Saturday, October 10, 2015

GAME DAY 10: vs Armada

A preview of tonight’s game between the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and Saint John Sea Dogs…

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

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

Records: The Armada are fifth in the West Division and 12th overall in the QMJHL with a record of 4-3-2-0 for 10 points. The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes Division and eighth overall with a 6-3-0-0 record for 12 points.

Last games: The Armada are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss in Halifax on Thursday night. Philippe Sanche had two goals for Blainville-Boisbriand while Brendan Hamelin and Guillaume Bergeron-Charron added singles. Samuel Montembeault made 24 saves in the loss. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-1 win in Charlottetown last night. Mathieu Joseph, Spencer Smallman and Adam Marsh all scored for Saint John while Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 28 saves in the win.

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

Last meeting: Jan. 31 in Boisbriand where the Armada shutout the Sea Dogs 4-0. Philippe Sanche scored twice while singles came from Yvan Mongo and Danick Martel. Samuel Montembeault stopped all 21 shots he faced while Alex Bishop made 29 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Armada: None

Random stat/fact: Sea Dogs goaltender Marc-Antoine Turcotte recorded eight wins in 18 games played with the Armada last season. He has six victories in nine games with Saint John already this year.

RECAP: Sea Dogs Win 3-1

FINAL: Saint John 3, Charlottetown 1

By Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

CHARLOTTETOWN - The Saint John Sea Dogs travelled to Charlottetown to take on the Islanders on Friday night. In a contest between the third and fourth placed teams in the Maritimes Division, the Sea Dogs came out on top 3-1 to move into second.

The opening frame didn’t see any goals and very few scoring chances from both sides. Both teams combined for just 13 total shots with seven coming from the Islanders and six from the Sea Dogs.

The middle stanza got off to a much more interesting start after Matthew Highmore took a penalty for high-sticking just 10 seconds in. Mathieu Joseph used his speed to break in alone and bury one past Mason McDonald at the 1:08 mark, giving Saint John a 1-0 lead thanks to the shorthanded maker. On a power play later in the period, Filip Chlapik would even the game at 1-1 with a wrist shot that beat Marc-Antoine Turcotte. Saint John would tally the period’s final goal when Spencer Smallman tipped a point shot up and over McDonald with just 46 seconds left in the frame.

The third period saw a lot of back and forth action between the two evenly matched teams but it was the Sea Dogs who break the ice, taking a 3-1 lead when Adam Marsh used his potent wrist shot to beat McDonald at 7:04. Highmore would later think he scored on an empty net but Jakub Zboril had gone in offside. The Sea Dogs would hang on for the 3-1 victory and secure their third straight win.

Friday, October 9, 2015

GAMEDAY 9: 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: Eastlink TV/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are fourth in the Maritimes Division and 10th overall in the QMJHL with a 5-3-0-0 record for 10 points. The Islanders are third in the Maritimes and ninth overall with a record of 5-3-0-1 for 11 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes on Saturday at Harbour Station. Adam Marsh, Spencer Smallman, Sam Povorozniouk, Matt Green and Bokondji Imama all scored for the Sea Dogs while Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 31 saves in the win. The Islanders are coming off a 1-0 shootout loss in Rimouski on Sunday. Matthew Welsh made 39 saves in the loss and allowed just one shootout goal on six attempts.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown ins 0-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Sept. 25 at Eastlink Centre where the Sea Dogs defeated the Islanders 3-2. Mathieu Joseph, Luke Green and Daniel Del Paggio all scored for Saint John while Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 29 saves in the win. Oliver Cooper and Shawn Boudrias scored for Charlottetown while Darryl MacCallum made 32 stops in the loss.

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

Random fact/stat: Alexandre Goulet and Filip Chlapik combined for 12 goals and 24 points against Saint John last season.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NOTEBOOK: Dogs Back In Action

After defeating two of the league’s hottest teams last weekend, the Saint John Sea Dogs return to action tomorrow (Friday) night when they face the Islanders in Charlottetown at 7 p.m.

The Islanders, 5-3-0-1 on the season, are coming off a Quebec road trip last weekend where they won just one game. Charlottetown got off to a 4-0 start this year but were handed their first loss of the season by the Sea Dogs on Sept. 25 at Eastlink Centre.

Charlottetown remains without one of their best forwards in Daniel Sprong, who made the Pittsburgh Penguins’ season opening roster.

On Saturday, the Sea Dogs will host the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

Last weekend, goaltender Marc-Antoine Turcotte was named Saint John’s Irving Oil Player of the Month.

According to a team release, Turcotte “finished the month with three wins, a 2.49 goals-against average and a stellar .932 save percentage in six games played.”

Meanwhile, forward Joe Veleno, a St. Malachy's High School student, was named the Swagelok Student of the Month.
The Brunswickan has an article on former Sea Dogs captain Mike Thomas returning to UNB.

“I missed the game,” he told The Bruns about taking last year off from hockey. “I realized I missed the competitive spirit that playing for UNB had to offer, but I’m happy to be back and focused on winning a championship with a great group of guys.”

Thomas, who played with the V-Reds in 2013-14, will join the team after Christmas upon completing academic requirements.

The V-Reds, who finished second at the University Cup last season, open the regular season on Saturday at home against the UPEI Panthers.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NHL Season Begins Tonight

The 2015-16 NHL season begins tonight for one former Sea Dog.

Nathan Beaulieu and the Montreal Canadiens are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs this evening at 8 p.m., kicking off a new season of NHL play. The game will air nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

Beaulieu was paired with Tom Gilbert at the Habs’ morning practice, according to the team’s game day blog. In 64 games with Montreal last season, the 22-year-old defenseman recorded one goal and eight assists.

There will be plenty of other former Sea Dogs joining Beaulieu in the NHL this season, including Mike Hoffman, Charlie Coyle, Eric Gelinas, Tomas Jurco, Jonathan Huberdeau, Stanislav Galiev and Simon Despres. Galiev is the only one of the eight that wasn’t a regular in the NHL last season.

Tomorrow, Hoffman and the Ottawa Senators take on Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres at 8 p.m. That game can be seen on TSN5. Meanwhile, Coyle and the Minnesota Wild are in Colorado to take on the Avalanche. Coyle had an impressive seven assists in four pre-season games with the Wild.

On Friday, the Winnipeg Jets are in New Jersey to face Gelinas and the Devils. Friday will also feature the Maple Leafs in Detroit to take on Jurco and the Red Wings.

On Saturday, Huberdeau and the Florida Panthers open up the season at home against the Philadelphia Flyers. Saturday will also feature the Devils traveling to Washington to battle Galiev and the Capitals along with Despres and the Anaheim Ducks facing the San Jose Sharks.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Veleno Suspended One Game

According to the QMJHL website, Saint John Sea Dogs underage forward Joe Veleno has been given a one-game suspension for checking from behind.

The incident happened at 10:02 of the third period in Saint John’s 5-2 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes on Saturday at Harbour Station. As play was moving up ice, Veleno hit Shawinigan’s Samuel Girard along the side boards. Veleno was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for checking from behind.

Because play was moving up ice at the time, there was no video of the hit on the webcast, meaning video probably won’t pop up online.

Girard was not hurt on the play.

Veleno, the first player to be granted exceptional status in QMJHL history, has a very respectable one goal and five assists in eight games.

Saint John’s next game is on Friday night in Charlottetown.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation