJHL 3-2.

Sportsnet is sticking around the Maritimes and will broadcast tomorrow’s Islanders-Screaming Eagles game at Centre 200. Meanwhile, the Sea Dogs are in Baie-Comeau to face the Drakkar.