The Tigres and the Phoenix seemed to be heading for a defensive duel after twenty minutes, but the two offensives exploded with seven goals in second. The two teams traded goals several times, until the Tigres in the end held out to win 6-5 on Sunday afternoon at the Palais des Sports.
In the fifteenth second of the second period, Jimmy Huntington beat Thommy Monette with a sharp shorthanded shot, then Evan MacKinnon responeded for the Birds with an arrow in the corner two minutes later to make 1-1.
The Phoenix were the victims of bad luck, when goalkeeper Monette was punished for playing the puck outside the trapezoid for a penalty. Marco Cavalleri took the opportunity to score in the following sequence, then Félix Boivin doubled the lead later on the power play.
These events didn’t discourage Sherbrooke, who continued to compete. Kevin Gilbert narrowed the gap, and Samuel Poulin redirected Alexander Joncas’ shot under Anthony Morrone’s pads to create tie it, 3-3.
The Birds, however, had not had enough. With 20 seconds to play in the period, Yaroslav Alexeyev connected with Samuel Poulin’s low shot to make it 4-3.
The Tigers replied at the beginning of the third. Egor Kurbatov finally beat Thommy Monette , then Benjamin Thibeault gave the scored witha powerful shot from the point. Félix Boivin soon reaffirmed the two goal lead from earlier at the end of the game, bringing the score to 6-4.
Yaroslav Alexeyev narrowed the gap to only one goal with 72 seconds to go, but it will be too late. The Tigres held on to the lead for the rest of the game making it 6-5.