Saturday, April 8, 2017

A historic night for Sea Dogs shooters

What a game last night. The Saint John Sea Dogs have been victims of great goaltending in the past, but never before like that. Here's a closer look at some of the numbers from last night's 68-shot, 2-1 Sea Dogs overtime win over the Val-d'Or Foreurs.
  • The previous high for shots by the Sea Dogs in a playoff game was 64, set during Game 4 of the 2011 President Cup final in Gatineau. The shot total was high in that game because it went to double overtime.
  • The team record - regular season and playoffs combined - was also broken on Friday. The previous high was 67, set on Jan. 11, 2011 (but that game didn't have the OT period).
  • The league record for shots in a playoff game is 89, set by the Hull Olympiques in 1999. Saint John's total last night places them in a tie for eighth all-time.
  • Kyle Ward was the only Sea Dog without a shot on goal last night. Julien Gauthier, Matthew Highmore and Cole Reginato led the way with seven each.
  • The 14 shots against were the second fewest the Sea Dogs have ever faced in a playoff game. The team record is 12, set in this year's opening round against Rimouski.
  • The Sea Dogs gave up just one shot in the third period. Saint John has given up zero shots in a period at least once in their regular season history (Jan. 24, 2010 in Gatineau).
  • As brought up during an intermission on Rogers TV, you have to wonder if these kinds of games are putting some rust on Callum Booth. Booth has faced more than 20 shots just once this post-season - and that was in Game 1 of the first round. He did make some key saves last night, though.
  • Saint John's power play connected last night, but still didn't look great at times. They are now 3/21 on the man advantage this post-season.
  • As mentioned by Danny Flynn during the Sea Dogs pre-game show on 96.1 NewSong FM, the two teams that were ranked above Saint John in the final CHL Top 10 - Regina at No. 1 and Erie at No. 2 - both lost their series opening games. Owen Sound, ranked fourth, also lost their first game.
  • A few tweets:
And let's not forget about how good the Sea Dogs franchise has been in playoff overtime. Here's an updated look at the big board:

YearRound, GameOpponentScoreScorer
2008Round 2, Game 6at Bathurst5-4 Win*Payton Liske
2009Round 1, Game 1at Cape Breton5-4 LossJoey Haddad
2010Round 1, Game 4at PEI2-1 WinTomas Jurco
2010Round 4, Game 4at Moncton3-2 WinNick Petersen
2011Round 2, Game 4at Victoriaville5-4 WinJonathan Huberdeau
2011Round 3, Game 1vs Lewiston5-4 WinStephen MacAulay
2011Round 4, Game 4at Gatineau4-3 Win^Ryan Tesink
2011Round 4, Game 6at Gatineau3-2 Win*^Alex Beauregard
2012Round 3, Game 3at Chicoutimi5-4 LossEtienne Brodeur
2012Round 3, Game 4at Chicoutimi3-2 WinCharlie Coyle
2012Round 3, Game 5vs Chicoutimi4-3 Win*Stanislav Galiev
2012Round 4, Game 1vs Rimouski3-2 Win^Zack Phillips
2016Round 1, Game 5vs Bathurst4-3 Win*Thomas Chabot
2016Round 2, Game 2vs Cape Breton4-3 WinJoe Veleno
2016Round 2, Game 5vs Cape Breton4-3 LossGiovanni Fiore
2016Round 3, Game 1at Shawinigan6-5 WinMatthew Highmore
2016Round 3, Game 4vs Shawinigan4-3 LossDanny Moynihan
2017Round 2, Game 1vs Val-d'Or2-1 WinSamuel D.-McFalls
*Series clincher
^Double overtime

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