Thursday, May 10, 2012

POSTSCRIPT: Sea Dogs 6, Oceanic 4

A collection of recaps from last night’s 6-4 Saint John Sea Dogs win over the Rimouski Oceanic…

Our recap. The Saint John Sea Dogs are a win away from their second straight Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Championship.

News 88.9’s recap. Featuring Tim Roszell’s goal calls.’s recap. Danick Gauthier scored twice for the Sea Dogs, with Stephen MacAulay, Stanislav Galiev and Tomas Jurco adding a goal and an assist each.

The Canadian Press' recap. "Our penalty killing was the difference tonight," Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant said. "It was a big test and we did a great job. We found a way to win without playing our best game, but we knew it was going to be tough tonight."

L’Avantage’s recap. Rimouski fans watched a wild Game 3.

Le Journal de Quebec’s recap. The Oceanic will need a miracle if they want to advance to the Memorial Cup.

SN Live Blog Replay. Danick Gauthier has 59 goals this year.

SERIES: Saint John now leads the best-of-seven President's Cup final 3-0.

MISSING IN ACTION: Scratches for Saint John were forwards Oliver Cooper (healthy), Grant West (healthy), Dylan McGuigan (healthy) and defensemen Spencer MacDonald (healthy) and Jordan Moore (healthy). Goaltender Richard Tingley has also joined the club but was scratched.

WELCOME BACK: Jonathan Huberdeau returned to the Sea Dogs lineup on Wednesday night after missing the first two games of the series with a suspension. He picked up one point, assisting on Danick Gauthier’s second period goal. He was also a -1 with two shots and one hit.

PENALTIES: There were plenty of penalties in the first period of this one. It was quite rare to see any five-on-five play. There were 10 penalties called in the first with Saint John earning six of them. They were calling everything.

There was only one penalty called in the second period before six were called in the third. Rimouski finished with seven power plays while Saint John had three.

"Our penalty killing was the difference tonight," Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant told The Canadian Press. "It was a big test and we did a great job. We found a way to win without playing our best game, but we knew it was going to be tough tonight."

FIRST GOAL: Charles Roussel opened the scoring at 8:53 of the first. The Sea Dogs are now a perfect 12-0 in the playoffs when scoring first.

GAME 3: The Sea Dogs are now 3-0 all-time in Game 3s of the President’s Cup final. A look back:

2010 QMJHL final: Game 3 - 6-4 win vs Moncton
2011 QMJHL final: Game 3 – 5-0 win at Gatineau
2012 QMJHL final: Game – 6-4 win at Rimouski

GAUTHIER: Danick Gauthier had a big night, recording two goals and earning first star honours. He also had three shots and two hits. Gauthier now has 12 goals this post-season, giving him 59 in the regular season and playoffs combined.

Scoring in Game 3 of the President’s Cup final is nothing new for Gauthier. He also scored in Game 3 of the 2010 final versus Moncton and Game 3 of last year’s final against Gatineau.

CHOUINARD: Rimouski netminder Jacob Gervais-Chouinard was pulled in the third period after allowing five goals on 20 shots. Carl Hozjan allowed one goal on four shots in relief.

Chouinard’s playoff numbers aren’t anything to brag about. He’s 10-5-1 but has a 3.17 goals against average and a 0.887 save percentage.

STRAKA: Petr Straka is having a good series offensively. With a goal last night, he now has three in the President’s Cup final. He had two markers in Saturday’s game at Harbour Station. Straka has 10 goals and 12 assists in 20 playoff games.

TWO POINTS: Stephen MacAulay, Tomas Jurco, and Stanislav Galiev all had a goal and an assist.

JGL: Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect Jerome Gauthier-Leduc had a goal, an assist, and a team high five shots but finished the night a -4.

CORBEIL: From Roszell’s blog:

Mathieu Corbeil picked up his 15th win of the post-season, and set a new team record for wins in a playoff year in the process. Marco Cousineau set the previous mark of 14 in 2010.

NOTES: Tomas Jurco had a Sea Dogs high four shots… Charlie Coyle led the Sea Dogs in hits with three… Alexandre Mallet and Samuel Morin both had four hits for Rimouski… Charlie Coyle now has 33 points in the playoffs… with an assist, Zack Phillips now has 30 points this post-season. That includes 22 assists… Maxime Villemaire picked up six minutes in penalties… the Sea Dogs were outshot 27-24… despite recording just 24 shots, only five Sea Dogs didn’t record a shot… Sea Dogs now have 95 goals in 16 playoff games… Saint John is now 10-0 when leading after two periods in the playoffs.

HIGHLIGHTS: From the Oceanic.

OUT OF TOWN: London beat the Niagara IceDogs 4-1 in Game 4 of the OHL Championship Series last night and now lead that series 3-1. Game 5 is tomorrow night on Sportsnet.

NEXT GAME: Game 4 of this series goes down tonight at 8:30pm at Colisee de Rimouski.

Photo Credit: L'Avantage

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