Sunday, January 25, 2015

GAME DAY 47: vs Screaming Eagles

A preview of today’s game between the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Saint John Sea Dogs…

When and where: Today at 3 p.m., Harbour Station

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

Records: The Screaming Eagles are fifth in the Maritimes Division and 15th overall in the QMJHL with a record of 19-22-2-3 for 43 points. The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes and fifth overall with a 25-14-1-6 record for 57 points.

Last games: The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 7-1 win in Moncton last night. Maxim Lazarev had a hat trick while singles came from Jeremie Beaudin, Kyle Farrell, Stephen Anderson and Marcus Hinds. Alexandre Belanger made 30 saves in the win. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-4 win over the Screaming Eagles on Friday at Harbour Station. Nathan Noel had four goals while Adam Marsh and Thomas Chabot also scored. Alex Bishop and Blade Mann-Dixon combined to make 34 saves.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 5-1-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 1-4-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Friday at Harbour Station when the Sea Dogs erased a three-goal first period deficit to defeat the Screaming Eagles 6-4. Nathan Noel had four goals for Saint John while Adam Marsh and Thomas Chabot added solo markers. Alex Bishop was pulled after allowing three goals on 17 shots. In relief, Blade Mann-Dixon made 20 saves. Stephen Anderson scored twice for Cape Breton while singles came from Clark Bishop and Evgeny Svechnikov. Alexandre Belanger made 29 saves in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Screaming Eagles: Stephen Anderson and Olivier LeBlanc

Random stat: This is Cape Breton’s third game in as many days. They played in Saint John on Friday, Moncton last night and are at Harbour Station again today.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hoffman Scores In Breakaway Challenge


Mike Hoffman scored a dandy in the breakaway challenge of tonight’s NHL skills competition.

Hoffman also participated in the fastest skater competition but blew a tire going around a corner and lost to Jonathan Drouin.

Saturday News & Notes

If you didn’t know, Nathan Noel’s four-goal game last night tied a Sea Dogs team record. The above info is from the QMJHL's media guide (click to enlarge). 

Noel, who had 10 shots on goal in the game, was named Yahoo’s first star of the night.

Some other Saturday news and notes:

RECAP: Sea Dogs Win 6-4

FINAL: Cape Breton 4, Saint John 6
SAINT JOHN – Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino said during Thursday’s Top Prospects Game broadcast that the Saint John Sea Dogs have asked Nathan Noel to shoot the puck more.

Noel appears to be using the advice. 

On Friday, the speedy forward scored four goals on 10 shots to lead the Sea Dogs to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at Harbour Station.

Saint John trailed 3-0 in the second period before getting things rolling. Cape Breton netminder Alexandre Belanger was terrific in the first half of the game but was eventually broken by the Sea Dogs.

Adam Marsh and Thomas Chabot also scored for Saint John with Noel scoring the remaining markers. Three of his four goals came in the third.

Goaltender Alex Bishop was pulled after allowing three goals on 17 shots. In relief, Blade Mann-Dixon made 20 saves.

Former Sea Dog Stephen Anderson scored twice for Cape Breton while singles came from Loik Leveille and Clark Bishop. Belanger made 29 saves in the loss.

Cape Breton’s Bishop opened the scoring just 1:57 in as he beat Saint John’s Bishop five-hole. Then on a power play at 6:30, Anderson scored to double the Eagles’ lead. Shots were 15-8 in favour of the Eagles in the first period.

At 1:27 of the second, Leveille scored to give Cape Breton a 3-0 lead and end Bishop’s night in the Saint John net. He was replaced by Mann-Dixon who was recalled from the MHL's Valley Wildcats for this weekend’s games.

Finally, at 7:39, Marsh scored to give Saint John some life and make it a 3-1 game. 16 seconds later, Chabot patiently waited with the puck and let traffic settle before firing a wrist shot past Belanger to make it 3-2.

Late in second at 18:10, Noel riffled his first of the game top corner to tie things at 3-3. The Eagles would go to the intermission with the lead though as Anderson kept the puck on a two-on-one and beat Mann-Dixon low glove side to give the visitors a 4-3 advantage. Shots were 19-11 Saint John in the second stanza.

Noel’s second of the game on a power play at 1:45 of the third tied things at 4-4. Then at 8:09, Noel’s hat trick goal put Saint John in the lead. On a power play, Smallman was in the high slot and fed the puck ahead to the Newfoundlander who beat Belanger upstairs to make it 5-4 Dogs.

Noel added an insurance marker at 10:02 to make it 6-4. Shots in the third were 12-8 Cape Breton.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sea Dogs Recall Mann-Dixon


Blade Mann-Dixon is back with the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Sea Dogs announced this afternoon that they have recalled Mann-Dixon from the MHL’s Valley Wildcats. He is expected to dress for this weekend’s matches between the Sea Dogs and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at Harbour Station.

The reasoning for the recall was not announced, but Sebastien Auger has been battling a lower body injury over the past couple weeks.

Mann-Dixon started the season with Saint John and posted a 1-1 record to go along with a 4.56 goals against average and .852 save percentage. Since being sent down to the Wildcats he has a record of 5-2-2 with a 2.49 GAA and .923 SV% in nine MHL games.

The Antigonish native also registered a 1-3-0-1 record in five games with Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge in December in Kindersley, Saskatchewan.

Saint John plays Cape Breton tonight at 7:30 p.m.

GAME DAY 46: vs Screaming Eagles

A preview of tonight’s game between the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Saint John Sea Dogs…

When and where: Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Harbour Station

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

Records: The Screaming Eagles are fifth in the Maritimes Division and 16th overall in the QMJHL with an 18-21-2-3 record for 41 points. The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes and sixth overall with a record of 24-14-1-6 for 55 points.

Last games: The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 5-4 overtime win over the Halifax Mooseheads on Sunday. Loik Leveille scored twice while singles came from Phelix Martineau, Stephen Anderson and Colin MacSween. Alexandre Belanger made 36 saves in the win. The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-5 shootout loss in Sherbrooke on Sunday. Jason Bell, Mathieu Joseph, Juraj Siska, Bokondji Imama and Spencer Smallman all scored for Saint John. Alex Bishop made 17 saves in the loss.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 4-1-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles this season while Cape Breton is 1-3-0-1 against Saint John.

Last meeting: New Year’s Eve at Harbour Station when the Sea Dogs defeated the Screaming Eagles 6-3. Adam Marsh had two goals for Saint John while singles came from Nathan Noel, Mathieu Joseph, Spencer Smallman and Matthew Highmore. Sebastien Auger made 27 saves in the win. Jason Bell, Kyle Farrell and Evgeny Svechnikov scored for Cape Breton. Francois Brassard made 15 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Screaming Eagles: Stephen Anderson and Olivier LeBlanc. LeBlanc has not played since Jan. 10.

Random stat: Adam Marsh has seven goals in five games against Cape Breton this season.