Sherbrooke, Que. – The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies got the revenge they were looking for in Sherbrooke. After falling to the Phoenix at home last week, the Huskies rolled into town and beat the Birds 5-4 in a shootout.
Both teams were opportunistic in the first, but Brendan Cregan and Zachary Emond stood tall in their respective nets to keep the score deadlocked at 0-0 after the first period. Rouyn-Noranda had two power plays in the first but were unable to capitalize on either.
The goals came early and often in the second. The Phoenix grabbed a 2-0 lead, with goals from Nathael Roy and Félix Robert. Roy picked his pocket and fired one over the shoulder of Emond to open the scoring for the Phoenix. His 2nd of the season came shorthanded, giving the Birds their third shorthanded goal in as many games. Three minutes later, Robert deflected a Ryan Da Silva point shot past Emond, to put the Phoenix up 2-0. The lead was short lived however, as the Huskies scored three goals in 1:59 to go up 3-2. MacLennan, Lauko and Gagnon were the scorers for the Dogs. Later in the frame, Alex-Olivier Voyer tied things at 3-3. His goal was initially waved off, but after video review, officials pointed toward center ice, confirming the puck did indeed cross the goal line. Nearing the end of the second, the Phoenix took two penalties, giving the Huskies a 5 on 3 power play for 31 seconds. Abbandonato made them pay, sniping his 5th goal of the season. Rouyn-Noranda took a 4-3 lead into the locker room after two periods.
The Huskies gave the Phoenix numerous opportunities on the power play in the third, and the Birds finally cashed in on their third chance. Voyer banged in his 2nd of the game at 13:51 of the third period to tie the game 4-4.
The contest was tied at the end of regulation and the teams headed to overtime. There were chances at both ends in the extra frame, but neither the Birds, nor the Dogs could finish it.
Poulin and Tardif put the Phoenix ahead in the shootout on separate occasions, but Abbandonato and Harvey-Pinard had answers both times. After Roy missed for the Birds, Tyler Hinam ended it for the Huskies.
Huskies forward, William Dufour, was absent for this one as he is away representing Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He has played in 16 games for the Dogs this year. Phoenix rookie, Patrick Guay, was also selected for the tournament, but was unavailable due to an injury.
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by Evan Milner