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Road to the President Cup: Sherbrooke Phoenix

 

PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS
1) Blainville-Boisbriand Armada vs. 16) Val d’Or Foreurs
2) Acadie-Bathurst Titan vs. 15) Chicoutimi Saguenéens
3) Rimouski Océanic vs. 14) Moncton Wildcats
4) Halifax Mooseheads vs. 13) Baie-Comeau Drakkar
5) Drummondville Voltigeurs vs. 12) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
6) Victoriaville Tigres vs. 11) Gatineau Olympiques
7) Rouyn-Noranda Huskies vs. 10) Sherbrooke Phoenix
8) Quebec Remparts vs. 9) Charlottetown Islanders


FINAL STANDINGS, REGULAR SEASON / (W-L-OTL-SOL)
*Blainville-Boisbriand Armada – 107 points (50-11-4-3)
*Acadie-Bathurst Titan – 96 points (43-15-8-2)
*Rimouski Océanic – 93 points (42-17-6-3)
Halifax Mooseheads – 93 points (43-18-6-1)
Drummondville Voltigeurs – 92 points (44-20-3-1)
Victoriaville Tigres – 90 points (42-20-4-2)
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies – 88 points (39-19-7-3)
Quebec Remparts – 86 points (40-22-3-3)
Charlottetown Islanders – 81 points (37-24-7-0)
Sherbrooke Phoenix – 79 points (34-23-7-4)
Gatineau Olympiques – 73 points (32-27-5-4)
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – 72 points (32-28-6-2)
Baie-Comeau Drakkar – 65 points (30-33-4-1)
Moncton Wildcats – 62 points (27-33-5-3)
Chicoutimi Saguenéens – 61 points (28-35-4-1)
Val-d’Or Foreurs – 45 points (19-42-5-2)
Shawinigan Cataractes – 39 points (16-45-6-1)
Saint John Sea Dogs – 39 points (14-43-9-2)

*NOTE: The division winners are the first three seeded teams.


TOP SCORERS
Thomas Grégoire (Defenseman) – 12G 57A 69P
Nicolas Poulin (Forward) – 35G 30A 65P
Yaroslav Alexeyev (Forward) – 20G 33A 53P
Mathieu Olivier (Forward) – 27G 22A 49P
Marek Zachar (Forward) – 24G 24A 48P


LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE
2016 (Lost in the first round, against the Shawinigan Cataractes)


TOTAL PLAYOFF APPEARANCES IN TEAM HISTORY (since 2012-13)
3
(2013, 2015, 2016)


LAST PRESIDENT CUP
None to this day


REGULAR SEASON SUMMARY
The 2017-18 QMJHL season has the Sherbrooke Phoenix back in the playoffs after a disappointing 17th place finish in the 2016-17 season. A large part of their turnaround this season has been attributed to their improved offensive depth. In both seasons, they have relied on the offensive production from defenseman Thomas Gregoire, who has led the team in points in consecutive seasons, the first time the feat has happened in QMJHL history. The Phoenix enter the playoffs on fire as they have a record of 9-1-0-0 in their last 10 games. This is a team that has proven that it can catch fire at a moments notice, which is a dangerous proposition come playoff time. They had a nine-game winning streak from February 14th to March 7th, which was instrumental in them capturing 10th place in the league standings. Their main concern this year has been their defensive play and goaltending. They have given up 234 goals on the season which is 12th in the league and have an overall goal differential of -6. Also, their special teams have been anything but special, but their power play could heat up at anytime based on the offensive talent they possess. Their power play ranked ninth in the league at 20.0% and their lowly penalty kill ranked 14th in the league with its 77.4% success rate. The Phoenix attempted to fix their goaltending woes at the deadline when they acquired experienced goaltender Reilly Pickard from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and he has provided solid play in goal since then. He just might be the x-factor they needed to make a deep playoff run.

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