Wednesday, March 30, 2016

PLAYOFF GAME DAY 4: at Bathurst

It’s do or die for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan tonight. The Saint John Sea Dogs, who lead the first round best-of-seven playoff series 3-0, can eliminate the Titan with a win. Game time is 7 p.m. at the KC Irving Regional Centre.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Series status: Saint John leads the best-of-seven first round series 3-0.

Game 1 (March 25): Bathurst 1, Saint John 4
Game 2 (March 26): Bathurst 2, Saint John 4
Game 3 (March 29): Saint John 7, Bathurst 1
Game 4 (March 30): Saint John at Bathurst

Last game: The Sea Dogs defeated the Titan 7-1 at the KC Irving Regional Centre last night. Mathieu Joseph had a hat trick while singles came from Daniel Del Paggio, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Sam Povorozniouk and Joe Veleno. Christophe Boivin scored Bathurst’s only goal. Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 31 saves in the win. Reilly Pickard made 27 stops in the loss.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 6-1-2-0 against the Titan in the regular season while Bathurst went 3-5-0-1 against Saint John.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: Defenseman Jason Bell and forward Dawson Theede

Player to watch: With a hat trick last night, Mathieu Joseph has points in nine straight games dating back to the regular season. Joseph has registered eight goals and seven assists during the stretch.

Three Things to know
1. The Sea Dogs have won three straight playoff games in Bathurst. Their only loss came on April 8, 2008 in game three of the second round of the 2008 post-season.

2. Mathieu Joseph and Sam Povorozniouk are tied with Rouyn-Noranda’s AJ Greer for the league lead in playoff goals with five.

3. Titan rookie Antoine Morand, who had an impressive 14 goals and 36 assists in 48 regular season games, has just one assist in this series and is a -7. The Titan have really struggled to score.

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

Next game: If the Titan win, game five is Friday night at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station. If the Sea Dogs win, game one of the second round will be whenever at Harbour Station. 

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