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Game Recap – February 28th

It was a second game in 24 hours between the Sherbrooke Phoenix and the Gatineau Olympiques at the Branchaud-Brière Complex.

Contrary to their scoreless loss yesterday, the Phoenix didn’t make the suspense last too long. With less than three minutes of play in the starting period, the former Olympiques Milo Roelens deflected the puck behind Rémi Poirier to open the score with his fourth goal of the season.

A few minutes later, the Phoenix had a two-man advantage but Gatineau’s solid defensive work stopped the threat. Both teams followed that with good scoring chances as they took turns knocking on the door.

It was at the end of the period that both goalkeepers finally gave in. Firstly, Joshua Roy took advantage of a long pass from Olivier Crête-Belzile to escape and beat Rémi Poirier between the pads to make it 2-0. With just seven seconds left in the period, the Olympiques then followed with a goal from Zach Dean.

2nd period

Much like the day before, the Phoenix dominated in shots on goal in the second period but it was the Olympiques who had the most opportunism. Following a good low shot from Gabriel Jackson, William Dagenais jumped on the return to tie the game with a shot from the top of the net.

Goalkeeper Rémi Poirier then stopped all of Sherbrooke’s shots. His teammates rewarded him with a power play goal, courtesy of Métis Roelens who took a good shot on reception from the enclave to give his team the lead.

3rd period

The Olympiques came into the third period with the same strong momentum as they were playing at the end of the second period, repeatedly testing the Phoenix goaltender Samuel Hlavaj. Their constant pressure payed off on a power play with Zach Dean doubling the Olympiques lead, his second goal of the game.

The great defensive play from the Olympiques took care of the rest and that  materialized into back-to-back wins against the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

Final score: 4-2 Olympiques.

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