Wednesday, February 10, 2016

RECAP: Sea Dogs Win 7-2

FINAL: Charlottetown 2, Saint John 7

By Lorne Webster | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN - Two of the QMJHL's hottest teams met at Harbour Station Wednesday evening and the Saint John Sea Dogs came away with a convincing 7-2 win over division rivals, the Charlottetown Islanders.     

The win allowed the Sea Dogs to move two points clear of Moncton for first in the Maritimes Division - with two games still in hand. It was also Saint John's sixth win in seven contests against Charlottetown this season.

Adam Marsh with a pair, Sam Povorozniouk, Joe Veleno, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Mathieu Joseph and Nathan Noel scored for Saint John. Bradley Kennedy replied with a pair for Charlottetown.  

1st Period
Kennedy opened the scoring at 8:11 when he converted on a turnover with a quick backhand through Alex Bishop's legs. Saint John outshot Charlottetown 12-7 in the first period but the Sea Dogs were unable to get a shot past Mason McDonald. 

2nd Period
Just 32 seconds into a wild second period, McDonald made the save of the game when he robbed Povorozniouk with a diving glove stop. At 4:37, Marsh broke down the left wing and unloaded a rocket that beat McDonald low short side. A minute later, Povorozniouk jammed in the rebound of a Noel shot to give the Sea Dogs the lead at 2-1. A short while later, Marsh rang another wrist shot off the crossbar but it stayed out. Kennedy would tie the game at 7:34 when he finished off a nice three-way passing play with a tap in past Bishop. Veleno put the Sea Dogs back in front at 9:56 with a hard wrist shot from the high slot to the top shelf.  Dove-McFalls extended the lead to 4-2 - just over three minutes later - with a long shot, which eluded a screened McDonald. After Dove-McFalls’ goal, Islanders coach Jim Hulton decided to replace McDonald in goal with rookie Matthew Welsh.  
   
3rd Period
3:35 into the third, Marsh's "pro shot" was on display once again when he unleashed another rocket past Welsh on the short side. At 6:44, Daniel Sprong's stick exploded - during an attempted clearing pass - and the puck went to Joseph, who walked into the slot and sent a laser over Welsh's shoulder to make it 6-2. On a power play at 8:19, Noel joined the goal parade with another top shelf effort to set the final score at 7-2.

GAME DAY 51: vs Islanders

The Saint John Sea Dogs (32-14-4-0, 68 points, 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) continue their homestand tonight at 7 p.m. against the Charlottetown Islanders (23-23-5-2, 53 points, 4th Maritimes, 12th QMJHL).

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

Last games: The Islanders are coming off a 6-4 win over the Halifax Mooseheads on Sunday in Charlottetown. Alexis Vanier and Jake Coughler each had two goals while singles came from Kameron Kielly and Filip Rydstrom. Matthew Welsh made 32 saves in the victory. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Victoriaville Tigres on Saturday at Harbour Station. Mathieu Joseph scored twice while Nathan Noel and Luke Green also scored. Alex Bishop made 17 saves through 40 minutes of action. Matthew Williams made five saves in the third period.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 5-0-1-0 against the Islanders this season while Charlottetown is 1-4-1-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Jan. 21 in Charlottetown where the Islanders defeated the Sea Dogs 5-4 in overtime. Samuel Blais scored twice for Charlottetown while Will Thompson, Bradley Kennedy and Filip Chlapik also scored. Saint John had a pair of goals from Matthew Highmore and singles from Nathan Noel and Sam Povorozniouk. Mason McDonald made 45 saves in the win. Marc-Antoine Turcotte was pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots. Alex Bishop made 16 saves in relief.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Islanders: Forward Oliver Cooper and defenseman Will Thompson.

Player to watch: After recording five goals and 12 points in 28 games with Gatineau in the first half, Jake Coughler has scored 12 goals and 15 points in just 14 games with the Islanders.

Three Things to Know
1. The Sea Dogs are coming off their first regulation time loss since Dec. 17. Saint John had picked up points in 15 straight games before Saturday’s loss to Victoriaville.

2. The Islanders have picked up steam as of late, winning two straight and seven of their last 10.

3. Nathan Noel is on a 16-game point streak while Matthew Highmore and Sam Povorozniouk have points in 11 straight.

Monday, February 8, 2016

HockeyProspect.com Releases New Rankings


MacDonald currently sits sixth in NB/PEI Major Midget Hockey League scoring with 18 goals and 36 points in 26 games with the Vito’s this season. The 15-year-old Quispamsis native is in his second season with the club.

Leading the rankings was Gatineau forward Benoit-Olivier Groulx. Cole Harbour defenseman Jared McIsaac was ranked second while Jonquiere goaltender Olivier Rodrigue was third.

HockeyProspect.com’s top 10 can be seen for free on their website.

The Sea Dogs have Charlottetown’s first round pick in this year’s draft. If the draft were held today, that selection would be seventh overall.

Meanwhile, in Bob McKenzie’s mid-season NHL Draft rankings, Sea Dogs defenseman Luke Green was ranked 50th overall.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

RECAP: Sea Dogs Lose 5-4

FINAL: Victoriaville 5, Saint John 4

By Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs had their 15-game point streak come to an end on Saturday night at Harbour Station, falling 5-4 to the Victoriaville Tigres.

The Sea Dogs were down 4-1 after two periods but stormed back to tie it at 4-4 in the third. But with 1:40 left, Vincent Lanoue scored what proved to be the game-winner.

Despite lots of end-to-end action, it took until the 14:37 mark of the opening period for Marc Beckstead to open the scoring, beating Alex Bishop on a breakaway chance. James Phelan then took a frustration penalty, slashing Jakub Zboril at 16:38, and the Sea Dogs would make them pay when Mathieu Joseph tied the game with his 26th of the season, banking it off a Tigres defender.

The second period resembled the first period with plenty of back and forth action early on with the majority of the pressure coming from the Sea Dogs. Once again it was the Tigres striking first in the period with Mario Huber beating Bishop to give the Tigres a 2-1 lead at 7:23. Later in the frame, the Sea Dogs thought they scored when Joseph beat Olivier Tremblay but the goal was waved off due to goaltender interference. The Tigres would score on the subsequent power play with the goal coming from Mathieu Ayotte at 16:01. The goals would continue for the Tigres with Alexandre Goulet getting in on the action, beating Bishop and giving the Tigres a 4-1 lead heading into the third period. 

With Matthew Williams now in net for Saint John, the Sea Dogs would mount a comeback beginning with Luke Green scoring a highlight reel goal at 12:52, making it 4-2. Joseph would get the Dogs within one on what could have been his third of the game at 15:06. Then at 15:59, Saint John would complete the comeback with Nathan Noel beating Tremblay to tie the game at 4-4. The comeback was all for not though as Lanoue would net the winner with just 1:40 left in the contest, giving the Tigres a 5-4 win.

March Gets Even Busier

Friday’s postponed Sea Dogs-Titan game will be made up on March 1 at Harbour Station.
The move turns an already busy March into an even busier one for the Sea Dogs. The team will now play 10 games in a span of 19 days during the month – half of which will be on the road.

The March 1 game will be the first of three meetings between the Sea Dogs and Titan in March. There’s a chance the two could meet in the first round of the playoffs.

GAME DAY 50: vs Tigres

After having last night’s game snowed out, the Saint John Sea Dogs (32-13-4-0, 68 points, 1st Maritimes, 3rd QMJHL) are back in action tonight when they host the Victoriaville Tigres (24-19-3-4, 55 points, 3rd East, 9th QMJHL) at 7 p.m.

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

Last games: The Tigres are coming off a 5-4 overtime victory in Moncton last night. Maxime Comtois, Bradley Lalonde, Pascal Laberge, Alexandre Goulet and Vincent Lanoue scored for the Tigres while Povall James made 35 saves in the win. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-1 win over the Wildcats in Moncton on Wednesday night. Daniel Del Paggio scored twice while singles came from Sam Povorozniouk and Nathan Noel. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 17 saves before leaving the game with an injury. Alex Bishop stopped all 11 shots he faced in relief.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 0-1-0-0 against the Tigres this season while Victoriaville is 1-0-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Oct. 16 in Victoriaville where the Tigres defeated the Sea Dogs 5-2. Marc Beckstead and Mario Huber each scored twice for Victoriaville and Carl Marois chipped in a solo marker. Thomas Chabot and Bokondji Imama scored for Saint John. Olivier Tremblay made 38 saves in the win while Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 19 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Tigres: None.

Player to watch: Maxime Comtois, selected third overall in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft, is second in rookie scoring with 25 goals and 25 assists in 44 games. He ended a five-game pointless streak last night in Moncton, registering a goal and an assist.

Three Things to Know
1. Saint John’s point streak is now at 15 games (13-0-2). They are also on a five-game winning streak overall and a six-game winning streak at home.

2. Nathan Noel has a 15-game point streak going while Matthew Highmore and Sam Povorozniouk each have points in 10 straight games.

3. This is the final game of a three-in-three for the Tigres. They defeated the Titan 1-0 on Thursday and Wildcats 5-4 in OT last night. They’ve won three straight games overall.