Friday, March 6, 2015

RECAP: Sea Dogs Win 2-1

FINAL: Saint John 2, Bathurst 1

BATHURST – Two third period goals pushed the Saint John Sea Dogs past the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, 2-1, on Friday night at the KC Irving Regional Centre.

After struggling to get anything going offensively in the opening 40 minutes, the Sea Dogs managed to get things going enough in the third to down the Titan.

Luke Green got things going at 4:01 of the final frame, scoring an outstanding coast-to-coast goal to tie the game at 1-1. Then 1:40 later, Mark Tremaine scored a shorthanded marker to give Saint John a 2-1 advantage – and that’s the way it would end.

As you can see by this handy map showing shots in the first and second periods, the Sea Dogs just couldn’t generate a whole lot of chances in dangerous areas.
Bathurst’s lone goal came at 10:02 of the second period from Campbell Pickard. Bathurst had some pressure in the final couple minutes of the game but could not connect.

Sebastien Auger made 27 saves in the win while Reilly Pickard made 27 stops in the loss.

VIDEO: Luke Green Goes Coast-To-Coast

This happened during the third period of tonight's Sea Dogs/Titan game, tying the match at 1-1. Luke Green is better at hockey than you.

GAME DAY 62: at Bathurst

A preview of tonight’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Acadie-Bathurst Titan…

When and where: Tonight at 7:30 p.m., KC Irving Regional Centre

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV (French)/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are second in the Maritimes Division and eighth overall in the QMJHL with a record of 30-22-3-6 for 69 points. The Titan are sixth in the Maritimes and 18th overall with a 15-40-4-2 record for 36 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 6-2 loss to the Gatineau Olympiques last Saturday at Harbour Station. Mathieu Joseph and Mark Tremaine scored for Saint John while Alex Bishop made 26 saves in the loss. The Titan are coming off a 7-4 loss to the Mooseheads in Halifax on Wednesday. Nathan Medeiros, Raphael Corriveau, Andrew Ryan and Mark Trickett scored for the Titan while Reilly Pickard made 28 saves in the loss.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 4-2-1-1 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 4-4-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Feb. 22 at Harbour Station where the Sea Dogs defeated the Titan 4-1. Samuel Dove-McFalls, Spencer Smallman, Mathieu Joseph and Jakub Zboril scored for Saint John while Bathurst’s goal came from Egor Popov. Sebastien Auger made 14 saves in the win and Reilly Pickard made 40 stops in the loss.

Previous meetings this season:
Acadie-Bathurst 1 @ Saint John 4 (Feb 22 2015) Final
Saint John 2 @ Acadie-Bathurst 3 (Feb 13 2015) Final OT1
Acadie-Bathurst 6 @ Saint John 4 (Jan 7 2015) Final
Saint John 5 @ Acadie-Bathurst 1 (Dec 29 2014) Final
Acadie-Bathurst 4 @ Saint John 3 (Dec 18 2014) Final
Acadie-Bathurst 4 @ Saint John 3 (Nov 30 2014) Final SO
Saint John 4 @ Acadie-Bathurst 2 (Nov 5 2014) Final
Acadie-Bathurst 1 @ Saint John 5 (Sep 19 2014) Final

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: None

Random stat: The Titan have scored just one shorthanded goal all season, the fewest in the league. They have allowed a league high 12.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Notebook: Support #TeamDK

The Sea Dogs are inviting fans to join #TeamDK in support of equipment manager David Kelly.

Kelly underwent surgery yesterday in Saint John after being diagnosed with cancer in his neck. It’s his second procedure in less than a year.

From the Sea Dogs’ press release:

"DK has been a part of our family since Day 1," said Sea Dogs president Wayne Long. "Friends, former players and fans from all over the world are asking what they can do to help. We are rallying behind him. We want to invite everyone to join #TeamDK and offer well-wishes and support to DK and his family." 
We are encouraging everyone to get involved by logging on to the website:  
The team has created a PayPal account on the site through which financial contributions will be accepted. 
The Sea Dogs are also organizing an online auction. More details will be released soon.
Supporters can participate at upcoming home games. 
Fans attending the team's remaining three home games can sign a greeting card, which will be available at Sea Dogs Central, located behind Section S, on the Harbour Station concourse. Greetings can also be emailed to: 
The Sea Dogs Foundation will be holding a raffle where one lucky fan will win accommodations and tickets for two to a pair of Sea Dogs' games next season. 
A silent auction is also planned. 
Donations can be made by contacting Administrative Assistant, Amanda Greene, during regular business hours at (506) 632-9260 or by visiting the Sea Dogs Administration Office on the pedway level of Harbour Station.

All the best to DK.

The Chronicle Herald’s Willy Palov has an article on the two players who could be the top two picks in this year’s QMJHL Entry Draft.

“Sources around the league agree two players have separated themselves as the best prospects available,” writes Palov. “Shane Bowers from Herring Cove and Quebec’s Maxime Comtois both had strong [Canada Games] tournaments, cementing their status as the top contenders to go No. 1 overall.”

Both are considered to be franchise players. The wildcard in this is Joseph Veleno, an underage Quebec forward, who is reportedly trying to get exceptional status from the league to enter this year’s draft.

The Sea Dogs own the Drummondville Voltigeurs’ first round pick which could end up being first overall.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Phillips Traded To Bruins

Former Sea Dogs forward Zack Phillips has been traded to the Boston Bruins.

In a minor league deal, the Minnesota Wild traded Phillips to the Bruins in exchange for former London Knight Jared Knight.

Phillips has struggled offensively since turning pro, recording just 27 goals and 48 assists in 196 games with the Wild’s AHL affiliates. He averaged over a point per game in his QMJHL career.
Phillips was selected by the Wild in the first-round, 28th overall in 2011.

Knight played against Phillips and the Sea Dogs at the 2012 Memorial Cup in Shawinigan.

The NHL’s trading period ended this afternoon.

Despres Traded To Ducks

Former Sea Dogs defenseman Simon Despres is heading to California.

The Pittsburgh Penguins traded Despres to the Anaheim Ducks this afternoon in exchange for Ben Lovejoy.

Despres, first-round pick of the Penguins in the 2009 NHL Draft, registered five goals and 28 assists in 143 career games with the NHL club. This season, the 23-year old has recorded two goals and 15 assists in 58 games.

The Sea Dogs selected Despres with the first overall pick in the 2007 QMJHL Entry Draft. In 240 career games with Saint John, the Laval native had 25 goals and 109 assists in 240 games. He added six goals and 33 assists in 58 playoff matches.

Former Sea Dogs d-man Kevin Gagne is currently with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.

The NHL’s trading period ended this afternoon.

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