Monday, May 22, 2017

Memorial Cup Game Day: vs Otters

WINDSOR, Ont. - The Saint John Sea Dogs (0-1) look to rebound against the OHL champions, the Erie Otters (1-0), tonight at 8 p.m. at the 2017 Memorial Cup in Windsor.

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

Tournament status: The Otters are 1-0 at this year's tournament while the Sea Dogs are 0-1.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off an ugly 3-2 loss to the host Windsor Spitfires on Friday at WFCU Centre. Nathan Noel and Thomas Chabot scored for Saint John while Callum Booth made 20 saves in the loss. The Otters are coming off a 4-2 win over WHL champion Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday. Alex DeBrincat, Jordan Sambrook, Dylan Strome and Christian Girhiny scored for Erie. Troy Timpano made 18 stops in the victory.

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

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Otters: None.

Random stat: The Sea Dogs are 2-0 all-time in their second game at Memorial Cups. They defeated Owen Sound 3-2 in overtime in 2011 and Edmonton 5-2 in 2012.

Three Things to Know
1. The Sea Dogs were the road team for Friday's game but will be the home team tonight and again on Tuesday.

2. The Otters are led by the dangerous Alex DeBrincat, who had 65 goals in 63 regular season games and another 13 in 22 playoff matches.

3. Erie's power play operated at 25.7% in the playoffs. It'll go up against Saint John's penalty kill, which ran at 89.7% in the QMJHL playoffs.

Notes: The Sea Dogs were led by Mathieu Joseph this post-season who had a team high 13 goals, 19 assists and 32 points... Alex DeBrincat led Erie in playoff scoring with 38 points... Anthony Cirelli led the team in goals with 15... DeBrincat had a team high 25 assists... the Otters went 16-6 in the OHL playoffs... Darren Raddysh led all OHL defencemen in points (22), goals (eight) and assists (14)... Erie averaged just 9.32 penalty minutes per game in the playoffs, the second lowest in the OHL... the Otters are the road team tonight. They went 6-4 on the road in the playoffs... the Otters averaged 4.32 goals per game in the playoffs.

Next game: The Sea Dogs take on the Thunderbirds tomorrow at 8 p.m.

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