Our recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs are hitting the road with a 2-0 series lead over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinal playoff series.
News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s goal calls.
The Canadian Press’ recap. Kevin Gagne chipped in two assists for Saint John and Charles Coyle added a single assist. The assist gives Coyle 24 points in 10 games, which leads QMJHL playoff scoring.
SaintJohnSeaDogs.com’s recap. Mathieu Gagnon and Christian Ouellet replied for the Sagueneens while Christopher Gibson made 27 saves in the loss.
Le Quotidien’s recap. Mathieu Corbeil was solid in net again.
UniversHockey.ca’s recap. The Sags find themselves in a 0-2 hole as the series shifts venues.
SN Live Blog Replay. Another win.
SERIES: Saint John now owns a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven semifinal playoff series as the scene shifts to Chicoutimi.
MISSING IN ACTION: The Sea Dogs were without forwards Tomas Jurco (shoulder) and Oliver Cooper (healthy) along with defenseman Spencer MacDonald (bicep).
Jurco, who was injured in the first few minutes of Friday’s game, took warm-up but did not play. Jurco’s injury is not believed to be too serious.
WELCOME BACK: Devon Oliver-Dares returned to the Saint John lineup on Sunday afternoon. It was only his 19th game of the year and his first since February 3 in Drummondville where he broke his collarbone. It’s been a rough season for Oliver-Dares.
The forward played well on Sunday and recorded one shot on goal and two hits while playing on the fourth line. He had a great scoring chance but missed an open net.
GALIEV: Stanislav Galiev is having a good series. With two goals on Sunday, Galiev now has three goals and an assist in the first two matches of this semifinal series.
The Russian now has 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points, tying him with Zack Phillips for second in team playoff scoring. The line of Galiev-Phillips-Coyle has been unbelievable this post-season with the three combining for 70 points in 10 games.
GAGNE: Defenseman Kevin Gagne is also having a strong series. He added two assists on Sunday to give him five helpers in the first two contests of this series.
Gagne has two goals and 11 assists for 13 points and sits sixth in team playoff scoring. He has one more point than Danick Gauthier has this post-season.
BEAUREGARD: Former Sea Dog Alexandre Beauregard did not play. According to News 88.9’s blog, he “was dealing with shoulder, foot and other injuries.” He did play in Friday’s Game 1.
The other former Sea Dogs – defensemen Gabriel Bourret and Guillaume Cloutier – had uneventful games. Bourret did record an assist though, helping setup Christian Ouellet’s third period marker.
STREAK: Saint John is now a perfect 10-0 in the post-season. Going back to the regular season, they have won 13 straight games. Their last loss was on March 11 in Shawinigan.
SHORTY: Jonathan Huberdeau’s shorthanded marker at 14:29 of the second period basically won the game. With Ian Saab in the box, the Sags were given a power play and could have made it a 3-2 game. Instead, Charlie Coyle setup Huberdeau to give Saint John a 4-1 advantage. Huge goal.
That was Saint John’s second shorthanded goal of the playoffs. Chicoutimi has two against.
NOTES: It was announced that former Sea Dogs goaltender Robert Mayer was at the game… Galiev had a Sea Dogs high five shots… Charlie Coyle was throwing people around all game. He finished with a team high five hits… Mathieu Gagnon had six shots for Chicoutimi… Andrew O’Brien and Simon Trembaly had three hits each… buckle up for tomorrow’s game. That building is going to be nuts.
HIGHLIGHTS: Courtesy of SeaDogsTV.
- Harbour Station couldn’t have been much quieter yesterday.
- Is the playing of Sweet Caroline at second intermission going to actually become a thing?
- Refs called a pretty good game yesterday. Weren’t allowing a lot of garbage after whistles.
NEXT GAME: Game 3 of the series is tomorrow night at 8:30pm in Chicoutimi.