Saturday, April 9, 2011

PRE-GAME: Game Two vs Victoriaville Tigres

Round Two, Game Two - 2011 President’s Cup Playoffs
Victoriaville Tigres vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight, 7:00 pm
Harbour Station

The top-seeded Saint John Sea Dogs currently lead the 11th-seeded Victoriaville Tigres 1-0 in their best-of-seven quarter-final playoff series.

SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs look to a 2-0 series lead this evening at 7:00 pm at Harbour Station.

The Sea Dogs and Victoriaville Tigres opened their best-of-seven quarter-final series last night in Saint John, a match that saw the home side take a 1-0 series lead following a 4-1 victory. Tomas Jurco, Jonathan Huberdeau, Stanislav Galiev, and Steven Anthony all scored for the winners. Yanni Gourde scored the lone Victoriaville goal.

A big story from last night’s game was the goaltending as both David Honzik and Jacob DeSerres played well. Honzik let out quite a few rebounds, but also made some huge stops to keep the Tigres in the game. If Saint John can start to take advantage of those rebounds tonight, it could be a much larger margin of victory.

Both teams looked a bit sluggish to start the game off as neither had played in over a week. But tonight, that rust should be gone from both sides and could be a more intensely played affair.

The Sea Dogs are now 5-0 in the post-season and have outscored their opposition 30-3. The Tigres dropped to 4-1, and have outscored their opposition 23-15.

Saint John still has their undefeated-in-regulation-at-home streak still going and the Tigres will be in tough once again to pull off a victory this evening. This is a big game for both squads as the series shifts to Quebec for the next three games.


VictoriavilleSaint John
Record35-29-1-3 (3rd East)58-7-1-2 (1st Maritimes)
Home Record- - -32-0-1-1
Road Record19-13-1-1- - -
Last 105-5-0-08-2-0-0
Goals For256324
Goals Against240165
Goals/Game3.76 (6th)4.76 (1st)
Goals Against/Game3.53 (12th)2.43 (1st)
Shots/Game31.16 (6th)36.81 (1st)
Shots Against/Game30.24 (10th)26.96 (5th)
Overall PP22.1% (11th)25.1% (6th)
Home PP- - -24.4% (8th)
Road PP25.4% (6th)- - -
Overall PK75.0% (16th)83.7% (1st)
Home PK- - -86.1% (1st)
Road PK75.9% (14th)- - -
PIM/GAME14.0 (11th)13.1 (13th)

Game One – Tigres 1, Sea Dogs 4
Game Two - Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 pm at Harbour Station
Game Three - Tuesday, April 12, at 8:00 pm at Colisee Desjardins
Game Four - Wednesday, April 13, at 8:00 pm at Colisee Desjardins
*Game Five - Friday, April 15, at 8:00 pm at Colisee Desjardins
*Game Six – Monday, April 18 at 7:00 pm at Harbour Station
*Game Seven – Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm at Harbour Station

*if necessary

From last night’s game:

With a goal last night, Stanislav Galiev has now scored in all five Sea Dogs playoff games. Frederick Roy of the Quebec Remparts is also on a five-game goal scoring streak.

In total, Galiev has six goals and three assists in five playoff games. His six goals ties him with Jonathan Huberdeau for the team lead.

David Honzik was very good in goal last night for the Tigres. Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant agreed.

"We had lots of scoring chances and Honzik was very good," Gallant said to the Telegraph-Journal.

In five playoff games, Honzik has a 4-1 record to go along with a 2.74 goals against average and a 0.930 save percentage.

The QMJHL website posted some notes on each quarter-final playoff series last night.

Lewiston at Montreal - 3:05 PM EDT
Victoriaville at Saint John - 7:00 PM ADT
Gatineau at Drummondville - 7:00 PM EDT
Shawinigan at Quebec - 7:00 PM EDT

Venue: Harbour Station
Capacity: 6,297
Reg. Season Average Attendance: 4,478
Playoff Average Attendance: 4,286
QMJHL Arena Guide

Radio (Sea Dogs): News 88.9 FM
Live Web Feed: Telus
Television: None
Post-Game Coverage: Station Nation, La Nouvelle Union

The series shifts to Victoriaville on Tuesday for Game Three at 8:00 pm.

Photo Credits: Marc Grandmaison, Google

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