Friday, May 19, 2017

Memorial Cup Game Day: at Windsor

The Saint John Sea Dogs begin Memorial Cup play tonight at 8 p.m. against the host Windsor Spitfires. Puck drop is expected to be around 8:20 p.m. at the WFCU Centre.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Sportsnet and TVA Sports/96.1 NewSong FM/SN NOW and NeuLion

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 5-1 win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in Game 4 of the President Cup Final on May 10. Spencer Smallman scored twice while singles came from Bokondji Imama, Simon Bourque and Matthew Highmore. Callum Booth made 20 saves in the win. The Spitfires' last game was on April 4 against the London Knights, a Game 7 first round loss. Jeremy Bracco and Aaron Luchuk scored for Windsor. Michael DiPietro made 23 stops in the loss.

Head-to-head: This is the first ever meeting between the two teams.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Spitfires: None.

Random stat: The two teams have a combined 20 NHL drafted or signed players on their rosters.

Three Things to Know
1. Saint John is 3-1 vs OHL teams all-time at the Memorial Cup, defeating Mississauga twice, Owen Sound once and losing to London.

2. Saint John had the best penalty kill in the QMJHL's post-season with a rating of 89.7%. They also scored six shorthanded goals.

3. This will be the Spitfires' first game action since April 4, where they were eliminated in Game 7 of their first round playoff series against the London Knights.

Notes: Mathieu Joseph leads Saint John in points (32), goals (13) and assists (19) this post-season... Spencer Smallman and Julien Guathier are each tied for second in goals with 11 each... Gabriel Vilardi led the Spitfires in playoff points with six... Jeremiah Addison had a team high five playoff goals... Sean Day led the team in playoff assists with five... Jeremy Bracco led the Spitfires in regular season scoring with 83 points... Windsor was 27-6-1-0 at the WFCU Centre this regular season... Julien Gauthier has goals in three straight games... Mathieu Joseph has points in five straight games overall and nine straight on the road... Saint John has won six straight overall and three straight at home.

Next game: The Sea Dogs take on the Erie Otters on Monday at 8 p.m.

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