A very high intensity start to the match, the Olympiques are working very hard in the offensive zone. Several good chances to score.
The Phoenix is the first team to register on the scorecard. A beautiful play by Guay and Vaillancourt that allows Lessard to open the brand.
The first period ends with plays in both ends. 7-12 shots in favor of the visitors.
The second period begins and the Phoenix controls the action. No shots from the 2 teams before the 6th minute. Intense play, robust and quite airtight between the two formations.
10:25 in the second period, new goaltenders for both teams. Gabriel Boissonneault takes the place of Emerik Despatie, who conceded 1 goal on the 16 shots received.
The Phoenix doubles its lead a little more than 3 minutes after the change of goalkeepers. It’s Thomas Bégin, assisted by Anctil and Bellamy who foils the goalkeeper Boissonneault, with a deflection shot.
The Olympiques did not give up and got a chance to reduce the score. However, the shot from Roelens was too high. In counterattack, the Phoenix was opportunistic and scored a third goal. It was now 3-0 Sherbrooke with 5 minutes to go in the second half.
The second half ended with some great chances from the Olympiques.
Like the second period, the third starts with several chances from the two teams. It’s the Olympiques that score first. On a loose game, Tristan Allard picked up a puck and scored. He reduced the gap to 2 goals.
A few minutes later, Zach Dean reduced the gap to 1 goal with an individual play. He’s ready for the season.
The Olympiques added to that. Métis Roelens’ individual work to keep control of the puck, which he passed to Pier-Olivier Roy, paid off. A perfect shot puts the counters to 0.
The Olympiques were unrecognizable in the third period. They took the lead on another individual game by Zach Dean. The 17-year-old striker scored his second goal of the game and it was 4-3 Olympiques.
With 1 minute 10 seconds to go in the third period, the Phoenix scores… Back to square one for both teams. An OT will be required.
After a hotly contested overtime period, the winner will be chosen in a shootout. After goals on each side, it was Anctil who ended the debate and allowed his team, Sherbrooke, to win it 5-4.
“It was an extremely difficult camp physically and mentally.”
About Tristan Allard: «A big man with good hands. It was a first match for him and he showed very nice things».
“Our two goaltenders were good. Despatie was in control and Boissonneault was very strong in overtime and even in shootout. Beautiful flashes of our two 17-year-old goalies”.