Sherbrooke, Que. – The Phoenix were missing a little bit of jump in their step on Sunday afternoon, falling 6-1 to the Drummondville Voltigeurs, snapping a five- game winning streak.
Just when it looked like we were headed for a scoreless first period, the Volts scored three times in 2:01 to grab a commanding 3-0 lead going into the intermission. Brandon Skubel, Felix Lauzon and Gregor MacLeod were the Drummondville scorers. Shortly after the midway point of the first, Ryan DaSilva and Alec Reid dropped the gloves, after Reid leveled Phoenix forward, Julien Anctil, in open ice. The puck was nowhere near Anctil at the time of the hit, however there was no call on the play. The Volts out-shot the Birds 15-12 in the first.
The second period was a carbon copy of the first. The Phoenix were unable to produce any offence and the Volts scored twice in the final two minutes, sucking the life out of the Sherbrooke crowd. Cédric Desruisseaux had the Voltigeurs fourth goal at 18:11 and Marc-Olivier Duquette registered his 1st of the season at 19:30.
Thommy Monette replaced Brendan Cregan in net for the Phoenix to start the third. The 17-year-old had his work cut out for him, facing 15 shots in the final stanza, bringing the Voltigeurs total to 43 for the game. Jarrett Baker was the only one capable of beating him, however, while Joe Veleno registered his fourth assist of the night on the Volts’ goal. The Detroit first round pick was all over the ice tonight for the visitors, again showcasing his impressive talent versus the Phoenix this year.
In the final minute of the game, Patrick Guay connected on a feed from Alex-Olivier Voyer to ruin the shutout bid for Olivier Rodrigue. To be fair, Guay, who was playing against his older brother Nicolas for the first time, deserved the goal, as he had a strong outing for the Birds. The rookie was a threat almost every time he touched the ice. Coach, Stéphane Julien, seemed to have noticed this and rewarded him with much more playing time in the third. Nonetheless, the Voltigeurs left Sherbrooke with a 6-1 win, defeating the Phoenix for the third time this year.
Alex-Olivier Voyer’s seven-game goal streak, that began on October 28, came to an end on Sunday. He had 12 goals over that span.
Prior to puck drop, the Phoenix honoured their Director of Operations, Sylvie Fortier, who is retiring. Congratulations to Sylvie for her dedication and devotion to the league and to the Sherbrooke Phoenix organization.
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The Phoenix head out east to the Maritimes for three games in three nights. First up, the Moncton Wildcats (18-4-2) on Friday, November 23, at 6:00 p.m.
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by Evan Milner