Former Phoenix captain Carl Neill celebrated his return to the Palais des sports with his new formation defeating the Sherbrooks 3-0.
“I got a great tribute before the game. I was really surprised. I thank the organization so much for thinking about me and I was torn on the ice when I returned to Sherbrooke. As for the game, we may have dominated the Phoenix, but we felt that both clubs were tired. ”
Led by Daniel Sprong and Filip Chlapik, the Charlottetown Islanders made only a mouthful of local Saturday afternoon.
“We lacked concentration,” said the coach of the birds, Stephane Julien. We left a lot of energy on the ice yesterday (Friday) against the Huskies and the Islanders form one of the most physical teams of the circuit. It was difficult for my defenders, but in the third period we experienced a new life. The digital benefits could have made a difference, but we have fallen into the trap of individualism and fatigue. ”
“Fatigue should not be an excuse for us,” notes defender Julien Bahl. If not, we will have a problem tomorrow (Sunday) in Boisbriand. Playing three games in three days is not easy, but we must find a way to tap into our energies. ”
Five anemic attacks
Even if the visitors multiplied the shots towards goalkeeper Evan Fitzpatrick, the mark was still 0-0 after 20 minutes.
A long 5-3 advantage of the Phoenix could have changed the rhythm of the match, but the men of Stephane Julien could not take advantage of it.
“We just did not run the games. We practice these situations every week. But there was a lack of concentration, “said the coach.
“Not only have we not marked in this sequence, but we have not even managed to take the momentum,” says Julien Bahl.
Second crucial period
A lucky goal by Francois Beauchemin scored the Islanders in the second period. The puck hit his body and then entered the net.
Shortly afterwards, the Pittsburgh Penguins member Daniel Sprong scored his first goal of a two-run from the enclave and then concluded a two-on-one climb in a beautiful way. Chlapik finished the match with two assists.
These three goals in the second half were the only ones in the match.
“The score is maybe 3-0, it’s not worrying, but I get the impression that the match ended 6-0 and when you look at the total of penalties, it becomes Worrying. We are really not satisfied, “summarized Bahl.
“Fitzpatrick made good stops and it’s hard to win with 40 shots,” said striker Nicolas Roy. Eleven times were played in the first two periods to complete the game with 26 shots. It’s not sufficient. ”
The Phoenix will conclude its weekend blitz against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Sunday afternoon.
“We’ll have to take stock of our game by then. Know what the guys did right or wrong done. We will have to keep our game simple and we will have to rebound against this excellent team, “concluded the Sherbrooke driver.