Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Playoff Game Day: Game 3 at Val-d'Or
TV/Radio/Webcast: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live
Series status: The Sea Dogs lead the best-of-seven second round playoff series 2-0.
Last games: The Sea Dogs took Game 2 of the series on Saturday at Harbour Station, defeating the Foreurs 4-1. Cedric Pare, Julien Gauthier, Spencer Smallman and Mathieu Joseph all scored in the victory. Simon Lafrance had Val-d'Or's lone goal. Callum Booth made 17 saves in the win. Etienne Montpetit was the story again, making 49 saves in the loss.
2016-17 regular season head-to-head: The Sea Dogs were 2-0-0-0 against the Foreurs during the regular season while Val-d'Or went 0-2-0-0 against Saint John.
Ex-Sea Dogs on the Foreurs: Defenceman Jason Bell and goaltender Alex Bishop.
Random stat: 12 of Saint John's 28 goals this post-season have come in third periods. They are outscoring opponents 12-1 in those stanzas.
Three Things to Know
1. There are two big questions heading into tonight's game. The first: can Etienne Montpetit keep this up? The Foreurs netminder has faced an incredible 121 shots in the first two games of this series, allowing just five goals.
2. The second question: can Val-d'Or generate some offence on home ice? The Foreurs have been held to under 20 shots by Saint John in both games of this series, scoring just two times. The Foreurs went 2-1 at the Air Creebec Centre in the first round, outscoring Shawinigan 11-9.
3. Despite not scoring a power play goal so far in this series, the Foreurs still have the league's second best man advantage with a rating of 28.1%.
Notes: Mathieu Joseph and Thomas Chabot each have 11 points to lead the Sea Dogs in scoring... Spencer Smallman leads the team in goals with five... Chabot has a team high eight assists... Mathieu Nadeau leads Val-d'Or in scoring with 11 points... Alexis Pepin has a team high five goals... Nadeau has a team high seven assists... Chabot's eight assists is tied for the league lead... Callum Booth has a league best 1.62 GAA... Etienne Montpetit has a league best .945 SV%... Chabot continues to lead all defencemen in scoring... Matthew Highmore has assists in six straight games... Pepin and Maxim Mizyurin have goals in three straight home games.
Regular season stats:
Blainville-Boisbriand at Acadie-Bathurst - 7:00 PM ADT
Charlottetown at Cape Breton - 7:00 PM ADT
Rouyn-Noranda at Chicoutimi - 7:30 PM EDT
Next game: The Sea Dogs and Foreurs meet for Game 4 tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. at the Air Creebec Centre.