Thursday, April 12, 2012

POSTSCRIPT: Sea Dogs 5, Drakkar 3

A collection of recaps from yesterday’s 5-3 Saint John Sea Dogs win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar…

Our recap. It was a wild night at the Henry Leonard Centre as fans continuously threw garbage on the ice. The Drakkar opened the scoring but the Dogs battled back. Baie-Comeau would never lead again.

News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s recaps.

The Canadian Press’ recap. The Sea Dogs advanced to the semifinals of the QMJHL playoffs for the third year in a row and the fourth time in five seasons.

Plein Jour de Baie-Comeau’s recap. The Drakkar scored first… but still lost.

Le Soleil’s recap. Jonathan Huberdeau gave the Drakkar some credit for a hard fought final two games of this series.’s recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs faced their closest call of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs but still managed to advance to the President’s Cup semifinal.

SN Live Blog replay. Total meltdown by the Baie-Comeau fans last night.

MISSING IN ACTION: The Sea Dogs were without forwards Devon Oliver-Dares (collarbone), Jason Cameron (healthy), and Dylan McGuigan (healthy) along with defensemen Spencer MacDonald (bicep) and Jordan Moore (healthy).

Oliver Cooper played his first game since March 28, which was Game 4 of the first round.

SWEEP: The Sea Dogs improved to a perfect 8-0 in the playoffs with the sweep of the Drakkar. With Quebec’s loss last night in Halifax, Saint John is the last team remaining without a loss.

Saint John has yet to a lose a second round series in the four times they have made it this far. Only once before – 2010 versus Gatineau under the league’s terrible old playoff format – did the Dogs sweep the series.

HUBERDEAU: Jonathan Huberdeau ended up the game-winner. He scored at 12:40 on a power play in the second period to give the Sea Dogs a 4-2 lead at the time. He added an empty-netter with five seconds remaining in the contest.

After a slow start to this series, Huberdeau finishes with four goals and three assists in the four matches.

COYLE: After being shutout on Tuesday night, Charlie Coyle was back to his sniper ways on Wednesday. At 12:26, Coyle had the sticks chopped out of his hands and was awarded a penalty shot. He would score on his free chance, making a move to his forehand and sliding the disc in. This all came while shorthanded, giving Sir Charles the rare shorthanded penalty shot playoff goal.

Coyle now has 11 goals and 21 points in eight playoff games. He sits second in playoff scoring, two points back of Zack Phillips.

GALIEV: Scary moment at 12:05 of the second when Alexandre Chenevert nailed Stanislav Galiev from behind and into the boards. Galiev sat on the ice for a couple minutes with Jeff Kelly before heading to the dressing room. He returned a few minutes later. Chenevert only got two minutes for the hit.

“In what can only be described as a classless act, the music director at Centre Henry-Leonard played the sound of a crying baby through the public address system as Galiev made his way off the ice,” writes Tim Roszell in his blog.

Huberdeau would score the eventual game-winner on that power play. That’s how it works.

FANS: After throwing seafood on the ice on Tuesday night, Drakkar fans completely lost it last night. They repeatedly threw garbage on the ice and caused delays. Things boiled over late in the second period as fans started to flip out over the officiating.

According to Roszell’s blog, a stick from the Baie-Comeau bench was thrown on the ice which resulted in a bench minor. It's amazing that Nathan MacKinnon didn't want to play in this kind of environment.

SECOND PERIOD: The Sea Dogs got back to their strong second period ways in this one, scoring three times and outshooting Baie-Comeau 19-7. Saint John fired 45 shots on goal overall.

TESINK: Ryan Tesink had a strong series. He had two goals last night to give him four in the series. He has five goals and five assists in eight playoff games.

POWER PLAY: After scoring unlimited power play goals in the first two games, Saint John struggled on the man advantage in the final two. They went 0/4 on Tuesday and 1/9 last night. Worth noting though – Baie-Comeau had the best home penalty kill in the league in the regular season (85.3%).

CARRIER: Solid series for Baie-Comeau’s Sam Carrier. The Drakkar had 10 goals and Carrier had five assists.

NOTES: Stephen MacAulay had two assists… Grant West fought Samuel Noreau again… Jonathan Huberdeau and Danick Gauthier both had seven shots. Tomas Jurco had six… Charlie Coyle and Gauthier both had four hits… David Rose had five shots for Baie-Comeau… overall, Saint John outscored the Drakkar 29-10 in this series… Sea Dogs have won 11 straight going back to the regular season… glad this series is over.

NEXT GAME: The semi-finals begin Friday, April 20 at 7:30pm at Harbour Station. It will take at least a few days before Saint John knows who they will play. 

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