Phoenix’s Second Period Surge too much for Gatineau

After coming back from the holiday break, the Phoenix defeated the Drummondville Voltigeurs 4-2 thanks to strong performances from Evan Fitzpatrick, Marek Zachar and newly acquired defenceman Luke Green. The victory against the Vol’s was the Birds’ fifth in their last six games. Against the Olympiques Friday night, Sherbrooke continued to run like a well oiled machine as they defeated Gatineau by a final score of  5-1 with a strong performance.

After the Olympiques went up 1-0 on a power-play goal from Zack MacEwen at 6:54. Sherbrooke responded with a power-play score of their own 82 seconds later. Hugo Roy was credited with the goal on the man advantage after he tipped in a  one-timer point shot from Carl Neill past Mathieu Bellemare; Luke Green also recorded an assist on the play. Sherbrooke out-shot the Olympiques 18-7 in the first twenty minutes.

Despite being out-shot 20-9 in the second period, Sherbrooke was able to capitalize on the few chances they had for a three goal middle frame, scoring all three goals in the span of three and a half minutes.

Marek Zachar scored his 14th goal of the year fooling Bellemare with a deke that let the puck slide right between the unsuspecting goalie’s legs into the net at 7:34. Chase Harwell added onto the Phoenix’s lead with a hard snap-shot into the top right corner of the net after coming down the left wing with speed. After Harwell’s goal, Evan Fitzpatrick kept the Phoenix ahead by two goals with breakaway pad stop on Alex Dostie before Neill increased the Birds lead with a power-play goal from down low in tight on the Gatineau net at 11:01.

After Neill’s score to make it 4-1, Gatineau pulled Bellemare from the game and finished with Tristan Bérubé in net. Bellemare stopped 19/23 shots in 31 minutes of game time.

Félix Robert scored the only goal of the third period from in tight on Bérubé to give the Birds their third power-play goal of the game. Sherbrooke was able to score three goals on five opportunities with the man advantage against Gatineau.

Fitzpatrick turned away 39/40 shots faced in the Birds’ third straight win (the 6th of their last 7 games). Defenceman Vincent Lampron had two assists for his first ever multi-point QMJHL game. Luke Green recorded two assists for the second straight game since joining the Phoenix. Anderson MacDonald also recorded an assist in the game.

Sherbrooke will look to finish off the year strong when they next take on the Shawinigan Cataractes at home for their final game of 2016. Puck drop is set for 2 pm New Year’s Eve at the Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet.

3 Stars:

  1. Evan Fitzpatrick (SHE)
  2. Hugo Roy (SHE)
  3. Carl Neill (SHE)

Written by Dylan Konecny
Photo Credit: Vincent Levesque Rousseau
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