Mid-season report: 2018-2019
The Phoenix have officially reached the halfway point of the 2018-2019 season and it is time for the mid-season report. Here is all you need to know about the first half of the year:
Through 34 games this season the Phoenix own a record of 19-13-1-1 for a total of 40 points. They sit in 3rd place in the Western Conference standings and 9th overall.
Alex-Olivier Voyer leads the team in points (20-17-37), followed by Samuel Poulin (14-21-35) and Benjamin Tardif (7-21-28).
Voyer went on an impressive seven-game scoring streak, lasting from October 28th – November 17th. He netted 12 goals during that span. Poulin represented the QMJHL in the annual Canada-Russia series in November, and recently got the call to play in the CHL Top Prospects game in January. Their line-mate, Patrick Guay (11-6-17), continues to have a stellar rookie campaign as he’s notched 17 points in 22 games played. Sherbrooke’s first round pick in the 2018 QMJHL Draft was injured for the majority of October but returned to the lineup in style in early November. The trio of Poulin-Guay-Voyer has provided much of the Phoenix’s offence since being linked up.
Slovak forward, Oliver Okuliar (12-13-25) and German winger, Taro Jentzsch (10-14-24) are among the top 10 in rookie scoring in the QMJHL. Both players have left the team at a point in the season to join their respective countries in hopes of playing at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
On defence, Ryan Da Silva (5-18-23) leads the way, as he ranks in the top 10 in scoring among defenceman in the league. Jérémy Jacques owns the best +/- record at +12.
Brendan Cregan has tallied 10 wins for the Birds in goal, while fellow netminder, Thommy Monette has collected 7 of his own. Thomas Sigouin was injured early in the season and will be out for the remainder of the year.
As a team, Sherbrooke ranks in 6th on the power play at 24.4% and 10th on the penalty kill at 78.1%. Their best winning streak was five games from November 4th – November 17th, over Charlottetown, Blainville-Boisbriand, Saint John, Shawinigan and Gatineau.
Stéphane Julien and the Phoenix look to carry the momentum into the second half of the season, which begins on December 28th, 2018 in Québec at the Centre Vidéotron.