Thursday, April 26, 2012

PLAYOFF GAMEDAY 12: Round 3, Game 4 - at Chicoutimi

Round 3, Game 4
Saint John Sea Dogs vs Chicoutimi Sagueneens
Tonight at 8:30pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: VOX TV| Live Blog: SN
Georges Vezina Centre – Chicoutimi, Que.

Saint John leads the best-of-seven semifinal playoff series 2-1.

CHICOUTIMI, Que. – This series got a whole lot more interesting with Chicoutimi’s 5-4 overtime victory on Tuesday night.

Instead of the Saint John Sea Dogs being a win away from advancing, the Sagueneens have a chance to even this series up at 2-2 this evening at the Georges Vezina Centre. Game time for Game 4 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinal is 8:30pm.

In an entertaining game on Tuesday, Chicoutimi jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one. The Sea Dogs dominated the second period but could only beat Christopher Gibson twice to tie it at 2-2. Saint John took the lead twice in the third period but Chicoutimi quickly tied it both times. The Sags capitalized on a turnover in overtime and took the game 5-4.

The big guns came to play for Chicoutimi. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice while Charles Hudon, Gabriel Bourret, and Etienne Brodeur added singles. Christian Ouellet added three assists. Christopher Gibson was solid, making 42 saves. The Sags are going to need more of this stuff if they want to win tonight.

Saint John didn’t play awful but didn’t play terrific, either. They looked like they just weren’t hitting the high gear. The Dogs had goals from Nathan Beaulieu, Tomas Jurco, Ryan Tesink, and Danick Gauthier. They'll look to improve on some things tonight.

Tuesday’s game ended Saint John’s 13-game winning streak going back to the regular season. They haven’t lost back-to-back games many times this year. They haven’t lost back-to-back playoff games since Games 5 and 6 of the 2010 President’s Cup Final against Moncton.

The Sags looked like a different team on Tuesday. The atmosphere was nuts. Another big challenge awaits the Sea Dogs tonight.

If the Sags win, it would force a Game 6 on Monday night back in Chicoutimi. Game 5 is Saturday night at Harbour Station.

Saint JohnChicoutimi
Home Record6-0-0-05-2-0-0
Road Record4-1-0-04-5-0-0
Goals For/Game6.83 (1st)3.11 (9th)
Goals Against/Game2.34 (1st)3.23 (7th)
Shots For/Game38.21 (1st)27.04 (11th)
Shots Against/Game25.89 (3rd)32.06 (9th)
Overall PP30.5% (1st)17.9% (13th)
Home PP40.0% (1st)13.3% (12th)
Road PP16.7% (10th)21.6% (7th)
Overall PK88.2% (1st)82.6% (5th)
Home PK82.1% (7th)93.3% (2nd)
Road PK95.7% (1st)74.4% (10th)
PIM/GAME17.5 (6th)16.8 (10th)
Attendance5,110 (3rd)3,881 (7th)

Christian Ouellet1613518
Guillaume Asselin1661117
Jean-Gabriel Pageau1441014

Saint John
Charlie Coyle11111425
Stanislav Galiev11101424
Zack Phillips1161723

Christopher Gibson9-5-2-03.130.902
Francois Desrosiers0-0-0-05.200.846

Saint John
Mathieu Corbeil10-0-1-02.340.910
Sebastien Auger0-0-0-0- - -- - -

GAME ONE – Chicoutimi 1, Saint John 4
GAME TWO – Chicoutimi 2, Saint John 5
GAME THREE – Saint John 4, Chicoutimi 5 (OT)
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)

Tonight’s game is being broadcast on VOX TV in Quebec. No idea if any cable/satellite providers have the station in NB. If we find a stream we will tweet the link.


  • Charlie Coyle is second in playoff scoring with 25 points.
  • Christian Ouellet is tied for first in playoff goals with 13.
  • Ouellet is tied for the league lead in playoff power play goals with five.
  • Coyle and Stanislav Galiev are both a league best +20.
  • Christopher Gibson has played the most minutes of any goaltender in the playoffs.

Halifax won again last night, meaning that series is tied 2-2. Game 5 is tomorrow night in Rimouski and will be shown on Sportsnet.

Game 5 of this series is on Saturday night at 7pm at Harbour Station. 

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