Saturday, April 28, 2012

PLAYOFF GAMEDAY 13: Round 3, Game 5 - vs Sagueneens

Round 3, Game 5
Chicoutimi Sagueneens vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7:00pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live Blog: SN
Harbour Station – Saint John, NB

Saint John leads the best-of-seven semifinal playoff series 3-1.

SAINT JOHN – Something rare could happen tonight at Harbour Station.

The Saint John Sea Dogs, leading the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinal 3-1, have a chance to eliminate the Chicoutimi Sagueneens tonight. Only twice in franchise history have the Sea Dogs won a playoff series on home ice.

The last time they clinched a series on home ice was back in 2010 when they defeated the Victoriaville Tigres in six games. Earlier that year in the first round, the Sea Dogs eliminated the PEI Rocket in five games with the deciding game being played at Harbour Station.

The Sea Dogs have had other chances to wrap up a series on home ice. They dropped Game 5 of the 2008 quarterfinals against Bathurst and missed a chance to win the President’s Cup on home ice in Game 5 of last year’s final against Gatineau.

Saint John has won six straight playoff series but have clinched every single one on the road. Tonight, they could end that streak with a victory. Game time is 7pm.

Chicoutimi is certainly giving the Dogs a good run in this series. After Saint John won the first two games by three goals each, the last two have both gone to overtime. The Sags won 5-4 on Tuesday and then the Dogs won 3-2 on Thursday.

The Sags looked like a different team in Games 3 and 4. Their big guns – Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Charles Hudon, Christian Ouellet, etc. – were all rolling. It looked like they really benefited from the larger ice surface but they’ll have to find a way to get going tonight on Harbour Station ice if they want to stay alive.

If the Sea Dogs win tonight, they will advance to the President’s Cup Final for a third straight year. If the Sagueneens win, Game 6 will be on Monday night in Chicoutimi.

Saint JohnChicoutimi
Home Record6-0-0-05-3-0-0
Road Record5-1-0-04-5-0-0
Goals For/Game6.46 (1st)3.02 (9th)
Goals Against/Game2.29 (1st)3.20 (7th)
Shots For/Game37.29 (2nd)27.04 (11th)
Shots Against/Game26.01 (3rd)31.81 (9th)
Overall PP29.5% (1st)17.1% (13th)
Home PP40.0% (1st)12.1% (13th)
Road PP15.4% (11th)21.6% (7th)
Overall PK88.9% (1st)83.1% (4th)
Home PK82.1% (7th)93.8% (2nd)
Road PK96.2% (1st)74.4% (10th)
PIM/GAME16.9 (9th)16.2 (10th)
Attendance5,110 (3rd)3,983 (5th)

Christian Ouellet1713518
Guillaume Asselin1761117
Jean-Gabriel Pageau1541014

Saint John
Charlie Coyle12131528
Zack Phillips1261925
Stanislav Galiev12101424

Christopher Gibson9-5-3-03.100.902
Francois Desrosiers0-0-0-05.200.846

Saint John
Mathieu Corbeil11-0-1-02.290.912
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 – Saint John 3, Chicoutimi 2 (OT)
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)

  • Charlie Coyle leads the league in playoff scoring with 28 points in 12 games.
  • Coyle is tied with Christian Ouellet and Nathan MacKinnon for the league lead in goals with 13.
  • Zack Phillips has a league best 19 assists.
  • Ouellet is tied for the league lead in power play goals with five.
  • Coyle is tied for the lead in game winning goals with four.
  • Coyle is a league best +23.
  • Steve Lebel is the only player in the league with two shorthanded assists

In the other semifinal, Rimouski leads Halifax 3-2. The Oceanic can clinch that series with a win on Sunday at the Metro Centre.

If Saint John loses tonight, Game 6 is on Monday night in Chicoutimi. If Saint John wins, the President’s Cup Final will likely begin on Friday at Harbour Station.

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