Friday, May 5, 2017

Playoffs Game Day: Game 1 vs Armada

The QMJHL's President Cup Final begins tonight with the Saint John Sea Dogs hosting the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in Game 1. Game time is 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV and TVA Sports/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Series status: This is Game 1 of the best-of-seven President Cup Final series.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a wild 6-5 win in Chicoutimi on Sunday. Joe Veleno, Jakub Zboril, Julien Gauthier, Thomas Chabot, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Bokondji Imama all scored for Saint John. Callum Booth made 16 stops in the win. The Armada are coming off a 5-2 win in Charlottetown last Saturday. Alexandre Allain scored twice while singles came from Alexander Katerinakis, Anthony Poulin and Alex Barre-Boulet. Samuel Montembeault made 31 saves in the victory.

2016-17 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 1-0-1-0 against the Armada during the regular season while Blainville-Boisbriand went 1-1-0-0 against Saint John.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Armada: None

Random stat: This is the third straight round that the Armada have played a Maritimes Division team, defeating Bathurst in seven games in round two and Charlottetown in five games last round. The Sea Dogs, a Maritimes Division team, will not play a Maritimes team this post-season.

Three Things to Know
1. Blainville-Boisbriand's Alex Barre-Boulet leads the QMJHL in points (29), goals (14) and assists (15) this post-season.

2. The Sea Dogs are 6-0-1 at home this post-season while the Armada are 5-3 on the road.

3. An interesting look at Callum Booth's post-season numbers.
Notes: Mathieu Joseph leads Saint John in scoring with 22 points in these playoffs. He also leads the team in goals with 11... Thomas Chabot has a team high 14 assists... as mentioned above, Alex Barre-Boulet leads the Armada and league in points (29), goals (14) and assists (15)... Pierre-Luc Dubois is second on the team in all offensive categories... Callum Booth has a league best GAA of 1.85 while Samuel Montembeault is second with a 1.95 GAA... Chabot leads all QMJHL defencemen in scoring with 19 points... the Armada have the league's second best power play this post-season (32.8%)... Saint John has posted the league's best penalty kill rating (88.5%)... the Dogs have scored a league high five shorthanded goals... Spencer Smallman has points in five straight games... the Armada have won four straight games, including two straight on the road.

Regular season head-to-head:
Next game: Game 2 of the series goes tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

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