Friday, March 27, 2015

PLAYOFF GAME DAY 1: at Baie-Comeau

A preview of tonight’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Baie-Comeau Drakkar…

What: 2015 President Cup Playoffs, first round, game one

When and where: Tonight at 8:30 p.m., Henry Leonard Centre

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs finished the regular season third in the Maritimes Division and 10th overall in the QMJHL with a record of 32-26-4-6 for 74 points. The Drakkar finished fourth in the East Division and seventh overall with a 35-25-5-3 record for 78 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-1 win in Halifax last Saturday. Mark Tremaine had two goals while singles came from Samuel Dove-McFalls and Braydon Blight. Alex Bishop made 27 saves in the win. The Drakkar are coming off a 3-2 win over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on home ice on Saturday. Vaclav Karabacek, Maxime St-Cyr and Jeremy Gregoire scored for the Drakkar while Philippe Cadorette made 21 saves in the win.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 1-1-0-0 against the Drakkar in the regular season while Baie-Comeau went 1-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Previous meetings:
Saint John 1 @ Baie-Comeau 3 (Nov 15 2014) Final
Baie-Comeau 2 @ Saint John 6 (Oct 25 2014) Final

Last meeting: Nov. 15 in Baie-Comeau where the Drakkar defeated the Sea Dogs 3-1. Alexis Vanier, Nicolas Meloche and Luca Ciampini scored for the Drakkar while Samuel Dove-McFalls had Saint John’s goal. Philippe Cadorette made 26 saves in the win while Bobby Dugan made 20 stops in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Drakkar: None

Random stat: Mitchell Dempsey has a goal and two assists in two games against the Drakkar this year.

SJ notes: Nathan Noel led the Sea Dogs in regular season scoring with 62 points in 66 games… Noel and Adam Marsh led the team in goals with 24 each… Noel had a team high 38 assists… Samuel Dove-McFalls finished third in the league in shorthanded points with seven… Sebastien Auger’s save percentage of .901 was fourth best in the league… Saint John led the league in penalty minutes… 12-17-2-3 on the road this season… 19-8-1-1 when scoring first… 4-5-1-2 against East Division teams… Saint John’s power play finished third worst with a rating of 17.1%... Saint John had the third best penalty kill in the league with a rating of 80.7%... Spencer Smallman has assists in six straight games… Mark Tremaine has points in nine straight games… 3-6-1-0 in their last 10 games.

B-C notes: Maxime St-Cyr led the Drakkar in scoring this season with 84 points in 68 games… St-Cyr led the entire league in goals with 54… Frederic Gamelin had a team high 57 assists… Nicolas Leblond finished second in the league in penalty minutes… St-Cyr led the league in power play goals with 24… Philippe Cadorette led the league in minutes played and finished third in both wins (34) and losses (20)… Baie-Comeau finished second in penalty minutes… 26-5-1-2 at home this season… 26-9-3-0 when scoring first… 7-4-0-1 against Maritimes Division teams… the Drakkar had the 12th best power play in the league with a rating of 20.7%... Baie-Comeau had the fourth best penalty kill with a rating of 79.8%... Jeremy Gregoire has goals in four straight road games… 4-6-0-0 in their last 10 games.

Out of town:
Gatineau at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:00 PM EDT
Cape Breton at Québec - 7:00 PM EDT
Charlottetown at Sherbrooke - 7:00 PM EDT
Victoriaville at Rimouski - 7:30 PM EDT
Halifax at Shawinigan - 7:30 PM EDT
Rouyn-Noranda at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EDT

Next game: Game two of the series is tomorrow night at 5 p.m. in Baie-Comeau.

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