While America mourns the death of singer Karl Tremblay, and in Quebec all flags are lowered to half-mast, Phoenix paid tribute to the famous singer in its own way by organizing a performance with a perfect trip.
“We worked like bees tonight causing turnovers and being opportunistic,” notes Phoenix coach Gilles Bouchard. I mentioned to the players that the story of the game was Samuel St-Hilaire who kept us in the game after a tough outing from our guys at the start of the game. After that, the whole team took control of the game: it was just a matter of Sam St-Hilaire. »
After an insignificant first part, the two teams found themselves on opposite sides in the second part.
“It was a game of chess in the first period,” admits Joël Perrault, coach of Océanico. We stopped playing in the second half. We knew Phoenix was a club that was disciplined in the way they played and we couldn’t be undisciplined by stopping the game. That cost us the victory. We are not satisfied with our game. We looked sleepy and Sherbrooke deservedly won. »
The visiting defense seemed to shut down in the second period, allowing the Phoenix to score three times thanks to accurate throws by Lewis Gendron and Jakub Hujer, as well as an offensive attack by Jean-Félix Lapointe, who scored his first goal in junior hockey.
“I didn’t expect to score my first goal in a two-on-one,” says defender Jean-Félix Lapointe. I saw a gap and I took advantage of it. I’m very happy to score my first goal in the QMJHL, but I’m especially happy to win this game, because everyone worked hard tonight. Our team spirit is strong, we play together and our team play allows us to climb the ladder and compete against the best teams. »
“We have great chemistry, Lewis Gendron, Olivier Dubois and I,” notes Hujer. You can easily find yourself at the ice rink. By the way, tonight we wanted to be strong and collectively we played a good game. Tonight we have to thank our goalkeeper once again, he is an important factor in our success this season. »
Mavrick Lachance took advantage of the cage left empty by goalkeeper Cédric Massé and added the fourth goal to the scorers for Phoenix.
There was something good about the cold November at the Palais des Sports: the 2,136 spectators jumped out of their seats for the fifth and final time after Hugo Primeau’s best goal of the game.
And after a quick trip to Quebec on Friday night, the Phoenix will return to the Palais des sports on Saturday at 6pm to welcome those same Remparts to conclude a blitz of three games in as many days.
“Starting this streak with a win gives us great momentum for the other two games,” emphasizes Jean-Félix Lapointe.
Gilles Bouchard’s men remain in sixth place in the overall standings, with Tigres and Océanica in the rear-view mirror thanks to the two points earned after this 5-0 win.
“The standings are tight, but there are still a lot of games to play, so right now I’m not telling my players all that before the games. It will come later in the season. We are still young and tonight we had a big test, but unfortunately we did not play for 60 minutes and we will have to correct that quickly,” concludes Joël Perrault.