Thursday, February 22, 2018

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 6-3

FINAL: Charlottetown 6, Saint John 3
SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs dropped their sixth straight game on Thursday night at Harbour Station.

The Charlottetown Islanders scored three goals in the second period en route to a 6-3 win over the Sea Dogs.

Pierre-Olivier Joseph scored twice while singles came from Daniel Hardie, Nikita Alexandrov, Olivier Desjardins and Hunter Drew. Dakota Lund-Cornish made 28 saves in the win.

Alexis Girard, Cole Reginato and Kevin Mason had goals for Saint John. Matthew Williams made 33 saves in the loss.

The loss keeps Saint John six points back of the Val-d'Or Foreurs, who currently hold the league's final playoff spot. The Sea Dogs have 10 games remaining on their schedule.

Game Day 58: vs Islanders

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs play the second game of a rare mid-week stretch of back-to-back home matches tonight at Harbour Station.

The Charlottetown Islanders are in town, who were also in action last night - and also lost in overtime.

Game time this evening is 7 p.m.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 13-33-9-2 for 37 points (6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) while the Islanders are 31-21-5-0 for 67 points (3rd Maritimes, 9th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Moncton Wildcats last night at Harbour Station. Anthony Boucher scored both Saint John goals while William Poirier added a single. Alex D'Orio made 45 saves in the loss. The Islanders are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Halifax Mooseheads last night at Eastlink Centre. Daniel Hardie and Nikita Alexandrov scored for Charlottetown. Matthew Welsh made 32 saves in the loss.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 2-3-1-0 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 4-1-1-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Feb. 2 at Harbour Station where the Islanders defeated the Sea Dogs 5-2. Daniel Hardie scored twice for Charlottetown while singles came from Thomas Casey, Sullivan Sparkes and Nikita Alexandrov. Saint John goals came from Ostap Safin and Luke Wilson. Matthew Welsh made 21 stops in the win. Alex D'Orio was pulled after allowing four goals on 24 shots in just under 32 minutes of action. Matthew Williams made 13 stops in relief.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 4-3 (OT)

FINAL: Moncton 4, Saint John 3 (OT)
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SAINT JOHN - The Moncton Wildcats ended a six-game losing streak with a 4-3 overtime win over the Saint John Sea Dogs on Wednesday night at Harbour Station.

It certaintly wasn't an easy win for the Wildcats. Despite outshooting Saint John 49-26 overall, Moncton never led by more than two goals. Two third period goals by the Sea Dogs - one that probably shouldn't have counted and one shot Mark Grametbauer should have stopped - sent the game into overtime. Jeremy McKenna secured the victory 49 seconds into overtime.

Alexander Khovanov, Nicholas Welsh and James Phelan also scored for Moncton. Grametbauer made 23 stops in the win.

Once again, Alex D'Orio gave Saint John a chance in this game. He made 45 saves on the night, facing 37 shots in the first two periods combined.

Anthony Boucher scored a pair for Saint John while William Poirier added a solo marker.

The Sea Dogs' struggles keep on chugging along as the season slowly grinds to an end. The Dogs have now lost five straight games.

Game Day 57: vs Wildcats

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs return to home ice this evening, hosting the Moncton Wildcats at 7 p.m.

The Sea Dogs have lost four straight games - dropping all three matches on their Quebec road trip last week - and are just 1-7-2-0 in their last 10 games. Saint John sits seven points back of the league's final playoff spot with 12 games to go, making a win tonight critical for the Dogs' slim playoff hopes.

Game time is 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 13-33-8-2 for 36 points (6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) while the Wildcats are 23-27-5-3 for 54 points (5th Maritimes, 13th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-3 loss in Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday. Ben Reid, Robbie Burt and Ostap Safin scored Saint John goals. Matthew Williams made 55 saves in the loss. The Wildcats are coming off an 8-3 loss to the Rimouski Oceanic on home ice on Sunday. Adam Capannelli, Jakob Pelletier and Dylan Seitz scored for Moncton. Mark Grametbauer allowed two goals on two shots before being pulled. Matthew Waite allowed six goals on 32 shots in relief.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 3-3-1-0 against the Wildcats this season while Moncton is 4-1-1-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: These two haven't met since New Year's Eve in Moncton where the Wildcats defeated the Sea Dogs 5-1. Jeremy McKenna scired twice for Moncton while singles came from Jakob Pelletier, Adam Capannelli and Daniil Miromanov. Saint John's lone goal came from Kevin Gursoy. Mark Grametbauer made 19 saves in the win. Alex D'Orio made 34 stops in the loss.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 5-3

FINAL: Saint John 3, Rouyn-Noranda 5
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ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. - A third period comeback fell short for the Saint John Sea Dogs on Saturday.

The Sea Dogs, down 4-0 through 40 minutes, scored three times in a 1:14 stretch in the third period, getting within one of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The Huskies scored not long after the flurry of goals, giving the home side some insurance and ultimately a 5-3 victory.

Saint John dropped all three games of this Quebec trip and have now lost 11 straight road games. With the Val-d'Or Foreurs picking up a point on Saturday, the Sea Dogs now sit seven points back of the league's final spot with 12 games remaining in the regular season.

The Huskies led 2-0 after one and 4-0 after two on Saturday. Mathieu Boucher, Samuel Naud, Tommy Beaudoin and Alexis Arseneault all scored for Rouyn-Noranda.

The Sea Dogs began to turn things around at 6:26 of the third when Ben Reid scored to get Saint John on the board. Then at 7:09, Robbie Burt scored to make it 4-2 which was followed by an Ostap Safin goal 31 seconds later.

At 8:35, Justin Bergeron scored to put a stop to Saint John's momentum. That would make it a 5-3 final.

Rouyn-Noranda backup goaltender Zachary Emond made 17 saves in the win.

Matthew Williams had a very busy night in net, making 55 saves in the loss. The 60 shots faced and 55 saves made were both career highs.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Game Day 56: at Rouyn-Noranda

ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs play the final game of their Quebec road trip tonight against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

The Sea Dogs have lost the first two games of this trip - and 10 straight road games overall.

Saint John will be in tough this evening, facing a team that sits sixth overall in the league and is very good on home ice. Game time tonight is 8 p.m.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 13-32-8-2 for 36 points (6th Maritimes, 18th QMJHL) while the Huskies are 32-16-5-3 for 72 points (3rd West, 6th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss in Val-d'Or last night. Ostap Safin scored both Saint John goals while Alex D'Orio made 33 saves in the loss. The Huskies are coming off a 2-1 home loss to the Charlottetown Islanders last night. Peter Abbandonato scored Rouyn-Noranda's lone goal. Samuel Harvey made 35 saves in the loss.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Huskies this season while Rouyn-Noranda is 0-0-1-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 29 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Huskies 5-4 in overtime. Ostap Safin scored two Saint John goals while singles came from Anthony Boucher, Cole Reginato and Radim Salda. Peter Abbandonato, Tyler Hinam, Mathieu Boucher and Jacob Neveu scored for Rouyn-Noranda. Matthew Williams made 26 saves in the win. Samuel Harvey made 24 stops in the loss.