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A defensive matchup

The Saint John Sea Dogs face the Cataractes in Shawinigan for the first time this season. A defensive confrontation since on one side we have Thomas Chabot (Saint John) and the other Samuel Girard (Shawinigan), a duel between two players who received the invitation to the Sport Chek selection camp of the National Canada Junior Team. Currently, the Sea Dogs find themselves comfortably seated in the top 3, second to be more exact, with a record of 17-6-2-1, which is good for 37 points. The Sea Dogs are just one win to join the leaders in the overall standings, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The Maritimes team is running at full speed with six wins in their last seven games, with a shootout loss. It is a 13-point production on a possible 14. During this sequence, the Sea Dogs scored 35 goals, an average of five goals per game. With a total of 108 goals scored since the start of the campaign, Saint John is ranked fourth in the column in goals for. The team is looking for a fourth consecutive victory, for a second time this season. WHO’S HOT … Nathan Noel has 9 points (6g, 3a) in his last three games. Spencer Smallman has 6 assists in his last three games. Mathieu Joseph is in a sequence of 13 games with at least a point, he amassed 21 points, including 11 goals. Thomas Chabot has 5 points in his last three games.

The Shawinigan Cataractes start tonight’s game in third-place in the league with 35 points, a 17-7-1-0 record. Shawinigan lost his last two games, the last one in a 6-2 loss to the Screaming Eagles. It is only the third time that the team allowed more than five goals in the same game since the start of the regular season. In the last game, star defenceman Samuel Girard reached the 150-point mark in just 151 games. The 13th fastest defenceman in QMJHL history to reach this plateau. Currently, the 19-year-old has 3 goals and 17 assists in 20 games this season. The Cataractes will bet on their defense tonight, while they are second this season with only 70 goals allowed to opposing teams, an average of only 2.8. The offensive will be on tonight, with a production of 106 goals scored this season, for 4.2 goals per game. With a victory tonight, in regulation time, Shawinigan would join the Sea Dogs in the second spot with 37 points, two points away from their rivals, the Huskies. WHO’S HOT … Samuel Blier has 5 points in his last five games.

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