Maine Hockey Journal

Lewiston can’t hold off the Tigres

Victoriaville, QC– The Victoriaville Tigres didn’t come out flat. They came back three times to defeat the Lewiston Maineiacs 4-3. Chicago Blackhawk prospect, Maxime Tanguay had two goals to lead the way. Maxime Gratchev also had two goals for the Maineiacs.

The Tigres controlled the play early on. Phillip Wright was peppered early on. Lewiston went on the penalty kill when Alexander Beaton went to the penalty box at the 4:20 mark. Victoriaville had chances early on. Pierre-Olivier Morin had a short handed chance but he was hauled down. He was awarded a penalty shot and he beat Kevin Poulin at the 6:06 mark.

Victoriaville went on another powerplay when Samuel Finn got called for tripping 18 seconds later. The Tigres set up another powerplay. Maxime Tanguay though he tied the game up at the 6:58 mark. The referees waived the goal off. They went to the video review. After a few minutes, they reversed the decision. Lewiston had chances.

Patrick Cusack went to the penalty box. Lewiston killed the penalty off. Maxime Robichaud went to the sin bin with 10:58 remaining. The Maineiacs couldn’t get anything going on the powerplay. Matt Bourdeau flicked the puck over the glass went to the penalty box with 8:02 remaining. They killed off the penalty.

Maxime Gratchev would give Lewiston the lead when he roofed it past Poulin on the powerplay. Eric Gelinas and Etienne Brodeur got the assists. Jonathan Bonneau was in the sin bin.

Billy Lacasse went to the penalty box just 1:50 into the period. Victoriaville tied the game when Jonathan Bonneau potted his seventh of the year. Maxime Robichaud and Philip-Michaël Devos grabbed the assists at the 2:34 mark. Beaton and Ryan Jasinsky each got matching minors at the 6:02 mark.

Paquette drilled a Tigres player. Lewiston went on the powerplay as Kirill Tulupov went to the sin bin with 10:14 remaining. Lewiston couldn’t convert on the man advantage but Gratchev beat Poulin for the second time with a blast from the circle with 5:33 remaining. Danick Paquette got the lone assist.

A scrum broke out but Paquette was the lone player to go to the sin bin with 29 seconds left in the period.

The Tigres took advantage of the powerplay at the start of the third. Maxime Tanguay got his second of the game. The goal came 67 seconds into the stanza. Joel Chouinard and Andrej Nestrasil set the goals up. Lewiston had a chances soon after but the shots went wide.

3:30 into the period, Olivier Hinse got his ninth of the year. Maxime Robichaud and Keven Dupont got the helpers. Maxime Robichaud went to the sin bin at the 5:41 mark and Dupont joined him 69 seconds later. Gratchev had a great chance to tie the game as he split the defense. Alexander Beaton had great chance in the slot.

The play went back and forth for a little while. Gratchev was trying to get tie the game up. His best chance was with five minutes remaining. Eric Gelinas let a blast go right after but Poulin made the save. Lewiston had trouble getting the puck out of their own zone with under a minute left. They had a chance when Poulin was out of position but couldn’t get a shot net.

Kevin Poulin made 28 saves and Phillip Wright turned away 33 shots. Lewiston was 1 for 6 with the man advantage and Victoriaville was 3 for 6 on the powerplay.

Notes: The Maineiacs welcomed new additions to their line up. Samuel Finn dressed as he came from the Michael Ward trade. Nick Huard was in unfamiliar territory as he was in the visitor’s locker room at the Colisée Desjardins. He came over from Victoriaville that sent Pierre-Luc Pelletier to the Tigres. Tommy Dery dressed for the first time this season for Lewiston. He came up when the team released Lucas LaBelle. The Maineiacs were without Denis Reul who’s at the World Junior Championships for Team Germany. Garrett Clarke is with Team Atlantic at the World Under-17 Challenge.

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