SAINT JOHN – Although the Sea Dogs have only made the playoffs five times in their brief history, some patterns have emerged.
One thing that sticks out – their record when winning the first game of a series. Saint John has played in 15 playoffs series (which includes the Memorial Cup tournament). Of those 15 playoff series, the Sea Dogs won the first game 12 times. They went on to win all 12 of those series.
Saint John has lost the first game of a series three times. They lost all three of those series.
Here’s a fancy table with the details.
|2008 1st Round||PEI||Won 10-4||Won 4-0|
|2008 2nd Round||Bathurst||Won 4-3||Won 4-2|
|2008 3rd Round||Rouyn-Noranda||Lost 5-3||Lost 4-0|
|2009 1st Round||Cape Breton||Lost 5-4 (OT)||Lost 4-0|
|2010 1st Round||PEI||Won 8-3||Won 4-1|
|2010 2nd Round||Gatineau||Won 7-4||Won 4-0|
|2010 3rd Round||Victoriaville||Won 4-2||Won 4-2|
|2010 4th Round||Moncton||Lost 5-1||Lost 4-2|
|2011 1st Round||Cape Breton||Won 10-0||Won 4-0|
|2011 2nd Round||Victoriaville||Won 4-1||Won 4-1|
|2011 3rd Round||Lewiston||Won 5-4 (OT)||Won 4-0|
|2011 4th Round||Gatineau||Won 2-1||Won 4-2|
|2011 Mem Cup||Mississauga||Won 4-3||Won Tourney|
|2012 1st Round||Cape Breton||Won 13-4||Won 4-0|
So, history tells us that Friday’s Game 1 against Baie-Comeau is a big one. The Sea Dogs host the Drakkar at 7:30pm at Harbour Station.