Saturday, April 8, 2017

Playoff Game Day: Game 2 vs Foreurs

After a thrilling overtime win last night, the Saint John Sea Dogs look to go up 2-0 on the Val-d'Or Foreurs in their second round playoff series this evening. Game 2 is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

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

Series status: The Sea Dogs lead the best-of-seven second round playoff series 1-0.

Last game: Saint John fired 68 shots on goal in a 2-1 overtime win over Val-d'Or in last night's Game 1. Spencer Smallman and Samuel Dove-McFalls scored for Saint John while the Foreurs' lone goal came from Alexis Pepin. Etienne Montpetit made an incredible 66 saves in the loss while Callum Booth made 13 in the win.

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: The Sea Dogs have outscored opponents 10-1 in third periods this post-season.

Three Things to Know
1. It'll be interesting to see how these two teams play tonight. Will Etienne Montpetit be exhausted? Will one team or both be fatigued? Can either make enough adjustments to produce more scoring?

2. Etienne Montpetit now has a league best save percentage of .945 this post-season. Of the remaining playoff teams, the Foreurs are averaging a league high 40.75 shots against per game.

3. Etienne Montpetit.

Notes: Thomas Chabot leads Saint John in scoring with 10 points... Spencer Smallman has a team high four goals... Chabot's seven assists leads the team... Mathieu Nadeau leads Val-d'Or in points with 11... Alexis Pepin has a team high five goals... Nadeau leads the team in assists with seven... Saint John is 3-0 at home this post-season... the Foreurs are 2-2 on the road... Chabot continues to lead all defencemen in playoff scoring... Saint John is averaging the second most goals per game (4.65) and shots per game (44.13) in these playoffs... Matthew Highmore has assists in five straight games.

Regular season numbers:
Out of town:
Cape Breton at Charlottetown - 7:30 PM ADT
Acadie-Bathurst at Blainville-Boisbriand - 7:00 PM EDT
Chicoutimi at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:00 PM EDT

Next game: The series will shift to Val-d'Or for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

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