Round 2, Game 3
Saint John Sea Dogs vs Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Tonight at 8:30pm
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Saint John leads the best-of-seven quarter-final playoff series 2-0.
BAIE-COMEAU, Que. – The Baie-Comeau Drakkar’s season is basically on the line tonight.
The Saint John Sea Dogs enter tonight’s contest with a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven quarter-final playoff series over the Drakkar. Game time is 8:30pm Atlantic (fun!) at what should be a loud and rowdy Henry Leonard Centre. If Baie-Comeau loses they would fall behind 3-0 in the series and would need a miracle to win it.
A win by the Drakkar tonight would certainly change the outlook of this series. Saint John not only won the first two games, but they won them fairly easily. The Sea Dogs outscored Baie-Comeau 19-5 at Harbour Station on the weekend.
The Drakkar have really only played well for 30 minutes in this series and that came in the first half of Game 1 on Friday. But once the Sea Dogs started rolling, the visitors just could not keep up. What was a tied game near the halfway point resulted in a 9-3 Saint John victory. The Dogs got off to a much better start on Saturday and won easily by score of 10-2.
Not only were the Sea Dogs outscoring the Drakkar on Saturday, but they were outhitting them as well. Saint John showed they are not going to back down from physical play or fights. It’s been a chippy series so far and that should continue tonight.
One thing Baie-Comeau might want to do is try to contain Saint John in the second period, a period the Sea Dogs have dominated all season. 26 of Saint John’s 53 playoff goals have come in the middle frame. They’ve outscored the Drakkar 10-3 in second periods in this series.
The Drakkar won both of their first round home games, outscoring Victoriaville 13-6. Game 3 of that series was an 8-2 Baie-Comeau victory.
THE NUMBERS - REGULAR SEASON
|Record||29-34-1-4 (6th East)||50-15-0-3 (1st Maritimes)|
|Home Record||18-13-0-3||- - -|
|Road Record||- - -||22-10-0-2|
|Goals/Game||3.15 (15th)||4.34 (2nd)|
|GA/Game||3.50 (8th)||2.62 (16th)|
|Shots/Game||30.7 (5th)||32.99 (3rd)|
|SA/GAME||28.08 (4th)||26.60 (1st)|
|PIM/GAME||15.8 (9th)||16.6 (6th)|
|Overall PP||23.4% (6th)||23.8% (5th)|
|Home PP||22.4% (9th)||- - -|
|Road PP||- - -||24.2% (4th)|
|Overall PK||79.3% (7th)||81.1% (5th)|
|Home PK||85.3% (1st)||- - -|
|Road PK||- - -||78.2% (7th)|
LEADING SCORERS - REGULAR SEASON
GOALTENDERS - REGULAR SEASON
GAME ONE – Baie-Comeau 3, Saint John 9
GAME TWO – Baie-Comeau 2, Saint John 10
GAME THREE – Tuesday, April 10: 8:30 p.m. @ Centre Henry-Leonard
GAME FOUR – Wednesday, April 11: 8:30 p.m. @ Centre Henry-Leonard
*GAME FIVE – Friday, April 13: 8:30 p.m. @ Centre Henry-Leonard
*GAME SIX – Monday, April 16: 7 p.m. @ Harbour Station
*GAME SEVEN – Tuesday, April 17: 7 p.m. @ Harbour Station
November 4 – Saint John 7 at Baie-Comeau 0
November 5 – Saint John 3 at Baie-Comeau 2
November 13 – Baie-Comeau 3 at Saint John 5
- Raphael Bussieres is expected to return tonight for the Drakkar after serving a suspension.
- Zack Phillips leads the league in playoff scoring with 21 points.
- Both teams have yet to lose when scoring first in the post-season.
- The Sea Dogs are averaging 8.83 goals per game.
Quebec at Halifax - 7:00 PM ADT
Shawinigan at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EDT
Blainville-Boisbriand at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EDT
The Sea Dogs and Drakkar meet again tomorrow night for Game 4 of the series. Same time, same place.