Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sea Dogs vs Sea Dog Monday at WJC

TORONTO - The good news is that at least one Saint John Sea Dog will play in the semifinals of this year's World Junior Hockey Championship.

The bad news is that at least one Saint John Sea Dog will be eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Thomas Chabot, Mathieu Joseph and Team Canada take on Jakub Zboril and the Czech Republic tomorrow in Montreal. The winner advances to the Wednesday's semifinals.

The other quarterfinals matches feature Denmark facing Russia (2 p.m.), Sweden taking on Slovakia (4:30 p.m.) and the United States battling Switzerland (6:30 p.m.).

The Canadians lost their final game of the preliminary round, falling 3-1 to the US on Saturday at Air Canada Centre. Chabot had Canada's lone goal and led all skaters in ice time by a significant amount (he played 27:45!). The Sea Dogs defenceman was named Canada's Player of the Game for the second time this tournament.

Rouyn-Noranda's Philippe Myers, who has been paired with Chabot, suffered a concussion in the game is questionable for the remainder of the tournament.

The loss dropped Canada to 3-1, placing them second in Group B behind the Americans.

The Czech Republic also lost its final game of the preliminary round, falling 5-2 to Sweden. Zboril had four shots in 17:54 of ice time.

Monday's Canada-Czech game takes place at 9 p.m. and can be seen on TSN. This game, along with the semifinals and medal games, will be played at Montreal's Bell Centre.

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