Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Playoffs Game Day: Game 4 at Rimouski

The Saint John Sea Dogs can advance to the second round of the President Cup playoffs with a victory over the Rimouski Oceanic tonight. Game time for Game 4 is 8:30 p.m. in Rimouski.

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

Series status: The Sea Dogs lead the first round best-of-seven series 3-0.

Last game: The Sea Dogs won Game 4 last night in Rimouski by score of 5-2. Bokondji Imama scored twice for Saint John while singles came from Jakub Zboril, Matthew Highmore and Joe Veleno. Denis Mikhnin and Nico Blachman had goals for the Oceanic. Callum Booth made 10 saves in the win. Alexandre Lagace made 33 stops in the loss.

2016-17 regular season head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 2-0-0-0 against the Oceanic in the regular season while Rimouski went 0-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Oceanic: Forward Nico Blachman and defenceman Vincent Martineau.

Random stat: The Sea Dogs have swept seven playoff series in their history. The last came in the final round of the 2012 playoffs against none other than the Oceanic.

Three Things to Know
1. Thomas Chabot leads all QMJHL defencemen in playoff scoring with seven points (two goals and five assists). He is third overall in league scoring.

2. Saint John has scored a league high 18 goals so far this post-season.

3. The Sea Dogs are one of six teams who can complete sweeps tonight. Only two series - Shawinigan - Val-d'Or and Rouyn-Noranda - Halifax - are not at 3-0 after three games.

Notes: Thomas Chabot leads the Sea Dogs in playoff scoring with seven points... Mathieu Joseph, Bokondji Imama and Spencer Smallman all lead the team in goals with three... Chabot has a team high five assists... Denis Mikhnin leads the Oceanic in scoring with three points. He also has a team high two goals... Louis-Philippe Denis leads the team in assists with two... Saint John's penalty kill has killed off all 13 man advantages the Oceanic have had.

Out of town:
Rouyn-Noranda at Halifax - 7:00 PM ADT
Blainville-Boisbriand at Drummondville - 7:00 PM EDT
Acadie-Bathurst at Qu├ębec - 7:00 PM EDT
Chicoutimi at Victoriaville - 7:00 PM EDT
Charlottetown at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EDT
Cape Breton at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EDT
Shawinigan at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EDT

Next game: If the Oceanic win tonight, Game 5 is on Friday at Harbour Station.

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