Sea Dogs capture second straight President Cup David Connell Sea Dogs capture second straight President Cup

The Saint John Sea Dogs put on an offensive clinic in the first period, registering five goals to put the game quickly out of reach and help them become the seventh team in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League history to capture back-to-back President Cup championships. The final tally was 8-0 in favour of the defending MasterCard Memorial Cup title holders.

The Sea Dogs were the first to get on the board after capitalizing on a costly turnover deep into the Océanic’s zone. Stanislav Galiev jumped on a loose puck in the corner and fed Tomas Jurco in the slot who made no mistake and buried a shot past Jacob Gervais-Chouinard.

Zack Phillips gave the visitors a 2-0 lead just past the midway point of the first frame after receiving a beautiful saucer pass from 2011 Montreal Canadiens first round pick Nathan Beaulieu and slapping it behind Gervais-Chouinard. Less than one minute later, the floodgates opened in favour of the defending champions. Danick Gauthier registered his thirteenth goal of the playoffs with a precise backhand shot.

Following the Sea Dogs’ third goal, Rimouski head coach Serge Beausoleil called upon back-up goaltender Carl Hozjan to try to stop the tidal wave, but Saint John managed to score twice more before the end of the first twenty minutes courtesy of Tomas Jurco and Stanislav Galiev.

The second period was a bit more subdued in terms of scoring chances. Only Stanislav Galiev managed to register a marker, his fifteen of the playoffs.

In the final frame, Stanislav Galiev notched his third goal of the game and Jonathan Huberdeau added a marker to complete the scoring.

Goaltender Mathieu Corbeil was stellar in the win by pushing away all 24 shots he faced to collect the shutout.

Charles Coyle who left the American program to pursue his career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League received the Guy-Lafleur trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs after recording 34 points, including 15 goals, in 17 games.

Of note, Gerard Gallant sees his name inscribed on the President Cup for a fourth time; twice as a player and two times as a coach.

League Schedules
Saturday November 28
GUE at OTT 1:00 EST
VAN at POR 6:00 EST
BAC at RIM 4:00 EST
MON at SHA 4:00 EST
SSM at ERIE 7:00 EST
MISS at HAM 7:00 EST
CHI at BLB 7:00 EST
FLNT at SBY 7:00 EST
QUE at CAP 11:00 EST
BAT at VDO 7:00 EST
LET at KTN 9:00 EST
KAM at PG 10:00 EST
REG at RD 9:00 EST
PA at SC 8:00 EST
OSH at PBO 7:05 EST
WSR at SAG 7:05 EST
EDM at SAS 8:05 EST
MJ at SEA 10:05 EST
TC at SPO 10:05 EST
KEL at VIC 10:05 EST
NIA at BAR 7:30 EST
LDN at OS 7:30 EST
BDN at MH 9:30 EST

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