Late by two goals in the third period, the Sherbrooke Phoenix scored four unanswered goals in less than three minutes to save themselves with a 6-4 win over the Quebec Remparts on Saturday at the Palais des Sports.
For the occasion of the Christmas match, the Phoenix wore a sweater in the colors of the holiday season.
Evan MacKinnon (two goals, one assist) and Marek Zachar (two goals, one assist) led the charge for Sherbrookers who are still ranked 9th overall with 37 points since the start of the season.
Without being perfect, Evan Fitzpatrick made the necessary to sign his 8th win of the season. He stopped 23 of 27 shots from visitors. He had the upper hand over his rival Dereck Baribeau who had a tough exit with six goals on 35 shots.
The Remparts scored early in the first half, but Stéphane Julien’s squad responded well by controlling the game for the rest of the first 20 minutes. The Sherbrookers scored two quick goals in the final minute of MacKinnon and Zachar’s graceful engagement.
The Phoenix, however, came out flat in the second half. The Remparts took the opportunity to take control of the game by scoring three times on 18 shots.
Stéphane Julien raised the tone between the second and third period and the message was understood by his troopers who had one of their best times of the season to get the victory to the delight of the 2,334 spectators present at the meeting . The Phoenix took advantage of the indiscipline Remparts to register four quick goals, including three on the power play.
The Phoenix does not have an easy schedule by the break of the holidays, he will go to Rimouski Wednesday to face the Oceanic and Blainville Saturday for a duel against his pet peeve, the Armada.