Wednesday, April 11, 2012

PLAYOFF GAMEDAY 8: at Baie-Comeau

Round 2, Game 4
Saint John Sea Dogs  vs Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Tonight at 8:30pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live Blog: SN
Henry Leonard Centre – Baie-Comeau, Que.

Saint John leads the best-of-seven quarter-final playoff series 3-0.

BAIE-COMEAU, Que. – The Saint John Sea Dogs will bring out their brooms tonight in hopes of sweeping away the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.

The Sea Dogs enter tonight’s game with a 3-0 lead in the quarter-final Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff series. This evening’s contest begins at 8:30pm at the Henry Leonard Centre.

Saint John escaped with a 5-2 win in Game 3 last night in Baie-Comeau thanks to a three-goal third period. The Dogs opened the scoring in the first but found themselves down 2-1 late in the second until Tomas Jurco tied it, sending the teams to the dressing room’s tied at 2-2. The visitors then grabbed a 3-2 lead early in the third and hung on until they clinched with two late goals.

The Dogs had goals from Stanislav Galiev, Tomas Jurco, Ryan Tesink, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Stephen MacAulay. Huberdeau added two assists. Mathieu Corbeil had a strong performance in net, making 29 saves in the win.

Baie-Comeau had a much better game than the two they played in Saint John on the weekend. They had goals from David Rose and Jonathan Lessard. Philippe Cadorette was named first star, allowing four goals on 37 shots.

The Drakkar will look to build off some of the momentum they created last night. They stayed with Saint John up until the final minutes of the third, giving the Dogs their first real test of the post-season.

The Sea Dogs will be looking to advance to the semi-finals for the third straight year. In their franchise history, they have never lost a second round series.

Saint John has swept a quarter-final series just once and that came back in 2010 when the Dogs knocked out the Gatineau Olympiques.

If Baie-Comeau wins tonight, Game 5 will be Friday night at the Henry Leonard Centre. If they lose tonight, they’ll be rowing into the off-season.

Baie-ComeauSaint John
Record29-34-1-4 (6th East)50-15-0-3 (1st Maritimes)
Home Record18-13-0-3- - -
Road Record- - - 22-10-0-2
Goals For217298
Goals Against241180
Goals/Game3.15 (15th)4.34 (2nd)
GA/Game3.50 (8th)2.62 (16th)
Shots/Game30.7 (5th)32.99 (3rd)
SA/GAME28.08 (4th)26.60 (1st)
PIM/GAME15.8 (9th)16.6 (6th)
Scoring First20-8-1-135-3-0-0
Overall PP23.4% (6th)23.8% (5th)
Home PP22.4% (9th)- - -
Road PP- - -24.2% (4th)
Overall PK79.3% (7th)81.1% (5th)
Home PK85.3% (1st)- - - 
Road PK- - -78.2% (7th)

David Rose67174562
Carl Gelinas63253661
Tomas Filippi60193453

Saint John
Danick Gauthier66473986
Zack Phillips60305080
Jonathan Huberdeau37304272

Philippe Cadorette8-10-0-03.050.898
Jimmy Appleby10-15-1-33.850.866

Saint John
Mathieu Corbeil37-10-0-12.380.911
Sebastien Auger14-2-0-22.650.897

GAME ONE – Baie-Comeau 3, Saint John 9
GAME TWO – Baie-Comeau 2, Saint John 10
GAME THREE – Saint John 5, Baie-Comeau 2
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
*If Necessary

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

  • Charlie Coyle was held pointless last night.
  • Will a crab be thrown before the game?
  • Will the lights work?
  • First goal will be huge – neither team has lost when scoring first in this year’s playoffs.
  • Saint John is averaging 8.29 goals per game. That's a lot. 

Quebec at Halifax - 7:00 PM ADT
Shawinigan at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EDT
Blainville-Boisbriand at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EDT

If the Drakkar win, Game 5 is on Friday night at 8:30pm. If the Sea Dogs win, their semi-final series will likely start April 20ish at Harbour Station. 

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