Friday, April 28, 2017

Playoffs Game Day: Game 5 vs Sagueneens

The semifinal series between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Chicoutimi Sagueneens is now a best-of-three. Game 5 of the series goes tonight at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

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

Series status: The best-of-seven President Cup semifinal series is tied 2-2.

Last game: The Sagueneens won Game 4 by score of 4-3 on Wednesday in Chicoutimi. Brendan Hamelin scored twice for the Sags while singles came from Mark Bzowey and Joey Ratelle. The Sea Dogs had a pair of goals from Mathieu Joseph and a solo marker from Bokondji Imama. Julio Billia made 30 saves in the win. Callum Booth made 19 saves in the loss.

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

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Sagueneens: None.

Random stat: Nicolas Roy has two goals and three assists so far in this series. Mathieu Joseph, meanwhile, has a goal and five assists.

Three Things to Know
1. Chicoutimi's Brendan Hamelin suffered a concussion on Wednesday. He left the game on a stretcher (awake and alert) after getting hit hard by Jakub Zboril at the blue line.
2. Mathieu Joseph and Matthew Highmore have points in all 12 Sea Dogs playoff games so far.

3. I discussed yesterday why this is, perhaps, a must-win game for Saint John. The Sagueneens have five loses this post-season but have yet to lose back-to-back games, meaning a Dogs win in Game 6 could be difficult if Saint John loses tonight.

Notes: Mathieu Joseph leads Saint John in points with 20 and goals with 11... Matthew Highmore has a team high 13 assists... Dmitry Zhukenov leads the Sags in points with 20 and assists with 15... Nicolas Roy and Joey Ratelle have a team high eight goals... Callum Booth has posted a 1.81 GAA and .935 SV% so far in this series... Saint John is 5-1 at home... Chicoutimi is 5-3 on the road... the Sagueneens are 6-0 when scoring first this post-season... Julien Gauthier has goals in three straight home games.

Regular season head-to-head:
Out of town:
No other games

Next game: Game 6 of this series is on Sunday at 5 p.m. in Chicoutimi.

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