The Saint John Sea Dogs begins a four game road trip with a first stop in Rimouski to face the Océanic. The team is on track with no loss in regular time in their last seven games, including five wins. Saint John has a 16-6-2-1 record, ranking second overall, two points behind the leaders, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. With 103 goals scored since the start of the regular season, Danny Flynn’s team is in fifth place. In addition, it is the only team with a differential above 30% on the power-play with 30.8% efficiency. As for star player Joe Veleno, no date is scheduled for a return to the game. Wounded since October 21, he has played only 9 games this season. WHO’S HOT… Last week’s second star, Nathan Noel has 7 points, including 6 goals in his last two games. Forward Mathieu Joseph is in a sequence of 12 games with at least a point. During this sequence, he scored 10 goals and 9 assists for 19 points.
The Océanic enters tonight’s game with a 12-13-1-0 record and is 13th in the league. Since the arrival of the Sea Dogs in the QMJHL in 2005-2006, the Océanic had the upper hand over the Maritimes team by winning seven of the nine clashes between the two clubs. The last time the two teams met, the Océanic was defeated by the 5-3 mark in Rimouski on January 29th, 2016. Serge Beausoleil’s team has only one victory in its last four games, during which it has allocated 17 goals to its opponents. However, the Océanic has success on the man advantage, being third in the league with a 28,4% of efficiency. WHO’S HOT… Since his arrival with the Océanic, forward Antoine Dufort-Plante has 15 points (6g, 9a) in 12 games.