The Saint John Sea Dogs (0-4-0-0) will be looking to pick up their first victory of the pre-season tonight at Harbour Station when they host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (3-1-0-0) at 7 p.m.
Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-2 loss in Bathurst on Wednesday night. Olivier Mathieu and John Warren scored for Saint John. Matthew Williams and Alex D’Orio split net duties. The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 4-0 win over the Halifax Mooseheads on Wednesday. Logan O’Neil had a pair of goals while singles came from Yannik Bertrand and Vasily Glotov. Kevin Mandolese and Colten Ellis spilt the win in net.
2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 6-3-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles last season while Cape Breton went 3-5-0-1 against Saint John.
Last meeting: April 19 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Screaming Eagles 6-2 in Game 7 of the second round of the QMJHL playoffs. Nathan Noel had a pair of goals while singles came from Matt Murphy, Daniel Del Paggio, Sam Povorozniouk and Jakub Zboril. Cape Breton goals came from Michael Joly and Evgeny Svechnikov. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 29 saves in the win. Alexandre Belanger made 24 saves in the loss.
Three things to Know
1. Olivier Mathieu, Saint John’s top pick in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft, leads the team in pre-season scoring with three goals in four games.
2. Logan O’Neil leads Cape Breton in scoring with five goals and seven points in four games. O’Neil was an eighth-round pick of the Eagles in the 2015 draft.
3. Cape Breton drafted goaltender Kevin Mandolese with their first round pick – 13th overall. He’s allowed two goals against on 42 shots in 93:01 of play this pre-season.