The Phoenix came close to replay the same turn Cataractes Saturday afternoon in Shawinigan. After enjoying a two-goal lead, Stеphane Julien men have not held up this time, allowing the opponent to score three unanswered goals en route to a victory of 3 to 2.
“What is disappointing is that we stopped playing for seven or eight minutes, especially when four against four in which too was allowed space Cataractes explains Stéphane Julien coach. Otherwise, I was happy with what I saw. the game plan was respected by not taking too many unnecessary chances. ”
The series will bring in Sherbrooke Tuesday with a victory on either side. sure enough, two days rest will benefit the Phoenix since many players were overtaxed with the absence of Jérémy Roy Kay Schweri Harwell and Chase to name a few.
The fans at Gervais Auto Centre were treated to a copy of Friday’s game early on.
The Phoenix quickly registered the mark on a goal by Guillaume Gauthier, who has accepted a clever pass by Daniel Audette while it was behind the net Philippe Cadorette, blinded by the hard work Audette.
As he had done the day before, the Phoenix has offered a two-goal lead during a power play in the second twenty. The art of silencing the crowd a lesson offered by Guillaume Gauthier, once again, who recovered a rebound to score his third in the series.
After seeing Evan Fitzpatrick realize many important judgments, the Cataractes once again responded with two goals in the second period, the work of Dennis Yan and Dmytro Timashov, which blew the Gervais Auto Centre.
The Phoenix hoping history repeats itself: take the lead through a third goal. His wish was not granted.
For the first time in this series, Shawinigan has therefore offered a one-point lead. Alexis D’Aoust beat Evan Fitzpatrick with a long distance shot, which was a second goal in a minute.
The strategy of Phoenix suddenly changed in the last third. Birds were to open the game hoping comeback. But men Stéphane Julien seemed to lack energy in the final minutes.
“We got opportunities at the end anyway, noted Stéphane Julien. It has a limited alignment and the guys worked hard, I’m not disappointed with the result. Today was not a part of special units unlike Friday. That was the only difference really. The two clubs have also played a bit on the heels respecting the opponent. ”
worse, in the last seconds of the game, Guillaume Gauthier saw the pass of Carl Neill leap before his palette while enjoying a deserted left cage before him.
“I would obviously have liked to put the puck in the goal late on, says Gauthier, but we leave at least Shawinigan with a win and we are glad to come home. ”
Note in conclusion that the Phoenix will once again be without Jeremy Roy and Kay Schweri Tuesday, two pillars bothered by an injury.