The QMJHL has avoided a potentially embarrassing scheduling situation in the President Cup final.
The league released yesterday its schedule for the all-New Brunswick best-of-seven clash between the Moncton Wildcats and Saint John Sea Dogs, promptly quelling concerns the Wildcats would be forced to play home games outside the city.
To handle scheduling conflicts at Moncton Coliseum, the league ditched the traditional 2-2-1-1-1 series format. Instead, the series will alternate cities each game.
The series starts Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Harbour Station in Saint John before moving to Moncton Coliseum for Game 2 on Sunday at 4 p.m. Game 3 is Tuesday at 7 p.m. back in Saint John.
As reported in Metro Halifax last month, the Wildcats consider the Metro Centre in Halifax one of their top backup options should they run into scheduling conflicts in the post-season.
The series pits the first-place Sea Dogs (53-12-1-2) against the third-place Wildcats (48-14-2-4) in the first-ever meeting of Maritime teams in the QMJHL final.