Tonight, the 2017 Rogers President Cup Final Series moves to the Centre of Excellence Sports Rousseau in Boisbriand, QC to present the third matchup of this four-best-of-seven series between the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Saint John Sea Dogs, series led by the Sea Dogs 2-0.
It will be without Carolina Hurricanes’ prospect Julien Gauthier, that the Sea Dogs will try to take a commanding lead in the series. The 18-year-old was suspended yesterday for two games following his hit to the head of Joel Teasdale in game number 2 Saturday night. Gauthier turned out to be a master piece for the Sea Dogs in the first two games, with two goals and one assist performances in each game. However, head coach Danny Flynn will be able to count on the services of Mathieu Joseph (2PJ / 2-3–5) and Matthew Highmore (2PJ / 2-2–4) who both plays an important offensive role since the beginning of this series. Callum Booth will be the starting goaltender for the game, who got his third shutout of the present playoffs this weekend, blocking the 27 shots he faced. The Montreal, Qc native is the leader in three of four categories in the goaltenders stats, with the best goals-against average (1.81), victories (14) and shutouts (3). He is tied for third for the save percentage efficiency with .917.
In Boisbriand, the crowd’s presence will certainly benefit Joël Bouchard’s team, who scored 20 goals in her last four outings at the Centre of Excellence Sports Rousseau. Alex Barré-Boulet, the top scorer in the playoffs so far, has been maintained to one single assist since the game 1. As well as Pierre-Luc Dubois, who did appear on the score sheet in two games. Both forwards have hoarded 30 and 21 points respectively since the start of the spring tournament. Samuel Montembeault will have to make the difference in this third game, he who is in his last miles in the QMJHL. The Florida Panthers’ prospect has allowed nine goals in his last two outings, an average of 4.50 goals per game. Wounded Saturday, the presence of Joel Teasdale for this third confrontation is unknown. The native of Sainte-Julie, QC was hit to the head during the last game and he did not return.
The game is set to start at 7.30pm (Eastern time) pr 8:30 pm (Atlantic Time). You can always watch the game on our QMJHL website by clicking here.
The Sea Dogs lead the series 2-0.