There is little room for error if the Saint John Sea Dogs want to finish second overall in the QMJHL standings.
The Sea Dogs currently sit in third place, one point behind the Shawinigan Cataractes with one game in hand. Saint John’s final three games will be played in Bathurst (16th overall, .431 winning percentage) on Tuesday and Cape Breton (7th, .591) on Friday and Saturday.
The Cataractes will play their final two games of the regular season at home on Friday against Sherbrooke (14th, .432) and Blainville-Boisbriand (13th, .447) on Saturday.
Given how Cape Breton has played of late, it certainly looks like Shawinigan has the easier schedule. But, the Phoenix are 1-1-1-1 against the Cataractes this season while the Armada are 2-0-1-0. And given the fact that you never really know how a team will play on the final weekend of the regular season, anything is still possible.
The ideal scenario for the Sea Dogs is to simply win all three remaining games, which would place them second overall no matter what the Cataractes did. Shawinigan currently holds the point tie breaker (regulation time wins plus overtime wins).
Saint John, by the way, is 6-1-1-0 against the Titan and 6-1-0-0 against the Screaming Eagles.
In other news…
- The Sea Dogs announced Monday that they’ve recalled forward Jordan King from the MHL’s Amherst Ramblers. According to GM Darrell Young, King will remain with the club for the rest of the season.
- King finished second on the Ramblers in scoring this season with 17 goals and 49 points in 43 games. The 18-year-old has recorded one assist in eight games with the Sea Dogs this year.
- Former Sea Dogs forward Dawson Theede will not be playing against his old team on Tuesday thanks to a three-game suspension.
- Thomas Chabot topped Hockey’s Future’s list of NHL drafted defenseman playing in the QMJHL. Jakub Zboril was third.
- Former Sea Dog Oliver Cooper was named the MVP of the Charlottetown Islanders on Monday night.
- Nice feature on former Sea Dogs goaltender Jacob DeSerres.
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