Friday, March 17, 2017

Game Day 67: at Charlottetown

The Saint John Sea Dogs (47-13-5-1, 1st Maritimes, 1st QMJHL, 1st CHL) carry an eight-game winning streak into tonight's road game against the Charlottetown Islanders (45-17-4-0, 2nd Maritimes, 4th QMJHL, 7th CHL). 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 5-0 win in Moncton on Wednesday night. Spencer Smallman scored twice while singles came from Chase Stewart, Mathieu Joseph and Matthew Highmore. Callum Booth made 27 saves in the shutout win. The Islanders are coming off a 6-5 overtime loss in Halifax on Wednesday. Alex Dostie had a pair of goals with solo markers coming from Filip Chlapik, Kameron Kielly and Francois Beauchemin. Mark Grametbauer made 33 saves in the loss.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 6-1-1-0 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 2-6-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: March 10 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Islanders 5-1. Spencer Smallman had a pair of goals while singles came from Mathieu Joseph, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Julien Gauthier. Alex Dostie scored Charlottetown's lone goal. Callum Booth made 27 saves in the win. Matthew Welsh made 28 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Islanders: Forward Adam Marsh.

Random stat: The Sea Dogs have earned points in 14 straight games (12-0-2-0).

Three Things to Know
1. Tonight's game at Eastlink Centre is sold out.
2. The Sea Dogs, who have already clinched first overall in the league standings, have recently recalled forwards Isiah Campbell and Matthew Pietroniro from the Lac St-Louis Lions and defenceman Ian Smallwood from the Woodstock Slammers.

3. Despite being locked into fourth overall, the Islanders said earlier this week that they plan to dress regular lineups for their final few regular season games.

Notes: Matthew Highmore leads Saint John in scoring with 89 points... Bokondji Imama has scored a team high 38 goals... Highmore leads the team in assists with 55... Francois Beauchemin leads Charlottetown in scoring with 96 points and goals with 44... Filip Chlapik has recorded a team high 55 assists... the Islanders are 24-6-2-0 at home this season... the Sea Dogs are 22-7-2-1 on the road... Carl Neill is second in QMJHL defenceman scoring with 65 points... Simon Bourque is fifth in d-man scoring with 56 points... Saint John has the league's best power play (30.3%) while Charlottetown's is second (26%)... the Isles are averaging a league high 4.43 goals per game. The Dogs are averaging the second most with 4.25... Spencer Smallman has goals in four straight games and points in eight straight... Bourque has assists in five straight games... Thomas Chabot has points in six straight... Daniel Sprong has goals in four straight home games... Julien Gauthier has points in six straight road games.

Out of town:
Cape Breton at Halifax - 7:00 PM ADT
Acadie-Bathurst at Moncton - 7:00 PM ADT
Val-d'Or at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EDT
Rouyn-Noranda at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:30 PM EDT
Baie-Comeau at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EDT
Drummondville at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EDT
Qu├ębec at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EDT
Sherbrooke at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EDT

Next game: The Sea Dogs play their final game of the regular season on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Halifax.

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