On May 10, 2012, the Sea Dogs completed a four-game sweep of the Oceanic with a convincing 8-0 road victory, giving Saint John their second straight QMJHL championship. Saint John will look to repeat that success tonight when they take on the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in Game 4 of the 2017 President Cup Final. Like 2012, the Dogs enter Game 4 with a 3-0 series lead.
Saint John has won both of its previous President Cup titles on the road, winning in Gatineau in 2011 and Rimouski in 2012. The Sea Dogs, it seems, have a long history of winning big playoff games on the road. Of all the series wins Saint John has had over the years, only five have been decided on Harbour Station ice.
|Year||Series Win||Games||Deciding Game|
|2008||1st round vs PEI||4||Road|
|2008||2nd round vs BAT||6||Road|
|2010||1st round vs PEI||5||Home|
|2010||2nd round vs GAT||4||Road|
|2010||3rd round vs VIC||6||Home|
|2011||1st round vs CAP||4||Road|
|2011||2nd round vs VIC||5||Road|
|2011||3rd round vs LEW||4||Road|
|2011||4th round vs GAT||6||Road|
|2012||1st round vs CAP||4||Road|
|2012||2nd round vs BAC||4||Road|
|2012||3rd round vs CHI||5||Home|
|2012||4th round vs RIM||4||Road|
|2016||1st round vs BAT||5||Home|
|2016||2nd round vs CAP||7||Home|
|2017||1st round vs RIM||4||Road|
|2017||2nd round vs VAL||4||Road|
|2017||3rd round vs CHI||6||Road|
If the Sea Dogs clinch the President Cup on the road this year, they will have clinched all four rounds away from Harbour Station, which they previously did in 2011.
Unlike the 2011 and 2012 championships, Saint John has not played any teams from within their division to get to this point. A President Cup championship would give the Sea Dogs franchise three titles, the most by any Maritimes team (we're not including the Laval Titan's titles).
A win by the Dogs tonight would also be the first sweep in a President Cup final since Saint John did so in 2012.