Saturday, February 11, 2017
Game Day 52: vs Cataractes
TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live
Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-1 home win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs last night. Simon Bourque, David Comeau, Spencer Smallman and Joe Veleno all scored for Saint John. Alex D'Orio made 18 saves in the win. The Cataractes are coming off a rough outing in Bathurst last night, losing 8-2. Tommy Cardinal and Dennis Yan scored for Shawinigan. Mikhail Denisov was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots. Zachary Bouthillier allowed four goals on 12 shots in relief.
2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Cataractes this season while Shawinigan is 0-0-0-1 against Saint John.
Last meeting: Dec. 1 in Shawinigan where the Sea Dogs edged the Cataractes 3-2 in a shootout. Bokondji Imama scored both Saint John goals. Tommy Cardinal and Samuel Girard scored for Shawinigan. Alex Bishop made 24 saves in the win. Mikhail Denisov made 31 stops in the loss.
Ex-Sea Dogs on the Cataractes: None.
Random Stat: Bokondji Imama has been held pointless in his past three games. He is due.
Three Things to Know
1. The Sea Dogs carry a nine-game overall winning streak into tonight's contest. They've also won four straight home games.
2. Thomas Chabot will serve the second game of his two-game suspension tonight. He was suspended for a slewfooting incident during Wednesday's game in Bathurst.
3. Mathieu Joseph has points in 28 straight games entering this one. Meanwhile, Jakub Zboril has assists in seven straight.
Notes: The Sea Dogs are led by Matthew Highmore who has 74 points in 51 games... Bokondji Imama leads the team in goals with 32... Highmore has a team high 47 assists... Dennis Yan leads Shawinigan in scoring with 60 points... Yan has a team high 35 goals... Samuel Girard leads the team in assists with 50... Girard is third in the league in assists and leads all defencemen in scoring with 56 points... Mikhail Denisov has the second best GAA in the league with a rating of 2.51... Callum Booth has a league best .911 SV%... Simon Bouqrue is fifth in defencemen scoring with 44 points... the Sea Dogs are 6-0-1-0 against East Division teams... Saint John's power play is first in the league (31.6%) while Shawinigan's is fifth (25.1%)... the Sea Dogs have a league best penalty kill (84.8%) while the Cataractes' is third (81.3%)... Bourque has goals in three straight games.
Out of town:
Val-d'Or at Baie-Comeau - 4:00 PM EST
Moncton at Blainville-Boisbriand - 4:00 PM EST
Drummondville at Charlottetown - 7:00 PM AST
Québec at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EST
Next game: The Sea Dogs visit the Charlottetown Islanders on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.