Round 3, Game 2
Chicoutimi Sagueneens vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Today at 3:00pm
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Saint John leads the best-of-seven semifinal playoffs series 1-0.
SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs will look to carry over their third period success from Friday’s game into today’s Game 2 against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
The Sea Dogs scored three times in the final frame in Friday’s Game 1 to take a 1-0 lead in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinal playoff series. Saint John can take a 2-0 series lead with a win this afternoon. Game time at Harbour Station is 3pm.
Chicoutimi scored first on Friday but Saint John would score four straight unanswered goals to win 4-1. Pierre Durepos, Stanislav Galiev, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Danick Gauthier all scored for the Sea Dogs while Kevin Gagne added three assists. The Sags lone goal came from Mathieu Gagnon.
Sea Dogs goaltender Mathieu Corbeil was very sharp on Friday, making 24 saves to earn first star honours. Christopher Gibson played very well as well in the Chiocutimi net, allowing four goals on 33 shots.
Corbeil was especially good in the first period when he made a couple of great saves. Saint John didn’t get off to a terrible start considering the long layoff they had. But they were a bit undisciplined, giving the Sags a few power plays in the first half of the game.
Saint John hasn’t lost a home in a long time. Their last home loss was back on January 12 when they fell 4-1 to the Shawinigan Cataractes. The Dogs were 25-8-0-1 at home during the regular season and are 5-0 so far in the playoffs.
The series shifts to Chicoutimi after today’s match, making this an important game. The winner takes the momentum heading into Game 3.PLAYOFF NUMBERS
|Goals For/Game||7.44 (1st)||3.08 (9th)|
|Goals Against/Game||2.11 (1st)||3.08 (6th)|
|Shots For/Game||38.56 (1st)||26.72 (11th)|
|Shots Against/Game||25.11 (1st)||31.38 (9th)|
|Overall PP||32.7% (1st)||19% (12th)|
|Home PP||44.8% (1st)||15.4% (12th)|
|Road PP||15% (11th)||21.9% (7th)|
|Overall PK||88.1% (1st)||83.1% (4th)|
|Home PK||82.6% (7th)||96.2% (2nd)|
|Road PK||94.7% (1st)||72.7% (11th)|
|PIM/GAME||18.6 (6th)||17.1 (8th)|
|Attendance||5,006 (3rd)||3,753 (7th)|
LEADING SCORERS – PLAYOFFS
GOALTENDERS - PLAYOFFS
|Sebastien Auger||0-0-0-0||- - -||- - -|
GAME ONE – Chicoutimi 1, Saint John 4
GAME TWO – Sunday, April 22: 3 p.m. @ Harbour Station
GAME THREE – Tuesday, April 24: 8:30 p.m. @ Centre Georges-Vezina
GAME FOUR – Thursday, April 26: 8:30 p.m. @ Centre Georges-Vezina
*GAME FIVE – Saturday, April 28: 7 p.m. @ Harbour Station
*GAME SIX – Monday, April 30: 8:30 p.m. @ Centre Georges-Vezina
*GAME SEVEN – Tuesday, May 1: 7 p.m. @ Harbour StationSEASON SERIES
October 29 – Chicoutimi 0, Saint John 6
December 4 – Chicoutimi 8, Saint John 3
March 9 – Saint John 3, Chicoutimi 4 (SO)
- Charlie Coyle and Zack Phillips are tied for the league lead in playoff points with 23.
- Christian Ouellet is second in goal scoring with 12. Coyle is third with 11.
- Phillips has a league best 17 assists.
- Coyle is a league best +20.
- Chicoutimi’s power play struggled on Friday going 0/5.
- The Sea Dogs have won 12 straight games overall (nine straight in playoffs).
Rimouski has a 2-0 series lead over Halifax in the other semifinal. The series resumes on Tuesday in Rimouski.
Game 3 of this series is on Tuesday night in Chicoutimi.