The Sea Dogs seem to have a tradition of blowing out teams in their first game of the playoffs - especially when they are the No. 1 seeded team (which should come as no surprise under the current 1 vs 16 format).
While nine goals is a lot, it didn't reach the team record of 13 goals scored in a playoff opener or tie for the second most - which has been done twice (10 goals).
Here's a look at how the Sea Dogs have performed in every round one, game one in team history.
|2007-08||10-4 win vs PEI||4-0 Win||Lost semifinal|
|2008-09||5-4 OTL at CAP||4-0 Loss||Lost first round|
|2009-10||8-3 win vs PEI||4-1 Win||Lost final|
|2010-11||10-0 win vs CAP||4-0 Win||Championship|
|2011-12||13-4 win vs CAP||4-0 Win||Championship|
|2012-13||11-1 loss at HAL||4-0 Loss||Lost first round|
|2014-15||3-1 loss at BAC||4-1 Loss||Lost first round|
|2015-16||4-1 win vs BAT||4-1 Win||Lost semifinal|
|2016-17||9-2 win vs RIM||1-0 Lead||TBD|
Notably, the Sea Dogs have also been on the other side of a blow out, falling 11-1 to eventual Memorial Cup champion Halifax in 2013 (yet the Sea Dogs lost Game 2 by a final of only 2-1).
History indicates that Friday's result has set the Sea Dogs up for success. We'll see what happens this year.
Some other notes...
- It was a great Friday night of playoff hockey in the QMJHL. There was an overtime game (Cape Breton beat Gatineau 1-0), two upsets (Halifax defeated Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d'Or beat Shawinigan) and just one blowout (Saint John's 9-2 win). Hopefully these entertainment trends continue.
- In the OHL, the Memorial Cup hosting Windsor Spitfires earned a big 4-3 overtime win over the London Knights in Game 1 of that series.
- The QMJHL website notes that five of the last seven regular season champions went on to win the President Cup. It also notes that Saint John went 23-3-2 - a .821 win percentage - following the end of the world juniors and trading period (Jan. 9).
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