Sea Dogs Sweep Oceanic To Win Presidents Cup
RIMOUSKI – The Saint John Sea Dogs are the 2012 President’s Cup champions after sinking the Rimouski Oceanic, 8-0, in Game 4 of final series.
The Dogs become the first team since the 03-04 Hull/Gatineau Olympiques to repeat as the QMJHL champion.
The game was won in the first period.
Tomas Jurco opened the scoring just over four minutes in.
He was followed about seven minutes later by Zack Phillips.
Fifty seconds after that Danick Gauthier backhanded home the third goal to give Saint John a 3-0 lead.
The Oceanic tried to slow the Sea Dogs’ momentum by changing goalies for the second night in a row, replacing Jacob Chouinard with Carl Hozjan.
But the Sea Dogs were on a mission.
Jurco’s second of the period with 1:05 left made it 4-0, and then Stanislav Galiev struck 18 seconds later and Saint John led 5-0 after one period.
The Dogs extended the lead less than four minutes into the second period when Galiev ripped home his second of the night.
The Russian winger completed the hat trick early in the third, and captain Jonathan Huberdeau wrapped up the scoring.
Mathieu Corbeil wrapped up a stellar QMJHL post-season with a 24-save shutout.
Charlie Coyle was named playoff MVP, registering 15 goals and 34 points.
Saint John will defend its Memorial Cup title beginning Saturday, May 19, vs. the Ontario Hockey League champion.
London currently holds a 3-1 series lead in that series.
NOTES: Saint John scratches were Devon Oliver-Dares, Grant West, Oliver Cooper, Dylan McGuigan, Jordan Moore and Richard Tingley. All were healthy….Oliver-Dares was replaced in the lineup by Spencer MacDonald, as Saint John opted to dress seven defencemen and only 11 forwards….Coyle is the first American-born playoff MVP since Pat LaFontaine….Coach Gerard Gallant has four President’s Cups to his name – two as a player and now two as a coach.
Three Stars: 1. Galiev 2. Jurco 3. Phillips Top Dog: Saab
Tomas Jurco Goal, 4:14 1st:
Zack Phillips Goal, 11:39 1st:
Danick Gauthier Goal, 12:29 1st:
Tomas Jurco Goal 2, 18:55 1st:
Stanislav Galiev Goal 1, 19:14 1st:
Stanislav Galiev Goal 2, 3:49 2nd:
Stanislav Galiev Goal 3, 4:44 3rd:
Jonathan Huberdeau Goal, 7:47 3rd:
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