April 24, 2012
CHICOUTIMI, Que. – The Chicoutimi Sagueneens became the first team to beat the Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2012 President’s Cup playoffs, ending Saint John’s 10-game winning streak with a 5-4 overtime win Tuesday.
Etienne Brodeur scored the overtime winner for the Sagueneens and added two assists to help Chicoutimi take Game 3 of the best-of-seven semifinal. Saint John leads the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff series 2-1 heading into Game 4 Thursday in Chicoutimi.
Tomas Jurco scored for the Sea Dogs after missing Game 2 with an upper-body injury. Nathan Beaulieu, Ryan Tesink and Danick Gauthier added singles and Mathieu Corbeil made 28 saves in the loss.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau had two goals for Chicoutimi, while Charles Hudon and former Sea Dog Gabriel Bourret added singles. Christopher Gibson made 42 saves in the win.
Thursday’s game is set for 8:30 p.m. Atlantic. Fans can catch all of the away action on the TELUS QMJHL webcast (click HERE for information) or listen in with Tim Roszell who has the call on News 88.9 FM. The game will also be televised on TVA Sports, channel 656 on Rogers Cable.
Game 5 will be back at Harbour Station at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets will go on sale at the Harbour Station box office at 10 a.m. Thursday and can also be obtained by calling by calling 506-657-1234 or online at www.tickets.harbourstation.ca.
Saint John had chances to open the scoring early. The line of Maxime Villemaire, Stephen MacAulay and Jurco had a couple of whacks in front about eight minutes in but Gibson held on. That set off a scrum that led to a 4-on-4, with Villemaire receiving an extra minor that eventually led to a 5-on-3 when Beaulieu was called for delay of game.
After killing the two-man disadvantage, the Dogs got a power play of their own, as Jurco teamed up with Stanislav Galiev and Gauthier for a couple of solid chances.
But Chicoutimi scored first for the second time this series. Hudon’s long shot from between the top of the circles found its way through Corbeil as two teammates drove the net. The Sags added another on Pageau’s goal with just 15 seconds left in the opening frame. As Christian Ouellet held patiently on the left wing, Pageau cut to the net from the other side, took a pass from Ouellet and redirected it past Corbeil.
With equal action both ways to open the second period, the netminders stepped up. Corbeil poked the puck away from a wide-open Pageau four minutes in while Gibson made several excellent saves in close on chances by Galiev and Jurco just under the six-minute mark.
The Dogs had most of the chances in second, including a wraparound attempt by Jonathan Huberdeau that Gibson stopped with his right pad with about eight minutes to go. Saint John was finally able to solve Gibson on a 4-on-3 power play, when Beaulieu buried a one-timer from Gibson’s left, finishing a feed from Coyle at 13:48. Galiev had the other assist on the goal, Beaulieu’s third of the playoffs.
Jurco then evened things up with the Dogs down a man. The slick Slovakian showed great instincts, stealing a puck at the Chicoutimi blueline, going in alone on Gibson and beating him with a deke to tie it 2-2. The unassisted marker was the eighth goal of the playoffs for Jurco.
Shots in the second period were 24-6 in favour of the Sea Dogs. In the third period Saint John twice took a one-goal lead only to have Chicoutimi respond in less than a minute
Ian Saab fired a solid shot on net from the left point and Tesink was on the spot to deposit the rebound for his seventh of the playoffs at 2:27. MacAulay tallied the other assist on the play.
Pageau evened things up 15 seconds later with his second of the night.
Gauthier pulled the Sea Dogs ahead 4-3, cutting in from the left wing and firing shot across Gibson for his ninth of the post-season with an assist from Pierre Durepos at 16:43.
But Bourret tied it up yet again just 44 seconds later with a shot from the left point that found its way through. It was the first of the playoffs for the former Sea Dog and sent the game to overtime.
In the extra frame, Brodeur threw a long shot on net that trickled through Corbeil and in to give Chicoutimi the margin of victory at 7:26.