Friday, January 19, 2018

Game Day 44: vs Titan

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs will look to end a six game losing streak tonight at Harbour Station.

The Sea Dogs are coming off a winless road trip through Quebec that saw them be outscored 18-4. Saint John will be underdogs again tonight, taking on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. But, as we've seen over the past decade of Sea Dogs-Titan games, you just never know what is going to happen.

Game time this evening is 7 p.m.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 11-24-6-2 for 30 points (6th Maritimes, 17th QMJHL) while the Titan are 23-13-6-2 for 54 points (2nd Maritimes, 7th QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off an 8-1 loss in Rimouski on Sunday. Radim Salda scored Saint John's lone goal. Alex D'Orio allowed four goals on 25 shots in 40 minutes of action while Matt Williams allowed four goals on 15 shots in the third period. The Titan are coming off a 4-1 win in Quebec City on Sunday. German Rubtsov scored twice while singles came from Jeffrey Truchon-Viel and Noah Dobson. Evan Fitzpatrick made 26 saves in the win.

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

Last meeting: Dec. 9 in Bathurst where the Titan defeated the Sea Dogs 5-2. Antoine Morand scored twice for Bathurst while singles came from Dawson Theede, German Rubtsov and Jeffrey Truchon-Viel. Cole Reginato and Ostap Safin scored for Saint John. Joseph Murdaca made 21 stops in the win and Matthew Williams made 30 saves in the loss.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tough stretch to continue

It has not been a fun stretch for the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Sea Dogs have lost six straight games overall and have not won in regulation time since Nov. 26. Saint John has picked up some wins since that November victory, but all were in extra time.

The results the Sea Dogs have been generating are not overly surprising given their current roster. But, things may seem a bit worse than they appear since the team has not had a very favourable schedule of late.

Saint John had its toughest road trip of the season last weekend, taking on three teams that could all have deep playoff runs. They lost 5-2 in Victoriaville, 5-1 in Boisbriand and 8-1 in Rimouski, being outscored 18-4 during the three-game stretch.

Prior to that weekend trip, the Sea Dogs played the Oceanic and the Halifax Mooseheads (the league's top team) on home ice. Saint John's next few games won't be much easier, either, with matches against Bathurst (two), Halifax (two) and Quebec.

Here's a look at Saint John's next five games:

Friday, Jan. 19 vs Bathurst (23-13-6-2, 54 points)
Saturday, Jan. 20 vs Quebec (24-16-3-2, 53 points)
Friday, Jan. 26 at Bathurst (23-13-6-2, 54 points)
Saturday, Jan. 27 at Halifax (29-10-5-1, 64 points)
Sunday, Jan. 27 at Halifax (29-10-5-1, 64 points)

The good news for Saint John: the team's February schedule features some easier opponents. It'll interesting to see how this team - and some players - perform when playing teams that are closer to them in the standings.

Saint John is currently 11-24-6-2, placing them 17th overall. They are one point up on 18th-place Shawinigan and six points back of 16th-place Chicoutimi.

Monday, January 15, 2018

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 8-1

FINAL: Saint John 1, Rimouski 8
RIMOUSKI, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs' rough road trip came to a rough end on Sunday.

The Sea Dogs were hammered 8-1 by the Rimouski Oceanic, giving Saint John their third loss on this three-game road trip through Quebec. The Dogs have now lose six straight overall.

Saint John was outscored 18-4 during this road trek, which saw the club play three of the league's top teams - Victoriaville, Blainville-Boisbriand and Rimouski - over a four-day span. Saint John's schedule doesn't get much easier over the next couple weeks with upcoming games against Bathurst, Quebec and Halifax.

Former Sea Dogs forward Samuel Dove-McFalls - who had three assists in a game against his former club just a couple weeks ago - recorded a hat trick on Sunday. Denis Mikhnin also had three goals while singles came from Alexis Lafreniere and Mathieu Bizier. Colten Ellis made 22 saves in the win.

Saint John's lone goal came in the first period from Radim Salda, a goal that tied the game at 1-1 for a short period.

The Oceanic led 2-1 after 20 minutes but a couple late second period goals and early third period goals by Rimouski gave the the homeside more than enough to get the victory.

Alex D'Orio allowed four goals on 25 shots through the first two periods. Matt Williams allowed four goals on 15 shots in the third period.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Game Day 43: at Rimouski

RIMOUSKI, Que. - The Saint John Sea Dogs' three-game road trip comes to a close this afternoon in Rimouski.

The Sea Dogs have had a rough go so far on this trip, losing 5-2 in Victoriaville on Thursday and 5-1 in Boisbriand on Friday.

Puck drop is 4 p.m. this afternoon.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 11-23-6-2 for 30 points (6th Maritimes, 17th QMJHL) while the Oceanic are 27-11-4-0 for 58 points (1st East, 3rd QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-1 loss to the Armada in Boisbriand on Friday. Nick Deakin-Poot scored Saint John's lone goal. Alex D'Orio made 36 saves in the loss. The Oceanic are coming off a wild 8-6 home win over the last-place Shawinigan Cataractes last night. Ludovic Soucy, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Mathieu Bizier, Mathieu Nadeau, Dmitry Zavgorodniy, Alex-Olivier Voyer, Carson MacKinnon and Denis Mikhnin all scored. Jimmy Lemay allowed two goals on seven shots before being pulled. Colten Ellis made 21 saves in relief.

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

Last meeting: Jan. 3 at Harbour Station where the Oceanic defeated the Sea Dogs 6-1. Alexis Lafreniere scored twice for Rimouski while singles came from Charle-Edouard D'Astous, Yannik Bertrand, Parker Bowman and Carson MacKinnon. Kevin Gursoy scored Saint John's lone goal. Colten Ellis made 34 saves in the win. Alex D'Orio made 25 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Oceanic: Forward Samuel Dove-McFalls and defencemen Chase Stewart.

Friday, January 12, 2018

RECAP: Sea Dogs lose 5-1

FINAL: Saint John 1, Blainville-Boisbriand 5
BOISBRIAND, Que. - The St. John's Fog Devils Montreal Junior Blainville-Boisbriand Armada had little trouble with the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday night.

The Sea Dogs recorded just 12 shots on goal - tying a franchise recorded for fewest shots in one game - in a 5-1 loss to the Armada at the arena-with-a-really-long-name.

The result wasn't overly surprising as the Sea Dogs and Armada sit on opposite ends of the QMJHL standings. Plus, Team Canada forward Drake Batherson was making his Boisbriand debut, playing on a loaded top line withe Alex Barre-Boulet and Alexandre Alain.

Barre-Boulet, the league's leading scorer, had two goals on Friday while Maxime Collin netted a hat trick.

The Armada led 3-0 after one. After jumping out to a three-goal lead, Boisbriand seemed to take their foot off the pedal just a bit and didn't press as hard. The result was never really in question.

Nick Deakin-Poot scored Saint John's lone goal - a weird third period goal that was banked off Armada netminder Emile Samson and in.

Samson made 11 saves in the win while Alex D'Orio made 36 stops in the loss.

Game Day 42: at Blainville-Boisbriand

BOISBRIAND, Que. - A 2017 President Cup final rematch takes place tonight at the arena-with-a-really-long-name.

The Saint John Sea Dogs will play the second match of a three-game road trip this evening against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. The Sea Dogs began their road trip with a 5-2 loss in Victoriaville last night.

Game time this evening is 8:30 p.m.

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

Records: The Sea Dogs are 11-22-6-2 for 30 points (6th Maritimes, 17th QMJHL) while the Armada are 27-9-2-1 for 57 points (1st West, 2nd QMJHL).

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-2 loss in Victoriaville last night. Cole Reginato and Ben Reid scored for Saint John while Matt Williams made 33 saves in the loss. The Armada are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss in Rimouski on Wednesday. Alex Barre-Boulet and Alexandre Alain scored for the Armada. Mikhail Denisov made 20 stops in the loss.

2017-18 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-0 against the Armada this season while Blainville-Boisbriand is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 7 at Harbour Station where the Armada pounded the Sea Dogs 8-1. Alexander Katerinakis scored two goals for Blainville-Boisbriand while singles came from Ryan DaSilva, Anthony Poulin, Connor Bramwell, Jan Hladonik, Thomas Ethier and Charles-Antoine Giguère. Saint John's lone goal came from Daniel Hardie. Emile Samson made 27 saves in the win. Alex D'Orio was pulled after allowing five goals on 15 shots. Matt Williams allowed four goals on 19 shots in relief.