Maine Hockey Journal

Piette rallies Maineiacs to overtime win against Drakkar

Lewiston, ME – Hard work paid off for the Lewiston Maineiacs, after falling behind twice during the game, the Maineiacs pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar before 2,632 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Photo by Ron Morin

Photo by Ron Morin

Alexis Piette put the game winning goal in from the slot at the 2:05 mark of the extra session.

“It was great to score the winning goal,” said Lewiston Maineiacs forward Alexis Piette.

Riku Dufva and Billy Lacasse were credited with assists.

Michael Chaput led the Maineiacs with a goal and an assist including the tying goal with 3:57 remaining in the third period. Assists went to Mathieu Gingras and Stefan Fournier.

“The coach told us to go out there and he said we need a goal right away,” said Michael Chaput. “We kept hacking at it and we were lucky it went through.”

Maineiacs Head Coach Don MacAdam praised Michael Chaput and his linemates for their effort on the night.

“The Chaput line just evaluated,” he said. “They were just that much better then everybody else. When we skate and attack around the net, we create opportunities for ourselves.”

Matt Boyle was called slashing with 15 seconds remaining in the second period after an Eric Bonawitz turnover. The penalty proved costly to the Maineiacs when 37 seconds into the second when Marc-Olivier Mimar slid one past Maineiacs goalie Adrien Lemay for the early 1-0 lead.

“We had a good start,” said Baie-Comeau’s head coach Stéphane Hains. “We didn’t play well defensively. We let too many odd man rushes.”

Lewiston had plenty of chances, but getting one to light the lamp, that’s another story.

Hard work paid off with 2:36 left to play in the second period. Pierre-Olivier Morin skated end to end, slipping a backhander past Drakkar goalie Nathan Dunnett.

Baie-Comeau would retake the lead when Guillaume Langelier-Parent stuffed it past Lemay with 6:21 to go in the contest.

“I was upset, it was a bad bounce,” said Lewiston’s goaltender Adrien Lemay said. “I made the first save and I tried to catch it, the guy had an open net.”

Lemay made 30 saves for his second victory of the season, while Nathan Dunnett made 27 saves in the losing effort. The Maineiacs were 1-for-7 with the man advantage, while the Drakkar went 1-for-5.

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