Victoriaville, QC. – For the first time this season, the Phoenix were in Victoriaville for a meeting with the Tigers. Prior to Friday’s game, the Birds were 3-0-0 against Victo, limiting them to a combined two goals in the trio of games. While the defence, accompanied by Dakota Lund-Cornish in goal, were able to lock down, the offence failed to produce more than a single goal in the 2-1 loss to the Tigers.
Sherbrooke, who are coming off a frustrating loss to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada were looking to get the ball rolling again but simply could not find their rhythm at the Colisée Desjardins.
“We weren’t skating like we normally do. Our start to the game was very slow. It’s a little bit deceiving,” said Julien. “Defensively, it was tough and offensively we did nothing. We fell into their trap, because the Tigers were patient and our team was flat.”
Dakota Lund-Cornish did his part, keeping his team in the game stopping 25 of 27 shots, including a highlight reel save to deny Egor Serdyuk, earning himself the QMJHL #PlayOfTheNight. On a 4 on 3 power play, Tigers defenseman, Dominic Cormier, skated in toward goal before sliding it across to Serdyuk who released a one timer but was robbed by Lund-Cornish who sprawled to make the spectacular glove save.
“I felt good tonight and I really wanted to give my team a chance to win,” stated Lund-Cornish. “It was a tight battle throughout the entire game, and it was all a question of the little details. I was beat on a bad rebound. Saturday in Sherbrooke we will need to come out even harder. It will be a good test for us, and we are ready for it.”
Feliks Morozov found the back for the net for the Tigers at 12:12 of the opening period to give the locals a 1-0 lead.
It was not until the third period until the fans in Victoriaville would see another goal, when Patrick Guay buried his 12th of the season off a wonderful feed from Samuel Poulin.
The newcomer, Anthony Poulin, regained the lead for the Tigers just minutes later however, banging home a rebound for the game winning goal.
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The Phoenix take on the Drummondville Voltigeurs at home on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
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by Evan Milner