Sunday, November 23, 2014

RECAP: Sea Dogs Lose 3-2 (OT)

FINAL: Charlottetown 3, Saint John 2 (OT)

SAINT JOHN – Spenser Cobbold’s goal 3:08 into overtime gave the Charlottetown Islanders a 3-2 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs on Saturday night at Harbour Station.

Charlottetown has now won four straight games and improved their record to 13-11-1-1 on the season. Meanwhile, Saint John fell to 15-5-1-3 on the year. The Sea Dogs are still, however, undefeated in regulation time on home ice.

Fredericton natives Luc Deschenes and Oliver Cooper had regulation time goals for Charlottetown. Mason McDonald made 31 saves in the win.

Thomas Chabot and Matthew Highmore scored for Saint John. Sebastien Auger made 24 saves in the loss.

Deschenes opened the scoring at 12:29 of the first period. The Islanders outshot the Sea Dogs 12-11 in the opening frame.

In the second, Cooper gave the Isles a 2-0 lead at 2:49 on the power play. Saint John would storm back though. Less than two minutes after Cooper’s goal, Chabot and Highmore each scored to even things up at 2-2. Shots were 13-9 Sea Dogs in the second stanza.

After a scoreless third period, Cobbold netted the overtime winner to give Charlottetown a 3-2 win. Final shots on goal were 33-27 in favour of the Isles.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

GAMEDAY 24: vs Islanders

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

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

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 record of 15-5-0-3 for 33 points. The Islanders are third in the Maritimes Division and 12th overall with a 12-11-1-1 record for 26 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-2 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes last night at Harbour Station. Samuel Dove-McFalls scored twice while singles came from Justice Dundas and Matthew Highmore. Sebastien Auger made 32 saves in the win. The Islanders are coming off a 5-1 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Sunday at Eastlink Centre. Filip Chlapik had a hat trick while singles came from Daniel Sprong and Alexandre Goulet. Mason McDonald made 23 saves in the win.

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

Last meeting: Oct. 12 at Harbour Station when the Sea Dogs defeated the Islanders 4-1. Justice Dundas had two goals with solo markers coming from Adam Marsh and Spencer Smallman. Daniel Sprong had Charlottetown’s only goal. Sebastien Auger made 35 saves in the win while Mason McDonald made 31 in the loss.

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

Random stat: Cooper has three goals and seven assists in 22 games with the Islanders this season.

Plenty Of Dogs On Draft Radar

The Sea Dogs are continuing to draw lots of attention for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Five Sea Dogs were listed in NHL Central Scouting’s latest rankings. Defenseman Jakub Zboril was the highest ranked of the five, receiving an ‘A’ rating – otherwise known as a projected first rounder.

‘B’ ratings were given to defenseman Thomas Chabot and forwards Nathan Noel and Adam Marsh. The rating indicates a projected second or third rounder.

Lastly, Samuel Dove-McFalls was given a ‘C’ rating, meaning he is a projected fourth, fifth or sixth rounder.

Meanwhile, Zboril was ranked 17th in Sportsnet’s latest rankings. He was ranked 25th earlier in the year. Chabot and Marsh were honourable mentions in those rankings.

Some other news and notes…
  • The Sea Dogs are holding a cereal drive before tonight’s game in support of Partners Assisting Local Schools - the PALS program. Fans are asked to bring a new box of cereal or breakfast bars to the game. Donations can be dropped off inside the main doors of the concourse at Harbour Station. The only request is that the cereal be healthy and nutritious. All donations will be distributed to breakfast programs at PALS schools in Saint John.
  • Tonight is also Minor Hockey Night. The Sea Dogs are offering special group ticket prices for minor hockey teams in the region. Please contact Shanna Hopkins, Manager of Business Development, at 632-8159.
  • Luke Green will not be in Saint John’s lineup again tonight. He received a two game suspension for a cross checking game misconduct and major penalty he received last Saturday in Baie-Comeau.
  • With an assist last night, Thomas Chabot ended a four-game pointless streak. It was the longest stretch that he has been held pointless this season.
  • CHL teams without a home loss in regulation time: Saint John (9-0-0-2), Ottawa (6-0-1-0) and Kelowna (9-0-1-0).
  • The Chicago Tribune – yes, the Chicago Tribune – has a great article on Adam Marsh, his move to Canada and playing junior hockey in general. Really great read.
  • has released their rankings of the top 25 Atlantic Canadians available for the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft. The first five can be viewed for free. Centre Shane Bowers of the Halifax McDonalds was ranked first.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Friday, November 21, 2014

RECAP: Sea Dogs Win 4-2

FINAL: Shawinigan 2, Saint John 4

SAINT JOHN – Playing their first home game in weeks, the Saint John Sea Dogs picked things up right where they left off.

Samuel Dove-McFalls led the way with a pair of goals in Saint John’s 4-2 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday night at Harbour Station. The victory improved the Sea Dogs’ home record to an impressive 9-0-0-2 this season.

Justice Dundas and Matthew Highmore also scored for Saint John. Sebastien Auger made 32 saves in the win.

Shawinigan goals came from Giovanni Fiore and Alexis D’Aoust. Marvin Cupper made 31 saves in the loss.

Shawinigan opened the scoring at 10:14 of the first period as Giovanni connected. The Sea Dogs responded fairly quickly though as Dundas netted his 10th of the season at 14:35. Shots were 12-9 in favour of the Cataractes.

Fast-forward to the final minute of the second during a Sea Dogs power play, a Thomas Chabot shot went off the post and Dove-McFalls put in the rebound to give Saint John their first lead of the night. Shots were 15-10 in favour of the Dogs in the second.

46 seconds into the third and on another power play, Dove-McFalls put in his own rebound to make it a 3-1 game. Highmore scored just under a minute later to give Saint John a commanding 4-1 advantage.

D’Aoust scored the final goal of the game at 9:13, making it a 4-2 final. Shots were 12-11 in favour of the Cataractes in the third.

Sea Dogs Acquire Armstrong's Rights

Not many details have been released yet, but the Sea Dogs have acquired forward Jamie Armstrong from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in exchange for a 2016 fourth round draft pick.

Armstrong, a 16-year-old from Rhode Island, was a sixth round draft pick of the Titan in this past summer’s QMJHL Entry Draft.

He is committed to Northeastern University for the 2016-17 season. Will he report to Saint John?
We shall see.

UPDATE: A couple notes from the Sea Dogs’ press release…

Armstrong, 16, is listed at 6'2", 190 lbs. The Warwick, Rhode Island, native is about to begin his season at Avon Old Farms Prep School in Connecticut.

"Jamie is a big, strong, power forward who can score, compete hard for loose pucks, and play a solid, 200-foot game," said Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young. "We see him as one of the top 1998 U.S.-born prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft. He has been well-schooled in the game by his father.

"He has a college commitment, but we wanted his rights in case he changed his mind and focus."

GAMEDAY 23: vs Cataractes

A preview of tonight’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Shawinigan Cataractes…

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

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are tied for first in the Maritimes Division, are fifth overall in the QMJHL and are ranked sixth in the CHL Top 10 with a record of 14-5-0-3 for 31 points. The Cataractes are fifth in the East Division and ninth overall with a record of 12-10-1-1 for 26 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-1 loss in Baie-Comeau on Saturday. Samuel Dove-McFalls had Saint John’s only goal while Bobby Dugan made 20 saves in the loss. The Cataractes are coming off a 7-4 loss in Val-d’Or on Saturday. Olivier Caouette had two goals for Shawinigan while singles came from James Phelan and Dennis Yan. Antoine Samuel made 29 saves in the loss.

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

Last meeting: February 20 at Harbour Station when the Sea Dogs fell 3-1 to the Cataractes. Alexis D’Aoust, Alex Pawelczyk and Alexandre Delisle-Houde scored for Shawinigan while Oliver Cooper had Saint John’s only goal. Marvin Cupper made 26 saves in the win while Sebastien Auger made 35 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Cataractes: None

Random stat: This is Saint John’s first home game since Nov. 1.