Friday, March 3, 2017

Game Day 61: vs Oceanic

The Saint John Sea Dogs (41-13-5-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL) play a non-Maritimes Division team for the final time this regular season, hosting the Rimouski Oceanic (24-32-5-0, 5th East, 14th QMJHL) tonight at Harbour Station.

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

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-2 win over the Halifax Mooseheads on Wednesday at Harbour Station. Matthew Highmore, Julien Gauthier, Spencer Smallman and Bokondji Imama all scored for Saint John. Alex D'Orio made 27 saves in the win. The Oceanic are coming off a 3-0 loss in Charlottetown last night. Jimmy Lemay made 46 saves in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 1-0-0-0 against the Oceanic this season while Rimouski is 0-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Nov. 29 in Rimouski where the Sea Dogs edged the Oceanic 5-1. Bokondji Imama scored a pair of goals while Mathieu Joseph, Thomas Chabot and Oliver Felixson added singles. Hunter Moreau scored Rimouski's lone goal. Alex D'Orio made 28 saves in the win. Alexandre Lagace made 24 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Oceanic: Forward Nico Blachman and defenceman Vincent Martineau.

Random stat: Matthew Highmore is one assist away from tying Jonathan Huberdeau's franchise assist record. Spencer Smallman can tie Mike Thomas' franchise record for games played with an appearance tonight.

Three Things to Know
1. Thomas Chabot, Bailey Webster and Nathan Noel should all return to the Sea Dogs lineup tonight after serving suspensions.

2. Former Oceanic captain Simon Bourque will play his former team for the first time. The Sea Dogs acquired Bourque on Dec. 30 in exchange for prospect Vincent Martineau and draft picks.

3. This is the third game of seven straight home games for the Sea Dogs. They are 2-0 so far, posting back-to-back wins over the Halifax Mooseheads. Saint John is 20-6-3-0 at Harbour Station this year.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads the Sea Dogs in scoring with 82 points... Bokondji Imama has a team high 37 goals... Highmore leads the team in assists with 50... Tyler Boland leads the Oceanic and the entire league in scoring with 97 points... Boland is third in the league in goals with 43... Dylan Montcalm has the second most assists in the league with 56... Cole Reginato and Nico Blachman are tied for second in the QMJHL in major penalties this season with nine each... the Oceanic are 10-18-3-0 on the road... Saint John is 9-1-1-0 against East Division teams... the Oceanic are 2-8-0-0 against Maritimes Division teams... Chabot has assists in nine straight home games... Rimouski has lost four straight and are 2-7-1-0 in their past 10 games.

Out of town:
Halifax at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM AST
Gatineau at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EST
Moncton at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EST
Qu├ębec at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EST
Val-d'Or at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EST
Drummondville at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EST

Next game: The Sea Dogs host the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Sunday at 3 p.m.

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