Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Cup Game Day: at Erie

The Saint John Sea Dogs and Erie Otters meet in the Memorial Cup semifinal tonight at 8 p.m. at Windsor's WFCU Centre. Game time is 8 p.m.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Sportsnet and TVA Sports/96.1 NewSong FM/SN Now and CHL Live

Tournament status: The Sea Dogs are 1-2 following loses to Windsor and Erie and a win over Seattle. Erie is 2-1 following wins over Saint John and Seattle and a loss to Windsor.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 7-0 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday at WFCU Centre. Joe Veleno scored twice for Saint John while Chase Stewart, Mathieu Joseph, Spencer Smallman, Cole Reginato and Bokondji Imama added singles. Callum Booth made 31 saves in the shutout victory. The Otters are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Windsor Spitfires on Wednesday. Kyle Maksimovich and Taylor Raddysh scored for Erie. Troy Timpano made 15 saves in the loss.

Head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 0-1 all-time against the Otters while Erie is 1-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: You all remember what happened.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Otters: None.

Random stat: Neither of these teams have ever won a Memorial Cup semifinal game. The Otters lost to Victoriaville in 2002 and Saint John lost to Shawinigan in 2012. The Sea Dogs did not play in the semifinal game in 2011.

Three Things to Know
1. The Otters will be the home team tonight. The Sea Dogs have been the road team just once - opening night against Windsor - in this tournament.

2. The Otters have scored a tournament high 18 goals, 12 of which came in their win over Saint John.

3. Erie last lost back-to-back games in their third round series against the Owen Sound. One of those loses came in overtime.

Notes: Mathieu Joseph leads Saint John in scoring with two goals and two assists for four points... Joseph, Spencer Smallman, Joe Veleno and Cedric Pare all lead the team in goals with two... a bunch of players have two assists, which is a team high... Taylor Raddysh leads the Otters in scoring with nine points... Dylan Strome leads the team in goals with five... Taylor Raddysh has a team high six assists.

Next game: If the Sea Dogs win, they'll play in Sunday's championship game against the Windsor Spitfires. If the Sea Dogs lose, we'll see you all at the QMJHL Entry Draft next Saturday at Harbour Station.

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