BOISBRIAND, Que. – Montreal Canadiens prospect Joshua Roy had a goal and an assist to guide Sherbrooke Phoenix to a 7-5 win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Thursday night.
Watched by Habs player development coach Francis Bouillon, Roy scored the goal that gave Phoenix a 4-3 lead and started a three-goal run in the third period.
Roy and linemate Xavier Parent, who set the table for their team’s two successes, lead the playoffs in scoring with 16 points.
Julien Anctil scored his eighth goal, a QMJHL-most since the start of the playoffs, for the Phoenix, who reached the semifinals for the first time in their history.
Sherbrooke’s company also saw Justin Gill, on two occasions, Jean-Raphaël Roy, Stéphane Huard Jr. and Anthony Munroe-Boucher run the red light.
Jakob Robillard allowed five goals on 27 shots for Phoenix, but his offense managed to give him another three-goal cushion in the third period.
Alexis Gendron recorded a hat-trick and added an assist for Armada. Antoine Roy and Zachary Cardinal completed the scoring.
Charles-Edward Gravel stopped 32 of the 38 drives he faced.
Phoenix carved out a 3-0 lead, Armada tied the game with three unanswered goals and Sherbrooke took the lead by a good two with another three-goal push.
The Falls hold the sweep
Shawinigan Cataractes earned a 1-0 victory to win their second round series against Gatineau Olympiques in three games.
Olympics 0 – Waterfalls 1
Pierrick Dubé opened the scoring in the second 66 of play and the rest of the game fell to Antoine Coulombe, who recorded his first career playoff shutout. He made 32 saves.
The Falls reach the semifinals for the first time since 2016 and only for the third time in 20 years.
Olympiques goalkeeper Rémi Poirier stopped 24 shots in the loss.
The islanders still in the 3rd round
Brett Budgell scored two goals as the Charlottetown Islanders beat the Acadie-Bathurst Titan to complete their three-game series sweep.
The Islanders advance to the third round of the playoffs for the fourth time in their last five seasons. This sequence does not include the 2019-2020 season when the QMJHL playoffs were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Francesco Lapena stopped 35 shots and Jérémie Biakabutuka had two assists for the Islanders.
Budgell opened the scoring in the top of the second and Patrick Guay doubled the Islanders’ lead in the first minute of the third.
Cole Huckins answered for the Titan midway through the third and Budgell completed the scoring to an empty net with four seconds left in the game.
Jan Bednar made 32 saves for the Titan in the loss.
This defeat ends the course of hope for Canadian Riley Kidney. The striker could join Laval Rocket for their next round in the playoffs.
The Remparts take control of the series
Quebec Remparts beat Rimouski Oceanic 4-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Mikael Huchette and James Malatesta gave Quebec a 2-0 lead by scoring late in the first half and early in the second, respectively.
Xavier Cormier answered for the Océanic early in the third, but Zachary Bolduc and Nathan Gaucher scored in an empty net to confirm the victory for the Remparts.
William Rousseau made 20 saves. He had only faced eight Oceanic shots in 40 minutes of play.
Patrik Hamrla gave up his place in the Océanic goal after conceding twice from 16 shots. Gabriel Robert then parried all 20 shots aimed at him.
The Remparts will have a chance to complete the semifinals on Friday in Game 4 of the series.
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