Monday, May 1, 2017

Sea Dogs to face expansion cousins in league final

The Saint John Sea Dogs will face their expansion cousins in the President Cup Final.

The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada/Montreal Junior/St. John's Fog Devils advanced to their first QMJHL final on Saturday, eliminating the Charlottetown Islanders in five games in the semifinal.

The Sea Dogs advanced to the league final - their fourth appearance in franchise history and first since 2012 - last night, eliminating the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in six games.

The Sea Dogs will have home ice advantage. The series will follow a typical 2-2-1-1-1 format with the first games being held at Harbour Station this Friday and Saturday.

Here is the full schedule:
This is the first ever playoff meeting between the two franchises, who entered the league at the same time in 2005.

The two teams split their regular season meetings. On Oct. 12, the Armada edged the Sea Dogs 3-2 in overtime in the Montreal suburbs. Then on Dec. 11, Saint John downed Blainville-Boisbriand 4-1 at Harbour Station.

Blainville-Boisbriand finished fifth overall in the regular standings with a 43-19-4-2 record.

The Armada have been led by Alex Barre-Boulet this post-season, who leads the QMJHL in scoring with 29 points. Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Pierre-Luc Dubois is second on the team in points while goaltender Samuel Montembeault has been excellent, posting a 12-2 record with a 1.95 GAA and .923 SV%.

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