Thursday, April 28, 2016

Another Do Or Die Game

For the third time this post-season, the Saint John Sea Dogs are facing elimination.

In round two against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, the Sea Dogs, down 3-2 in the series, won games six and seven to advance to the semifinals. They’ll have to win another elimination game tomorrow night in Shawinigan if they want to stay alive. Game time is 8:30 p.m. at Centre Gervais Auto.

The Sea Dogs enter tomorrow’s game five down 3-1 in the series. Saint John won game one in overtime and then went on to lose three straight. The frustrating part is that both games three and four were winnable – Saint John imploded in the third period on Tuesday and then fell in overtime on Wednesday.

This series has had some unpredictable and unusual moments. Leads haven't meant much and momentum shifts quickly. Even though the Cataractes carry momentum into Friday's match, anything can happen. 

Saint John is 4-3 on the road this post-season while Shawinigan is 5-3 at home.

Some other notes…
  • The Sea Dogs will, presumably, have Bokondji Imama back in their lineup tomorrow night. His seven-game suspension ended on Wednesday.
  • Will we see Alex Bishop in net again on Friday? Bishop made 20 saves in his first career playoff start on Wednesday.
  • Anthony Beauvillier has four goals and seven points so far in this series.
  • Sam Povorozniouk continues to lead the league in playoff scoring with 24 points and goals with 14. Thomas Chabot has a league high 18 assists. Nathan Noel has served a league leading 30 penalty minutes.
  • If the Sea Dogs win on Friday, game six is on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

GAME 4 RECAP: Sea Dogs Lose 4-3 (OT)

FINAL: Shawinigan 4, Saint John 3 (OT)
By Kevin Chambers & Jamie Tozer | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN – Danny Moynihan’s goal 46 seconds into overtime has pushed the Saint John Sea Dogs to the brink of elimination.

Moynihan’s goal gave the Shawinigan Cataractes a 4-3 victory and a 3-1 series lead heading into Friday’s game five at Centre Gervais Auto. Gabriel Sylvestre, Anthony Beauvillier and Dmytro Timashov scored also scored for Shawinigan on Wednesday night at Harbour Station. Philippe Cadorette made 36 saves in the win.

Sam Povorozniouk, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Joe Veleno scored for Saint John. Alex Bishop, who got the start in goal for the Sea Dogs, made 20 stops in the loss.

Making his first career playoff start, Bishop did well keeping the dangerous Cataractes offense at bay early on. The Sea Dogs would get on the board first when the league’s leading scorer, Povorozniouk, slid a shot past Cadorette to make it 1-0 on a power play at 18:30.

PLAYOFF GAME DAY 4: vs Cataractes

The Shawinigan Cataractes are on a roll, scoring 14 goals in their past two wins over the Saint John Sea Dogs. Meanwhile, the Dogs will look to get back on track following last night’s third period meltdown. Game 4 begins at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Series status: Shawinigan leads the best-of-seven semifinal series 2-1.

Game 1: Saint John 6, Shawinigan 5 (OT)
Game 2: Saint John 1, Shawinigan 7
Game 3: Shawinigan 7, Saint John 3
Game 4: Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. – Shawinigan at Saint John
Game 5: Friday, April 29 at 8:30 p.m. – Saint John at Shawinigan

Last game: The Cataractes scored six unanswered goals in a 7-3 win over the Sea Dogs last night at Harbour Station. Brandon Gignac, Gabriel Gagne and Dmytro Timashov each scored twice for Shawinigan while Mathieu Olivier added a single. Philippe Cadorette made 26 saves in the win. Kyle Ward, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Sam Povorozniouk scored for Saint John. Marc-Antoine Turcotte allowed six goals on 22 shots in the loss.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 2-0-0-0 against the Cataractes in the regular season while Shawinigan went 0-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Cataractes: None

Player to watch: Marc-Antoine Turcotte has certainly had his struggles in this series. In the first three games he has allowed 16 goals on 86 shots, including six on 24 shots last night. Can he bounce back tonight?

Three Things to Know
1. Sam Povorozniouk leads the QMJHL in playoff scoring with 13 goals and 23 points. Dmytro Timashov is second with 10 goals and 21 points.

2. Thomas Chabot continues to lead QMJHL defensemen in scoring with two goals and 19 points in 15 games. Shawinigan’s Cavan Fitzgerald (18 points) and Samuel Girard (17 points) are second and third, respectively.

3. Are the Sea Dogs a bad third period team this post-season? They’ve given up 22 third period goals – the most of any period – and have a minus-eight goal differential.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

GAME 3 RECAP: Sea Dogs Lose 7-3

FINAL: Shawinigan 7, Saint John 3
By Kevin Chambers | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN – A third period meltdown by the Saint John Sea Dogs has given the Shawinigan Cataractes a 2-1 series lead.

The Sea Dogs allowed six unanswered goals – including five goals on 11 shots in the third period – in a 7-3 loss to the Cataractes on Tuesday night at Harbour Station. Shawinigan now leads the best-of-seven semifinal series 2-1.

Brandon Gignac, Gabriel Gagne and Dmytro Timashov each scored twice for Shawinigan. Mathieu Olivier also scored. Philippe Cadorette made 26 saves in the win.

Kyle Ward, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Sam Povorozniouk scored for Saint John. Marc-Antoine Turcotte allowed six goals on 22 shots in the loss.

The Sea Dogs were up 3-1 in the second period and entered the third up 3-2. But that third period… that was something. Saint John will need to regroup quickly or they could be facing a do-or-die game in Shawinigan on Friday.

PLAYOFF GAME DAY 3: vs Cataractes

After getting blown out in game two, the Saint John Sea Dogs will be looking to rebound in game three of their QMJHL semifinal playoff series against the Shawinigan Cataractes. Game time this evening at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

TV/Radio/Webcast: Rogers TV/NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Series status: The best-of-seven semifinal series is tied 1-1.

Game 1: Saint John 6, Shawinigan 5 (OT)
Game 2: Saint John 1, Shawinigan 7
Game 3: Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. – Shawinigan at Saint John
Game 4: Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. – Shawinigan at Saint John
Game 5: Friday, April 29 at 8:30 p.m. – Saint John at Shawinigan

Last game: Shawinigan scored five power play goals in a 7-1 victory over the Sea Dogs on Saturday at Centre Gervais Auto. Dennis Yan and Anthony Beauvillier each scored twice while singles came from Gabriel Sylvestre, Brandon Gignac and Alexis D’Aoust. Matthew Highmore scored Saint John’s lone goal. Philippe Cadorette made 26 saves in the win. Marc-Antoine Turcotte was pulled after allowing five goals on 31 shots. Alex Bishop made eight saves in relief.

2015-16 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 2-0-0-0 against the Cataractes in the regular season while Shawinigan went 0-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Cataractes: None

Player to watch: Matthew Highmore has two goals and two assists in this series.

Three Things to Know
1. After scoring five power play goals on 12 attempts in game two, Shawinigan now has the third best power play (amongst teams still playing) in the QMJHL post-season with a rating of 28.1%. The Cataractes had the best power play in the regular season with a rating of 29.1%.

2. Dennis Yan has reportedly been suspended for tonight’s game for a cross check in game two. Yan, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect, has seven goals and four assists this post-season – including three goals in this series.

3. The Sea Dogs are 5-2 at home so far during the playoffs. The Cataractes are 4-1 on the road.

Monday, April 25, 2016

REPORT: Yan Suspended For Game 3

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dennis Yan has been suspended for tomorrow night’s game three, according to Le Nouvelliste’s Steve Turcotte.
Yan had two goals, three shots and a high sticking penalty in Saturday’s 7-1 Cataractes victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs, evening the series up at 1-1.

Yan has three goals in this series and seven goals and four assists this post-season. His loss will be felt.

Meanwhile, the Sea Dogs announced after Saturday’s game that rookie defenseman Vincent Martineau and forward Cedric Pare have been reassigned.

Game three of the QMJHL semifinal is tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.