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Inside the Numbers for Game #7 – Gatineau vs Cape Breton

Tonight in Cape Breton, it’s the decisive game between the Screaming Eagles and the Gatineau Olympiques. You are invited to read the following…

Decisive games in a series

  • In the last 10 years, 56.5% of the time, it’s the visiting team that won game 7 in a series (13 of 23).
  • However, throughout QMJHL’s history, the home team is favoured with 72.3% of the victories (60 of 83).
  • Cape Breton – in a 7th game, they hold a record of one win against four loses (1-4). In their last four games, they fell short against Val-d’Or (2007), Quebec (2009, 2015) and Saint John (2016). We need to go back 16 years to a Game 7 win by the Eagles (2001, vs Chicoutimi).
  • Gatineau – impressive in decisive games, with a record of 10 victories and 3 losses (.769 win percentage), having won their last 5 game seven. Laval (1983), Chicoutimi (1994), Acadie-Bathurst (1999, in the finals) are the games they lost… In the winning column: in 1988, against Laval and Drummondville (in the finals). Other victories were in Longueuil (1990), St-Hyacinthe (1994), Val-d’Or (1996), Montreal (2002), Halifax (2003 in the finals), Drummondville (2006), Montreal (2010) and Quebec (2011). 

From 0-3 to 4-3 COMEBACK

  • Coming back from a 0-3 deficit in a series, before taking it 4-3! This has happened five times in the QMJHL history.
  • The last time it occurred was in 2015, when Val-d’Or surprised Baie-Comeau.
  • Note that the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles have completed a comeback in the 2001 playoffs against Chicoutimi; but they could be on the losing side if the Olympiques complete the comeback tonight!
  • It has been 32 years since a team overcame a 0-3 deficit in the 1st round. In 1985, Drummondville rallied against Trois-Rivières in the quarter-finals, at a time where only 8 of 11 teams made the playoffs.
  • It’s only in 2012, where a team that had fewer points in the standings than its regular-season opponent, managed to return from a 0-3 deficit to win the series. Halifax (85 points) rallied back to defeat Quebec (93 points). This year the duel that concerns us, Cape Breton (82 points) vs Gatineau (70 points)…
QMJHL PLAYOFFS 0-3 Comeback
2015 1/4FIN – Val-d’Or won the series 4-3 vs Baie-Comeau
2012 1/4FIN – Halifax won the series 4-3 vs Québec
2001 QFC Dilio – Cape Breton won the series 4-3 vs Chicoutimi
1987 1/2FIN – Longueuil won the series 4-3 vs Laval
1985 1/4FIN – Drummondville won the series 4-3 vs Trois-Rivières
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