All good things have an end. It took a tour of the leaders of the QMJHL to see the Phoenix be slowed down in its impressive sequence. On Tuesday night, the Armada silenced the birds and left Sherbrooke with a 4-0 victory.
At almost nine games without a loss in regulation, the Phoenix was unrecognizable. Did he hit his Waterloo?
“Have we found our man? I do not think, advance coach Stéphane Julien. Because our club did not break down and did not play one hundred percent of its abilities. It was not our real team tonight. “
Little concentration, lack of opportunism, defensive coverage defective against the best markers of the opposing team and unnecessary punishment. All these ingredients give a bad recipe.
Several chances of scoring have been missed by the locals. And unlike the Phoenix, the Armada has seized all its opportunities.
“In the first half, we missed two empty goals and we lost the pace,” said Julien. Shorthanded, we had to watch Teasdale, Alain and Barré-Boulet: they all scored. The instructions were clear. They should not be allowed to shoot. We missed concentration. ”
While the pilot from Sherbrooke had some answers, the Phoenix players seemed to be still looking for the reasons for this bad exit.
“It’s a frustrating match, admits Félix Robert. We did not show up. We will have to find our good old habits. Something was missing. What exactly? I do not know. A little bit of everything, maybe. We came back to earth and we will have to come back stronger. Maybe it took us to wake up and be hard to stop again. ”
“Nothing was going well,” said Captain Hugo Roy. Yet we had good chances. We could not capitalize on our digital advantages, unlike the Armada. ”
Indeed, difficult to find positive in this defeat.
“We were late on all sequences, said the pilot of Birds. Our second period was very difficult. At five against five, we played well. Their goalie has been better than ours and their best players too. My top six and my goalkeeper were not up to the Leclerc, Teasdale and company. “