Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PLAYOFF GAMEDAY 11: Round 3, Game 3 - at Chicoutimi

Round 3, Game 3
Saint John Sea Dogs vs Chicoutimi Sagueneens
Tonight at 8:30pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: TVA Sports | Live Blog: SN
Georges Vezina Centre – Chicoutimi, Que.

Saint John leads the best-of-seven semifinal playoff series 2-0.

CHICOUTIMI, Que. – The Georges Vezina Centre will be rocking tonight as the Sagueneens host the Saint John Sea Dogs for Game 3 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinal at 8:30pm.

The Sagueneens faithful will have a chance tonight to cheer on their team for the first time since they stunned the Memorial Cup host Shawinigan Cataractes in seven games in the QMJHL’s quarter-finals. Down 2-0 to the defending national champs, the Sags will need all the help they can get from their crowd this evening.

Saint John won the first two games by a combined score of 9-3. Tthe games were fairly close and competitive. But the Sea Dogs were able to capitalize on some Chicoutimi mistakes and got solid goaltending from Mathieu Corbeil to give them a 2-0 series lead.

Tonight’s game will either give the Sags some life or give Saint John a stranglehold on the series.

The Sea Dogs played just one game in Chicoutimi this season and lost 4-3 in a shootout. The game saw Alexandre Beauregard make his return from thyroid cancer. Steve Lebel, Guillaume Asselin, and Jeremy Gregoire all scored for the Sags while the Dogs had a pair of goals from Danick Gauthier and a solo marker from Zack Phillips.

The Sags went 19-9-2-4 at home during the regular season and outscored opponents 118-101. They are 4-2 in the playoffs with a +8 goal differential.

The Sea Dogs have won 13 straight overall going into tonight’s game. They are a perfect 4-0 on the road this post-season and have outscored opponents 23-8.

A good start tonight would be huge for Saint John. Chicoutimi has scored more goals in the first period (19) than other period in the playoffs.

Saint JohnChicoutimi
Home Record6-0-0-04-2-0-0
Road Record4-0-0-04-5-0-0
Goals For/Game7.20 (1st)3.01 (9th)
Goals Against/Game2.10 (1st)3.21 (7th)
Shots For/Game37.9 (1st)26.87 (11th)
Shots Against/Game25.5 (1st)31.42 (9th)
Overall PP30.9% (1st)19% (12th)
Home PP40.0% (1st)15.4% (12th)
Road PP15% (11th)21.6% (7th)
Overall PK87.2% (1st)83.1% (4th)
Home PK82.1% (7th)96.2% (2nd)
Road PK94.7% (1st)74.4% (10th)
PIM/GAME17.9 (7th)16.9 (10th)
Attendance5,110 (3rd)3,753 (7th)

Guillaume Asselin1561117
Christian Ouellet1513215
Steve Lebel153912

Saint John
Charlie Coyle10111324
Stanislav Galiev10101323
Zack Phillips1061723

Christopher Gibson8-5-2-03.100.901
Francois Desrosiers0-0-0-05.200.846

Saint John
Mathieu Corbeil10-0-0-02.100.918
Sebastien Auger0-0-0-0- - -- - -

GAME ONE – Chicoutimi 1, Saint John 4
GAME TWO – Chicoutimi 2, Saint John 5
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 Station

October 29 – Chicoutimi 0, Saint John 6

December 4 – Chicoutimi 8, Saint John 3

March 9 – Saint John 3, Chicoutimi 4 (SO)

If you get TVA Sports, tonight’s game will be broadcast there. It will air en francais.

If you are considering ordering the Telus webcast, it’s not that great thanks to this beam that blocks the corner. We’re assuming the camera has not been moved for the playoffs.

Tim Roszell tweeted that Tomas Jurco is likely a game time decision again. Jurco took warm-up on Sunday but did not play.

Alexandre Beauregard, Alexandre Roy, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau did not take morning skate.

  • Charlie Coyle leads the league in playoff points with 24.
  • Kevin Gagne is tied with Jerome Gauthier-Leduc for the playoff lead in points by a defenseman with 13.
  • Christian Ouellet is tied for the league lead in goals with 13.
  • Zack Phillips has a league high 17 playoff assists.
  • Coyle is a league best +21.
  • Steve Lebel has two shorthanded assists to lead the league

Rimouski can take a 3-0 series lead over Halifax with a win tonight in the other semifinal.

Game 4 of this series is Thursday night at 8:30pm in Chicoutimi.

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