Wednesday, March 28, 2012

PLAYOFF GAMEDAY 4: at Cape Breton

Round 1, Game 4
Saint John Sea Dogs vs Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Tonight at 7pm
Radio: News 88.9 | Webcast: Telus | TV: None | Live Blog: SN
Centre 200 – Sydney, NS

Saint John leads the best-of-seven first round playoff series 3-0.

SYDNEY, NS – It’s do or die tonight for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

The Screaming Eagles find themselves down 3-0 in their first round series against the Saint John Sea Dogs entering tonight’s Game 4. This evening’s match begins at 7pm at Centre 200.

If the Sea Dogs win this evening, they will move on to the quart-finals. It would be the second straight season that Saint John swept Cape Breton in the first round.

Saint John defeated the Eagles 8-2 last night in Sydney. Charlie Coyle and Danick Gauthier each scored twice while solo markers came from Tomas Jurco, Jonathan Huberdeau, Kevin Gagne, and Ryan Tesink. William Carrier and Kyle Farrell each had goals for Cape Breton.

The Dogs basically won the game in the first five minutes last night, scoring four times and led 4-0 after one. Philippe Trudeau was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots.

There wasn’t a whole lot of nastines last night as the teams combined for just three penalties –all minor infractions. Saint John had just one power play in the game which they scored on.

With his two goals last night, Charlie Coyle still leads the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 12 points – eight goals and four assists – in three post-season games. Zack Phillips, who had two assists yesterday, is third in league playoff scoring with 10 points.

William Carrier has been one of the few bright spots for Cape Breton this series. The Dogs have outscored the Eagles 29-7 but Carrier has managed to register three goals and three assists.

Only one team – the Moncton Wildcats – have been eliminated from the playoffs so far. The Halifax Mooseheads finished off a sweep of the ‘Cats last night.

If the Eagles manage to win tonight, Game 5 would be on Friday night at Harbour Station.


Cape BretonSaint John
Record23-42-1-2 (5th Maritimes)50-15-0-3 (1st Maritimes)
Home Record- - -28-5-0-1
Road Record17-16-0-1- - -
Goals For219298
Goals Against306180
Goals/Game3.19 (14th)4.34 (2nd)
GA/Game4.45 (2nd)2.62 (16th)
Shots/Game28.90 (12th)32.99 (3rd)
SA/GAME31.50 (14th)26.60 (1st)
PIM/GAME15.1 (12th)16.6 (6th)
Scoring First15-16-1-135-3-0-0
Overall PP22.3% (8th)23.8% (5th)
Home PP- - -23.4% (6th)
Road PP18% (14th)- - -
Overall PK70.6% (17th)81.1% (5th)
Home PK- - -84.6% (4th)
Road PK69.7% (16th)- - -

Cape Breton
Jonathan Brunelle68305585
William Carrier66274370
Alexandre Lavoie65232447

Saint John
Danick Gauthier66473986
Zack Phillips60305080
Jonathan Huberdeau37304272

Cape Breton
Philippe Trudeau16-26-1-24.010.877
William Racicot8-14-1-04.030.865

Saint John
Mathieu Corbeil37-10-0-12.380.911
Sebastien Auger14-2-0-22.650.897

Game 1 Mar 23 Cape Breton (4) at Saint John (13)
Game 2 Mar 24 Cape Breton (1) at Saint John (8)
Game 3 Mar 27 Saint John (8) at Cape Breton (2)
Game 4 Mar 28 Saint John at Cape Breton 7:00 PM ADT
* Game 5 Mar 30 Cape Breton at Saint John 7:30 PM ADT
* Game 6 Apr 1 Saint John at Cape Breton 7:00 PM ADT
* Game 7Apr 3  Cape Breton at Saint John 7:00 PM ADT

Saint John went 7-1 against Cape Breton this year while the Screaming Eagles went 1-7 against the Sea Dogs.

September 16, 2011 - Cape Breton def. Saint John 8-5
October 28, 2011 - Saint John def. Cape Breton 6-3
November 25, 2011 - Saint John def. Cape Breton 5-2
November 26, 2011 - Saint John def. Cape Breton 4-1
December 16, 2011 - Saint John def. Cape Breton 4-3
February 26, 2012 - Saint John def. Cape Breton 9-1
March 16, 2012 - Saint John def. Cape Breton 4-0
March 17, 2012 - Saint John def. Cape Breton 7-4

Chicoutimi at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:30 PM ADT
Victoriaville at Baie-Comeau - 7:30 PM EDT
Blainville-Boisbriand at Gatineau - 7:30 PM EDT
Shawinigan at Rouyn-Noranda - 7:30 PM EDT
Rimouski at Val-d'Or - 7:30 PM EDT

If the Eagles win, Game 5 would be held on Friday at Harbour Station. If the Sea Dogs win, the quarter-finals will start some time late next week. 


  1. Seems like I was the only one with something to cheer about last night.

    I was the lone Sea Dogs fan sitting behind the Dogs bench last night and I had lots to cheer about!

    I will be at the game again tonight cheering on the boys!
    !Go Dogs Go!

  2. It sounds like Cape Breton's coach regained his composure and decided to finish the series with his dignity intact. Kudos.