Coyle picked up his fourth assist of the Memorial Cup on a beautiful backdoor pass to Huberdeau early in the game for the Sea Dogs' first goal. Phillips, meanwhile, was held scoreless for the second time in three games. Despite that, the 2011 first round pick was part of the game's best line - once again Thomas Jurco saw action with Phillips while Coyle was with Huberdeau.
With the win, Saint John finished second with a 2-1 record and they have to be happy that the team seems to play better every game. Wednesday's win could have been a larger margin but a goal that replays showed was good ended up being disallowed (on a side tangent, watching off-ice officials make a bad replay call with no context makes for some embarrassing television) and Shawinigan goalie Gabriel Girard made a couple good saves; including one on Charlie Coyle.
With the round-robin series done, here are the final standings and their corresponding result. For someone used to single-elimination, it's a little confusing but the end result is that more games get played.
Round-robin results:Regardless of tonight's result, the Sea Dogs would have faced one of the two teams they beat Friday night. However, they get a chance to take down Shawinigan again after the Cataractes routed Edmonton 6-1. It should be an interesting game because there was some bad blood towards the end of Wednesday's game that could spill over. Also, Shawinigan will be playing their third game in 3 nights in front of a home crowd so we'll have to see whether or not they run on fumes or get a boost.
1st: London (advance directly to Final on Sunday, watch everyone else play)
2nd: Saint John (advance to semi-final Friday, do not pass go, do not collect $200)
T-3rd: Shawinigan, Edmonton (play a tiebreaker game Thursday, winner plays Saint John and the winner of that plays London)
Best of all, the NHL Network will be showing it LIVE at 6 p.m. CT.