Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs snap losing streak with win in Gatineau

It finally happened…

The Lewiston Maineiacs finally put a game in the win column with a 4-1 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques in front of 2,570 at the Centre Robert-Guertin on Wednesday night.

It was Nov. 4 when the Maineiacs last won a game.

“The guys played really hard and they played the systems really well,” said Maineiacs interim head coach Jeff Guay. “I think we had ten guys with points tonight.”

The Olympiques broke out to the 1-0 lead when David Kindl found the back of the net for his 11th goal of the season halfway through the first period.

“(Former Maineiacs head coach) Mario Durocher said if you survive the first ten minutes in Gatineau, you have a good chance of winning the game,” Guay stated. “They (scored) at the 9:59 (mark). I told them, hey, we reached our first goal, there is plenty of time left, keep on working.”

Alexis Piette tied the game with 5:48 to play in the first period.

Maineiacs’ defenseman Eric Gelinas found the back of the net for the first time since Nov. 28 when he fired a shot from the high slot, beating Dereck Tait just 8:34 into the second period.

With 2:40 to play in the second period, Pierre-Olivier Morin went end-to-end, firing one past Tait while shorthanded to make it 3-1. Mathieu Brisebois, who was recently recalled from Sherbrooke to the Maineiacs and his defensive partner Samuel Finn were credited with the assists.

Stefan Fournier capped the scoring off with 6:39 to play in the game as he received a pass from Francis Beavillier and was able to beat Tait on the blocker side.

“(Fournier) played real well,” Guay added. He beat the goalie top shelf; it was a real nice wrist shot.”

Adrien Lemay made 32 saves for his 11th victory, while Tait made 31 saves in the losing cause. The Maineiacs were 1-for-5 on the powerplay and the Olympiques were 0-for-6 on the man advantage.

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