Sherbrooke, Que. – The Phoenix exploded for five goals in the third period to knock off the Gatineau Olympiques 7-3 on Saturday afternoon. They trailed 3-2 going into the final frame but were able to take advantage of a drained Olympiques team, who was playing their second game in 24 hours.
Taro Jentzsch opened the scoring 1:32 into the game on a nice wrister from the slot. Gatineau had three power plays in the first but were unable to capitalize on any of their chances. Shots were 8-6 in favour of the Phoenix after one period of play.
The Olympiques owned the second period, scoring three times to take the lead. Charles-Antoine Roy started things off for the visitors, and shortly after, Gabriel Bilodeau, squeezed one by Thommy Monette to give Gatineau the lead. Oliver Okuliar responded for the Birds, firing one past a stunned Creed Jones to tie the game at 2-2. However, less than a minute later, Maxim Trépanier, regained the advantage for the Olympiques. After the second the visitors lead 3-2.
Alex-Olivier Voyer tied the game at 3-3, just over three minutes into the third period and it was all Sherbrooke from there. Samuel Poulin buried a beautiful backhand on the power play, giving the Birds the lead. It was the highly touted prospect’s 10th goal of the year. Bobby Dow, Ryan DaSilva and Alex-Olivier Voyer added to the Phoenix lead, and they sailed comfortably to their fifth win in a row.
”In the third period we skated better, we drew penalties, the puck was moving much faster and we were able to score a couple of big goals on the power play,” says coach, Stéphane Joulien.
Voyer is now the owner of a seven-game scoring streak, the second longest in Phoenix franchise history. That title belongs to Nicolas Poulin, brother of Samuel Poulin, who scored in nine consecutive games in the 2017-2018 season.
”He’s at the net in the dangerous areas. He’s getting in front of the goalie and is in a momentum swing at the moment. I’m happy for him, he had a rough start to the year, but his work ethic and attitude is excellent and it’s paying off for him now,” said Julien when asked about Voyer’s success of late.
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The Drummondville Voltigeurs (14-6-1) roll into town tomorrow, November 18th, to play the Phoenix at the Palais des Sports. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
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by Evan Milner