24 hours after game three of the 2017 Rogers President Cup four-best-of-seven series, the two title contenders, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Saint John Sea Dogs, will resume play tonight for the fourth clash. In front 3-0 in the series, the Sea Dogs could return home with the President’s Cup in their hands.
Once again, thanks to the brilliance of the Sea Dogs defence, led by Thomas Chabot, and the multiple feats by goaltender Callum Booth, they emerged victorious in the third game yesterday at the Centre of the Excellence Sports Rousseau in Boisbriand, pushing the Armada to the edge. Montreal’s native, Samuel Dove-McFalls scored his team’s only two goals in a 2-0 victory. Mathieu Joseph and Chabot added an assist on the first net, while Matthew Highmore obtained the lonely helper on Dove-McFalls’ second of the game, in an empty cage. Callum Booth was once again perfect, blocking 22 shots to deserve his fourth shutout of the playoffs. With this feat, Booth ties Mathieu Biron for third amongst goalies with the most shutouts, a record held today by Chase Marchand with 6 during the 2016 President’s Cup series edition as a member of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The Sea Dogs are just one win away from a third Championship in their history, a first since 2012. In addition, this victory would allow the Sea Dogs to be the second team to join the prestigious Memorial Cup tournament, after the Windsor Spitfires, who will host the 99th edition. A look back at the 2012 President’s Cup final, where Saint John swept the Oceanic in four games, a similar story that could be repeated in a few hours.
The Armada finds itself once again on the brink of elimination, a situation much too familiar, already seen in these playoffs. Joel Bouchard’s team will have to show everything they got tonight if the team wants to stay alive and shift the series to Saint John. Let us remember the second playoff round where the team trailed 1-3 in their series against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, thus climbing the slope one game at a time to win in seven games. Pierre-Luc Dubois and Alex Barré-Boulet were the spark plugs for the Armada, while Samuel Montembeault held the fort in front of the net, allowing only nine goals to his opponents. However, the command looks rather arduous for the fleet which this time has to win four consecutive games. At the conclusion of yesterday’s game, the head coach remained confident about his team: “Fortunately, we do not need to beat them four times tomorrow, we need to beat them once,” revealed Joël Bouchard. Rather simple to say they will go to war one game at a time. A packed crowd is expected tonight, while the fleet will need all the energy and support of their fans for this game. With a victory, the series would move to Saint John, New Brunswick this Friday for a possible game 5.
The matchup will be presented to you, starting at 7:30 pm (Eastern time), 8:30 pm (Atlantic time), on TVA Sports 2 and Sportsnet 360, as well as on air at 96.1 NewSong FM. In addition, the game will be available on the QMJHL webcast, click here to watch.
The Saint John Sea Dogs lead the 3-0 series.