By Michael Boriero
With just four wins over their last 10 games, the Sherbrooke Phoenix have hit a bit of a rough patch heading into the holiday break, and their downward spiral was highlighted in a lopsided 7-1 loss to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens on Sunday.
It was Sherbrooke’s first blowout loss of the season. However, it also encapsulated the team’s recent struggles to find the back of the net, as well as keeping pucks out of their own end. They haven’t been closing out games like they have in the past, and the trend is worrisome.
According to Jonathan Deschenes, who stepped in as interim head coach while Stephane Julien is away with Hockey Canada for the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, it’s simple: the Phoenix aren’t burying their chances, and there have been countless opportunities.
“There was a part at the beginning where we didn’t have the results that we wanted, but we were playing the right way. We had a lot of chances, more than the opponent, we had a lot of puck possession, but we were getting gutted on both ends of the ice,” Deschenes explained.
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