Monday, May 7, 2012

Sea Dogs Notebook

Here’s Mayor Ivan Court supporting the Sea Dogs and the “Free Huberdeau” campaign. We can confirm that he stayed for the duration of Friday’s double-overtime win.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Championship Series now shifts to Rimouski for Games 3, 4 and possibly 5. Saint John and Rimouski have a few days to prepare with Game 3 not being played until Wednesday night at Colisee Rimouski.

The Sea Dogs own a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven final thanks to back-to-back 3-2 wins at Harbour Station over the weekend.

Oh, and the best player in the league returns on Wednesday. No big deal. 

The 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup begins in less than two weeks. The first game of the national championship will be played on Friday, May 18 with the host Shawinigan Cataractes facing the Western Hockey League champion.

The QMJHL champion will have one of the better schedules at the tournament with a day in between each round robin game. The Q champ will play their first game on Saturday, May 19 against the Ontario Hockey League champion.

The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-3 last night to take a 2-1 series lead in the WHL Championship Series. Game 4 is tomorrow night in Portland.

Game 3 of the OHL Championship Series is tonight in London. The Knights and Niagara IceDogs are tied 1-1 heading into the game.

Saint John’s win in Game 2 of the President’s Cup final on Saturday night was a first for the Sea Dogs. In each of the past two league finals the Dogs had lost Game 2 of the series.

In 2010, the Moncton Wildcats wrecked the Sea Dogs with a 9-3 victory at the Coliseum. The game will always be remembered for this photo of Gerard Gallant.

Then last year, the Gatineau Olympiques won Game 2 by score of 3-2 at Harbour Station. Gatineau won two of the three games played in Saint John in last year’s league final.

We’ve been updating this table throughout the playoffs so might as well keep it going. Here’s all the playoff overtime games that have gone down in Sea Dogs history.

YearRound, GameOpponentScoreScorer
2008Round 2, Game 6at Bathurst5-4 WinPayton Liske
2009Round 1, Game 1at Cape Breton5-4 LossJoey Haddad
2010Round 1, Game 4at PEI2-1 WinTomas Jurco
2010Round 4, Game 4at Moncton3-2 WinNick Petersen
2011Round 2, Game 4at Victoriaville5-4 WinJonathan Huberdeau
2011Round 3, Game 1vs Lewiston5-4 WinStephen MacAulay
2011Round 4, Game 4at Gatineau4-3 WinRyan Tesink
2011Round 4, Game 6at Gatineau3-2 WinAlex Beauregard
2012Round 3, Game 3at Chicoutimi5-4 LossEtienne Brodeur
2012Round 3, Game 4at Chicoutimi3-2 WinCharlie Coyle
2012Round 3, Game 5vs Chicoutimi4-3 WinStanislav Galiev
2012Round 4, Game 1vs Rimouski3-2 WinZack Phillips

Saint John improved their record to 10-2 all-time in playoff overtime games.

In Fred MacDonald’s column on Saturday in The Guardian, he discussed the number of connections the Sea Dogs have to PEI.

The Sea Dogs have a number of Island-born players in the lineup, including Spencer MacDonald, son of UPEI great Wilf MacDonald, Jason Cameron of Clyde River and I believe Jeremy Moore as well. Moore is grandson of Kip Ready, one of P.E.I.’s top all-around athletes from the 1960s era.

We assume he is referring to Jordan Moore. Islander Dylan McGuigan has also been with the team of late according to News 88.9’s blog.

Defenseman Kevin Gagne is having an impressive post-season offensively. He has two goals and 12 assists for 14 points in 15 games. He had seven points in last year’s playoff run and 35 in 68 regular season games this year.

Gagne is tied with Charles Roussel for third in scoring by defensemen. Rimouski’s Jerome Gauthier-Leduc is first with 17.

Took this photo from the Harbour Station pedway on Saturday.

Seriously though, the ice cream is the only thing worth buying at HS.

Buzzing The Net had an article on former Sea Dog/current Oceanic forward Scott Oke on Friday.

"Saint John asked me about being traded so I had a feeling I was going to be moved." Oke told Mike Beasley.

"Leaving Saint John and my Sea Dogs teammates was difficult at first but playing in Rimouski for the Oceanic has been a great experience," Oke said. "I know all the guys on their team so it should be a lot fun playing against them and a real competitive series."

Via SeaDogsTV, here’s post-game reaction from Friday’s Game 1 double-overtime win.


  1. I'd have to give some credit to the fries at Harbour Station.

  2. orange slushies too.