Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sea Dogs Will Play Oceanic In Final

The Saint John Sea Dogs will play the Rimouski Oceanic in the 2012 President’s Cup final.

The Oceanic advanced to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final with a 3-2 overtime win over the Halifax Mooseheads in Game 6 of their semifinal series today at the Metro Centre. Robbie DeFulviis scored the winner at 8:02 of OT.

The Mooseheads led 2-1 late in the third despite being outshot by a large margin. Former Sea Dog Scott Oke tied it at 15:47 to send the match into extra time. Fredericton native Peter Trainor had the other Rimouski goal. The Oceanic outshot the Moose 45-21.

Alexandre Grenier and Konrad Abeltshauser had the Halifax goals. Zach Fucale allowed three goals on 45 shots in the loss. The Moose were without captain Cameron Critchlow because of a controversial suspension.

The Oceanic were the seventh seed entering the playoffs, finishing the regular season with a record of 40-26-2-0 for 82 points. They swept Val-d’Or in the first round and then defeated Blainville-Boisbriand in seven games in the second round before eliminating the Moose in six today.

The Sea Dogs and Oceanic split their season series 1-1.

The President’s Cup final will begin on Friday night at 7:30pm at Harbour Station. The remainder of the schedule, which is expected to be of the 2-3-2 variety, should be released shortly. 

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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