Around the QMJHL: May 1st to 5th
Sea Dogs face Armada in Rogers President Cup Final series
A new champion will be crowned in the coming weeks as the Saint John Sea Dogs and the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada are locked and loaded in the 2017 Rogers President Cup Final. A fixture in the weekly CHL Top-10 throughout much of the season, the Sea Dogs have continued their upward trajectory into the playoffs, rolling past the Rimouski Oceanic, Val-d’Or Foreurs and Chicoutimi Sagueneens while going 12-2 in the process. Saint John boasts the best penalty kill in the QMJHL Playoffs at 88.5% and has been led in scoring by Canadian National Junior Team members Mathieu Joseph (11-11–22) and Thomas Chabot (5-14–19). Other NHL prospects in Spencer Smallman (Carolina), Matthew Highmore (Chicago), Bokondji Imama (Tampa Bay), Julien Gauthier (Carolina) and defenseman Simon Bourque (Montreal) have also proven valuable in front of goaltender Callum Booth (Carolina). The Sea Dogs won one of their two regular season encounters against Blainville-Boisbriand, a club that has overcome the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Acadie-Bathurst Titan in seven games and the Charlottetown Islanders in the semis to reach their first ever Rogers President Cup Final. The Armada lost their opening matchup against Charlottetown before proceeding to rattle off four straight wins and dispose of the Islanders in five games. Blainville-Boisbriand’s power play has been lethal throughout the postseason, going 20-for-61, a 32.8% efficiency rate. Veteran forward Alex Barré-Boulet leads the QMJHL Playoffs in scoring with 29 points (14-15–29) over 16 games. He and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Pierre-Luc Dubois (8-13–21) have steered the Armada’s offensive ship through the postseason while Florida Panthers prospect Samuel Montembeault has held down the fort in goal with a 1.95 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Schedule
Wawanesa Insurance plays of the week from the semifinals
Watch last week’s top plays as four teams were battling through the third round of the 2017 Rogers President Cup Playoffs. Watch
LiftMaster Road to the MasterCard Memorial Cup
Get caught up on what’s going on around the entire CHL Playoffs in the fourth edition of LiftMaster Road to the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Six teams remain in the hunt to join the Windsor Spitfires in May as Championship Series action commences. LiftMaster is the Official Garage Door Opener of the Canadian Hockey League. Watch
This week, the QMJHL’s representative for the Canadian Hockey League’s CIBC Showdown is Saint John Sea Dogs’ forward Joe Veleno. Vote
Janes Saves of the year contest continues
Last week to vote for the #JanesSaves of the Year. Head to www.JanesSaves.ca and vote for the best QMJHL save of the Year. Enter for your chance to win a trip for 4 to the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup and score a free box of Janes ultimates.
Listen and watch
– Don’t miss a thing. Download our new app, LHJMQ Live from the app store and Google Play Store and watch every game from the President Cup final on you’re phone wherever you are.
– For Game 1, tune in on Rogers Tv, Cable 10 to catch the first matchup between Blainville-Boisbriand and Saint John. Show set to start at 7:00 pm (AT).
– For Game 2, Sportsnet 360 will broadcast the second matchup. Show set to start at 6:00 pm (AT)
– Head out to our website and click on «Live» and watch the game on your computer.
(8) Blainville-Boisbriand Armada at (1) Saint John Sea Dogs
Game #1 at Saint John – Friday May 5th, 19:00 pm AT
Game #2 at Saint John – Saturday May 6th, 19:00 pm AT
Game #3 at Boisbriand – Tuesday May 9th, 19:30 pm EST
Game #4 at Boisbriand – Wednesday May 10th, 19:30 pm EST
***Game #5 at Saint John – Friday May 12th, 19:00 pm AT
***Game #6 at Boisbriand – Sunday May 14th, 16:00 pm EST
***Game #7 at Saint John – Monday May 15th, 19:00 pm AT
Series tied 0-0