Round 4, Game 2
Rimouski Oceanic vs Saint John Sea Dogs
Tonight at 7:00pm
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Saint John leads the best-of-seven Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Championship Series 1-0.
SAINT JOHN – After playing four-and-a-half periods of hockey last night, the Saint John Sea Dogs and Rimouski Oceanic battle again tonight at Harbour Station. Game 2 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Championship Series begins at 7pm.
The Sea Dogs took a 1-0 series lead thanks to a Zack Phillips goal at 10:18 of the second overtime period. It was the fourth straight Saint John playoff game that required overtime.
Saint John got off to a fantastic start on Friday night with Nathan Beaulieu and Tomas Jurco both scoring in the first 72 seconds of the game. But Rimouski would calm things down and tie it at 2-2 in the second period on two power play goals. There would be no scoring until the second extra frame.
The Oceanic played a solid road game and could have won last night’s game if they could have connected on one of their numerous overtime chances. They are now 7-3 on the road this post-season.
The Sea Dogs just weren’t clicking last night and looked a little off. Hopefully the Dogs will have a better showing tonight now that they know what the Oceanic are capable of.
Something the Dogs have struggled with over the past few games is keeping leads. They blew a 2-0 lead in Friday’s game before eventually winning in OT and struggled to hold leads in the Chicoutimi series as well.
The Dogs improved to 8-0 at home in the playoffs with last night’s/this morning’s win. They have outscored opponents 56-18.
With the next three games being played in Rimouski, this is a big match for both squads. A Saint John win and they only need two-of-three on the road to wrap things up. An Oceanic victory and they have the momentum heading home.PLAYOFF NUMBERS
|Goals For/Game||5.76 (1st)||3.79 (6th)|
|Goals Against/Game||2.21 (1st)||2.84 (4th)|
|Shots For/Game||36.39 (2nd)||31.96 (4th)|
|Shots Against/Game||26.87 (3rd)||27.28 (5th)|
|Overall PP||29.2% (1st)||21.7% (8th)|
|Home PP||38.5% (1st)||28.2% (6th)|
|Road PP||15.4% (11th)||13.3% (13th)|
|Overall PK||86.7% (1st)||78.9% (8th)|
|Home PK||79.4% (8th)||78.7% (9th)|
|Road PK||96.2% (1st)||79.1% (4th)|
|PIM/GAME||16.2 (9th)||16.8 (8th)|
|Attendance||5,401 (3rd)||4,211 (4th)|
LEADING SCORERS – PLAYOFFS
GOALTENDERS - PLAYOFFS
|Sebastien Auger||0-0-0-0||- - -||- - -|
GAME ONE – Rimouski 2, Saint John 3 (2OT)
GAME TWO – Saturday, May 5: 7 p.m. @ Harbour Station
GAME THREE – Wednesday, May 9: 8:30 p.m. @ Colisee de Rimouski
GAME FOUR – Thursday, May 10: 8:30 p.m. @ Colisee de Rimouski
*GAME FIVE – Saturday, May 12: 5 p.m. @ Colisee de Rimouski
*GAME SIX – Monday, May 14: 7 p.m. @ Harbour Station
*GAME SEVEN – Wednesday, May 16: 7 p.m. @ Harbour Station
October 8, 2011 – Rimouski 2, Saint John 8
November 2, 2011 –Saint John 3, Rimouski 4
Tonight could be the last Sea Dogs home game this year with the next three games being played on the road. It’s been another fun year at Harbour Station.
This could also be the final game at Harbour Station for this “core” of Sea Dogs players that have been so successful over the past three years. Be sure to show your appreciation.
- Charlie Coyle leads the league in playoff scoring with 30 points.
- Coyle leads the league in goals with 14.
- Zack Phillips has a league high 21 assists.
- Coyle and Peter Trainor are tied for the league lead in game winning goals with four.
- Coyle is a league best +25.
- Trainor now sits third in playoff rookie scoring with 17 points.
- Rimouski went 2/2 on the power play last night.
Niagara visits London for Game 2 of the OHL final tonight. The IceDogs lead the series 1-0.
Game 3 of the President’s Cup final is on Wednesday at 8:30pm in Rimouski.