Victory of the Phoenix against the Tigers: a reassuring start for Thomas Sigouin
Goalkeeper Thomas Sigouin delivered a reassuring performance on Friday night at the Palais des Sports in a 4-2 win over the Sherbrooke Phœnix against the Victoriaville Tigres. Reassuring for him, but also for the team, who preferred to the detriment of Dakota Lund-Cornish to assist goalkeeper Samuel Hlavaj.
ThePhoenix played his first pre-season game in eight days and it was the perfect opportunity to employ young Sigouin for an entire game, who missed most of the 2018-19 season due to a knee injury .
Not only has he delivered a match to the taste of his coach, but he is perhaps blurring the cards as to the identity of the number one goalkeeper of the team, says Stéphane Julien.
Sigouin faced 27 shots.
“Yes, a reassuring match. He was very solid. He played with confidence, I did not feel nervous at all. He also played well with the puck around the net. We are lucky, we have two goalkeepers who are very skilled in this facet of the game, “said the coach after the match.
“I love that our two goalkeepers are fighting for play time like this. Internal competition, it can only be good. Thomas is a competitor; my philosophy is that he is the best goalkeeper to play. There is no number hooked after anyone. I’m happy, we never had such a great competition in the net since I was with the Phoenix, “even Julien, about the game of his goalkeepers Sigouin and Samuel Hlavaj.
Jacob Rabouin and Nathael Roy launched the Phoenix ahead 2-0 in the opening period.
The Phoenix controlled the game with ease until the Tigers tied the game with two goals from Anthony Poulin in just over three minutes in the third period.
Defender Yann-Félix Lapointe scored the winning goal with 32 seconds left in the game.
Xavier Parent concretized with a goal in a desert net.
Julien had good words for the performance of Nathael Roy, a trusted player for the Phoenix, the coach said.
“We did physical tests recently, and Nathael is one of the best on the team. He continues to progress and I know that I can use it in any situation. Felix Robert and he did not get it easy. But their goal was to play in the junior, and they spared no effort. These are good examples to follow for our guys. ”
“I also liked Bailey Peach’s (two-pass) play tonight (Friday). He was excellent, again. I like his training camp so far, he is involved, he brings speed, he produces scoring chances and I like his attitude. It’s up to our expectations, “said Julien of the Phoenix first-round pick two years ago.
“We had a good week of training, despite the fact that we were missing four guys, who went to professional camps. That’s why I asked Thomas and Jérémy Grégoire, Gabriel Fontaine, and Cédric Montminy to train with us. Like that, my guys can see the caliber of play needed to reach the next level. ”
The Phoenix has two more pre-season games against Victoriaville and Blainville-Boisbriand on September 13 and 14, before starting their regular season 2019-20 on Friday, September 20, hosting Chicoutimi.