The Phoenix were coming off of a pair of intense games against their fierce division rival Drummondville. Saturday’s 7-3 win against the Voltigeurs kicked off four games in a row at the Palais des Sports for the Birds, leading to mid week matchup against the Victoriaville Tigres Wednesday night.
Neither Evan Fitzpatrick or Olivier Tremblay was giving an inch to their opposition as both goaltenders kept the game scoreless through the first 19 minutes of the first period. Thomas Grégoire was able to keep the puck in Victoriaville’s end by sending it into the opposite corner. A subsequent hard fore-check from Chase Harwell in the corner resulted in a bad pass by the Tigres defencean up the ice being picked off by Jack Kilgour. Kilgour quickly uncorked a shot along the ice from the top of the left circle after getting the turnover, the rebound kicked out by Tremblay went right to Grégoire who made no mistake hammering a hard slap shot into the open cage, putting the Birds up 1-0 at the first intermission.
In the second, Félix Lauzon tied up the game at one-goal-apiece for the Tigres with a power play goal just under five minutes into the second period, with his tenth goal of the season. The Phoenix continued to apply pressure though and late in the period Tremblay again gave up another late period goal to the Birds. Sherbrooke went up 2-1 on Victoriaville after Grégoire launched a shot toward the net along the ice from the point, Hugo Roy stationed to the side of the goalie received the shot and dished it over to Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Julien Pelletier for the easy tap in and his eighth goal of the year.
The pace in the game continued to quicken as the game continued on in the third period. The two teams trading chances until Hugo Roy broke in on the Tigers defence midway through the final frame. Roy pulling his defenders with him as he tried to split the defence, left the puck for Pelletier trailing behind him. Pelletier after gaining control of the puck snapped a hard shot past Tremblay for his second goal of the night, putting the Birds up 3-1 on the Tigres. The scoring wasn’t over for the Phoenix though. With two minutes left in the final period and on a power play, Hugo Roy tipped a point shot from Pelletier past Tremblay, while setting a screen in front of the Victoriaville net for the final goal of the game, as the Birds got their sixth win of the season with a 4-1 victory.
The Phoenix were able overwhelm the Tigres to the tune of 45 shots in the game, while Fitzpatrick saved 23/24 in the team’s victory, taking the game’s second star honour.
Grégoire with the two point game has now surpassed his point total from all of last season in his first 15 games played this year. Grégoire tallied 15 points in 49 games during the 2015-2016 campaign. In his third year with the Phoenix, the Sherbrooke native has 17 points (3G, 14A) so far in the 2016-2017 campaign.
Sherbrooke takes on their West-Division rival Blainville Boisbriand Friday night on November 4th, puck drop at 7 pm, for their third straight game at home in the Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet.
- Julien Pelletier (SHE)
- Evan Fitzpatrick (SHE)
- Thomas Grégoire (SHE)
Written by Dylan Konecny
Photo Credit: Vincent Levesque Rousseau
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