Friday, October 21, 2016

Game Day 12: vs Foreurs

The Saint John Sea Dogs (7-3-1-0, 2nd Maritimes, 4th QMJHL) host the Val-d’Or Foreurs (5-6-0-0, 5th West, 14th QMJHL) tonight on Pink in the Rink night at Harbour Station. Game time is 7 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-1 loss at home to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Wednesday. Mathieu Joseph scored Saint John’s lone goal while Alex Bishop made 25 saves in the loss. The Foreurs are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Sea Dogs at home last Saturday. Mathieu Joseph scored twice for Saint John while singles came from Jakub Zboril and Spencer Smallman. Val-d’Or goals came from Ivan Kozlov and Julien Gauthier. Alex D’Orio made 18 saves in the win while Etienne Montpetit made 38 stops in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Foreurs this season while Val-d’Or is 0-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Last Saturday at the Air Creebec Centre where the Sea Dogs defeated the Foreurs 4-2. Mathieu Joseph scored twice for Saint John while singles came from Jakub Zboril and Spencer Smallman. Val-d’Or goals came from Ivan Kozlov and Julien Gauthier. Alex D’Orio made 18 saves in the win while Etienne Montpetit made 38 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Foreurs: Defencemen Jason Bell and Jack vanBoekel along with forward Adam Marsh.

Random stat: Matthew Highmore is currently fourth in the league in scoring with six goals and 17 points in 11 games.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 3-1

FINAL: Bathurst 3, Saint John 1
By Lorne Webster | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN – Upon returning home after an 11-day, nine-out-of-10-point road trip through Quebec, the Saint John Sea Dogs suffered a tough 3-1 loss to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan Wednesday evening at Harbour Station.

Jordan Maher potted a pair of goals and Jeffrey Truchon-Viel added an empty net insurance marker for the visitors. Mathieu Joseph was the lone Sea Dog to score in this contest.

It was a good ol' fashion goaltending battle at the Station with Reilly Pickard producing a 37 save masterpiece for the Titan while Sea Dogs backstop Alex Bishop had a stellar 25 save performance.

The notes…

  • The Sea Dogs appeared to be a tad flat after their long road trip in a scoreless first period. Pickard made a highlight reel save off a Matthew Highmore one-timer during a power play late in the opening frame.
  • Joseph scored the first goal of the night - while on a power play - when he corralled a loose puck in the slot off a scramble and fired a hard wrist shot over a fallen Pickard at 14:33 of the second.
  • Maher responded at 18:28 of the second - while skating 4-on-4 - when he fired a laser past Bishop's mask and just inside the cross bar to tie the game 1-1.
  • At 1:34 of the third, a turnover deep in the Sea Dogs zone went directly to Maher in the left face-off circle. The Titan forward then one-timed the puck just inside the short side post to give Bathurst a 2-1 lead.
  • With just under six minutes remaining in the third, Pickard made another highlight reel save - and potential game saver - this time a beautiful sliding butterfly toe save off a Cedric Pare blast from the slot off a two-on-one break.
  • Saint John applied tons of pressure in the final minutes but were unable to beat Pickard and the Titan's five men in the box defence. A blocked shot ultimately led to a breakout and an empty net goal by Truchon-Viel with 39.5 seconds remaining.
  • Following the game, Sea Dogs radio play-by-play man Tim Roszell indicated that a flu bug from the recent road trip to Quebec adversely affected a number of Sea Dogs and it forced star defenceman Jakub Zboril to sit this game out. However, the Titan deserve full marks for a gritty road game performance against their provincial and division rivals. The Titan seem to bring their 'A' game to Saint John each and every time they travel to the Port City.
  • Word out of Ottawa today was that Thomas Chabot looked quite good in his NHL regular season debut with the Senators, in somewhat limited action, on Tuesday. However, the Senators' coaching staff expect him to learn a few valuable lessons from turnovers which led to goals against. The debate - at least amongst the Sea Dogs faithful - is if or when Chabot could be returned to Saint John for continued development under the tutelage of Paul “Boots'” Boutilier.
  • While the Sea Dogs have not issued an official statement, it appears defenceman Gabriel Bettez was released from the 25-man roster to open up a spot for forward Landon Quinney.

Game Day 11: vs Titan

The Saint John Sea Dogs (7-2-1-0, third overall QMJHL, first Maritimes Division) return to Harbour Station tonight, hosting the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (4-4-1-1, 12th overall QMJHL, 5th Maritimes) at 7 p.m.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-2 win in Val-d’Or on Saturday. Mathieu Joseph scored twice while singles came from Jakub Zboril and Spencer Smallman. Alex D’Orio made 18 saves in the win. The Titan are coming off a 5-3 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Sunday in Bathurst. Dawson Theede scored twice while Jonathan Bourcier also netted a goal. Reilly Pickard made 32 saves in the win.

2016-17 head-to-head: Surprisingly, this is the first meeting of the season between the two.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 6-1-2-0 against the Titan last season while Bathurst went 3-5-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: These two met a few times during the pre-season, with the last being a 7-3 Sea Dogs win on Aug. 28 at Harbour Station. Zach Grzelewski scored twice while singles came from Samuel Dove-McFalls, John Warren, Matthew Highmore, Joe Veleno and Oliver Felixson. Bathurst had two goals from Daniil Miromanov and a single from Vladimir Kuznetsov. Alex Bishop and Matthew Williams picked up the win in net. Tanner Somers picked up the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: Forward Dawson Theede.

Random stat: Matthew Highmore is third in the league in scoring with six goals and 11 assists for 17 points. Rimouski’s Tyler Boland leads the league in scoring with 18 points.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Chabot to make NHL debut tonight

Saint John Sea Dogs defenceman Thomas Chabot is expected to make his NHL debut tonight.

Chabot is listed as the seventh defencemen for the Ottawa Senators, who will take on the Arizona Coyotes at 8:30 p.m. at Canadian Tire Centre. The game can be seen on TSN5.
Chabot has been with the Senators all season but has not played in any of the club's previous three games.

“It’s something special for me and my family,” Chabot told the Ottawa Citizen. “Since I was five years old I’ve been saying I want to play in the NHL one day and tonight I have the chance to play my first game so it’s something special.”

Former Sea Dogs forward Mike Hoffman will be in the Ottawa lineup as well, playing on the team's top line.

According to the Sea Dogs website, Chabot "will become the 12th player – and sixth defenceman – in Sea Dogs history to play in an NHL regular season game."

Four former Sea Dogs have played in the NHL already this season - Hoffman, Charlie Coyle, Nathan Beaulieu and Simon Despres. Check out how they've performed here.

Alumdate: Sea Dogs in the NHL

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By Lorne Webster | SN Staff

Today we take a look at the former Sea Dogs who are currently playing hockey in the top three professional leagues in North America this season. In an upcoming report, Station Nation will review Sea Dogs alumni playing in various professional leagues overseas.

In the show
Nathan Beaulieu is learning the ropes in the hockey-crazed market of Montreal. Early in training camp, reports began to circulate that - on the heels of the mega trade of PK Subban to Nashville for Shea Weber - Canadiens' GM Marc Bergevin had received multiple trade offers for Beaulieu. However, hard work and a strong pre-season propelled Beaulieu into a top-pairing assignment with Weber. The budding defenceman has continued his strong play into the regular season - as witnessed by an assist and a +5 rating in the Canadiens first two games. 

During the pre-season, Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau shifted Charlie Coyle between center and the wing. But coach Boudreau has decided to keep Coyle and his 6-foot-3, 218-pound frame on the wing. 'Sir Charles' had a career-high 21 goals and 42 points in 2015-16 and has a goal and an assist in two games played this year.

Despite being held pointless in Ottawa's first two regular season games, Mike Hoffman is a threat to score virtually every time he is on the ice. Reports from NHL analysts have suggested that Hoffman may be among the top five shooters in the NHL due to his uncanny ability to unload an extremely hard shot while in full flight.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

RECAP: Sea Dogs win 4-2

FINAL: Saint John 4, Val-d’Or 2
By Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

VAL-D’OR – The Saint John Sea Dogs’ five-game, 11 day Quebec road trip ended on a winning note on Saturday.

The Sea Dogs brought forth another excellent effort in Val-d’Or, coming from behind twice to defeat the Foreurs by a score of 4-2. The win gives the Sea Dogs nine of a possible 10 points on their road trip.

Goal scorers for the Sea Dogs were Mathieu Joseph (two), Jakub Zboril, and Spencer Smallman. Alex D’Orio remains undefeated in his QMJHL career, improving to 3-0-0 after stopping 18 of the 20 shots he faced.

Julien Gauthier and Ivan Kozlov were the goal scorers for the Foreurs while Etienne Montpetit was excellent in net, stopping 39 of 42 shots.

To the notes…
  • The Foreurs opened the scoring at 10:45 of the first when Kozlov got a piece of a point shot that squeaked through D’Orio.
  • The Sea Dogs would get their first goal of the game off the stick of Joseph at 6:56 of the second period. Joseph skated in shorthanded and fired a bullet past Montpetit, knotting the game at 1-1.
  • Later in the period, Cole Reginato would take a double minor for high sticking and Julien Gauthier made the Sea Dogs pay. Gauthier hammered home a one-time shot five-hole on D’Orio at 9:32, making it 2-1 Val-d’Or.
  • The Sea Dogs returned the favour with a power play marker of their own at 18:33. Zboril unloaded a point shot that just managed to find it’s way through Montpetit, squaring things up 2-2 just before the period came to an end.
  • Smallman would give the Sea Dogs their first lead of the night at 6:31 of the final period. A loose puck squirted into the slot where Smallman snapped it by Montpetit, giving the Sea Dogs a 3-2 edge.
  • Joseph secured the victory by poking a puck past a Val-d’Or defender and into an empty net at 19:43 of the third.
  • Gauthier celebrated his 19th birthday with his first goal of the season.
  • Matthew Highmore’s three point night gives him 175 as a Sea Dog, tying him for sixth all-time with Tomas Jurco.
  • Smallman picked up two points, giving him 153 in his Sea Dogs career and passing Nathan Beaulieu for 10th all time.
  • Bailey Webster picked up his first point of the season by assisting on Joseph’s empty net goal.
  • Highmore won an impressive 21 of 27 faceoffs (77.8%).
  • The two points moves the Sea Dogs into a first place tie for top spot in the league with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.