Maritimes – The Sherbrooke Phoenix headed out east for their first of two road trips to the Maritimes this season and it was certainly one to remember. The Birds secured all six points up for grab, defeating the Moncton Wildcats, Saint John Sea Dogs and Acadie-Bathurst Titan on a trip that saw Sherbrooke play three games in as many nights.
Moncton, New Brunswick was the first stop for the Phoenix, for a clash with the second place Wildcats, at the brand-new Avenir Centre. Prior to Friday night, the Cats were on an impressive streak, victorious in 13 of their last 14 games, dating back to October 20th. The Phoenix were on a nice run of their own however, winners in 5 of their last 6 games, and it was the Birds besting the Cats in this one.
Sherbrooke enjoyed a dominating win, lighting the lamp nine times, en route to a crushing 9-2 victory over Moncton. Slovak and Phoenix forward, Oliver Okuliar, scored a hat-trick, bringing his goal total to 10 in his first season overseas. Bailey Peach netted his 1st of the year, and Thommy Monette collected his 5th win of the campaign. Dow, Roy, Guay, Jentzsch and Voyer were the other Phoenix scorers.
The Sea Dogs awaited the Phoenix in Saint John on Saturday, looking to snap their franchise worst 15 game losing streak. Sherbrooke had other plans however, rolling in and knocking off the struggling Dogs, 5-2 at Harbour Station. A pair of Sherbrooke natives, William Villeneuve and Alex D’Orio, gave Saint John reason to believe, but at the end of the day, the Phoenix were too much for the Sea Dogs to handle.
Villeneuve scored his first ever QMJHL goal, giving the Dogs the lead after the first, and D’Orio stood on his head, stopping 49 of the 52 shots he faced, but even that was not enough. Guay, Peach and Jentzsch scored second period goals for the Phoenix, giving them a two-goal advantage after 40 minutes of play. Anthony Boucher made it interesting late, scoring with 2:42 remaining, cutting the Sherbrooke lead in half. Alexandre Joncas and Benjamin Tardif put the Sea Dogs hopes to bed however, as they potted a pair of empty netters to seal the deal for the Birds.
On Sunday, Sherbrooke was in Bathurst, looking to complete the perfect road trip. The hot sticks followed them up north, as the Phoenix netted six more goals against the Titan, in a 6-3 winning cause. Jérémy Rainville registered his first career QMJHL goal for the Phoenix, while Peach scored his 3rd of the road trip. Robert, Poulin, Dow and Y-F Lapointe also scored for the Birds, as they exited New Brunswick with a 3-0-0 record for the weekend.
Sherbrooke is now 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 games, and sit in 8th place overall, with a record of 15-9-1-1.
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For highlights vs Saint John click here.
For highlights vs Acadie-Bathurst click here.
The Phoenix do not play until Friday, November 30th, when the Moncton Wildcats (19-6-2) come to Sherbrooke seeking revenge.
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by Evan Milner