Friday, April 7, 2017

Playoff Game Day: Game 1 vs Foreurs

The Saint John Sea Dogs begin their second round series against the Val-d'Or Foreurs tonight at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Series status: This is the first game of the best-of-seven second round playoff series.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-3 win in Rimouski on March 29. Saint John goals came from Thomas Chabot, Kyle Ward, Matthew Highmore and Simon Bourque. Callum Booth made 13 saves in the win. The Foreurs are coming off a 5-1 home win over the Shawinigan Cataractes on April 2. Charley Graaskamp scored two goals while singles came from Maxim Mizyurin, Mathieu Nadeau and Alexis Pepin. Etienne Montpetit made 38 saves in the victory.

2016-17 regular season head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 2-0-0-0 against the Foreurs during the regular season while Val-d'Or went 0-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Foreurs: Defenceman Jason Bell and goaltender Alex Bishop.

Random stat: Saint John had the best power play (29.9%) during the regular season while Val-d'Or had the worst penalty kill (71.1%).

Three Things to Know
1. The Foreurs pulled off a major upset in the opening round, eliminating the third-seeded Shawinigan Cataractes in six games. This comes a season after they were the victims of a huge first round upset.

2. Val-d'Or's Mathieu Nadeau (four goals and six assists) and Saint John's Thomas Chabot (three goals and seven assists) are tied for second in league playoff scoring with 10 points each.

3. The Foreurs were just 9-23-1-1 on the road during the regular season but went 2-1 in Shawinigan during the first round.

Notes: Thomas Chabot leads Saint John in scoring with 10 points... Chabot, Mathieu Joseph, Bokondji Imama and Spencer Smallman each have a team high three goals... Chabot's seven assists leads the team... Mathieu Nadeau leads Val-d'Or in scoring with 10 points... Nadeau, Charley Graaskamp and Alexis Pepin each have a team high four goals... Nadeau and David Noel have a Foreurs high six assists... Etienne Montpetit has the third best save percentage (.937) this post-season... the Foreurs are averaging a league low 7.67 penalty minutes per game... Val-d'Or had the league's best power play in the first round with a rating of 37.5%... Saint John's power play struggled in the opening round, running at 12.5%... the Sea Dogs are a perfect 15/15 on penalty kills... Nadeau has goals in three straight games.

Regular season numbers:
Out of town:
Chicoutimi at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EDT

Next game: Game 2 of the series is tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

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