Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs take all four points against the Tigres

Lewiston, ME – The Lewiston Maineiacs held onto a one goal lead once again for the second straight night against the Victoriaville Tigres. In front of 1,609 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, the Maineiacs came away with the 3-2 victory against their divisional foe.

“The players worked hard,” said Lewiston Maineiacs’ head coach Jean-Francois Houle. “All the credit to the players they battled all night.”

Philippe Mailet gave Victoriaville a 1-0 lead when he won the offensive zone face-off and his shot beat Adrien Lemay upstairs. The goal came 5:59 into the opening period.

“We played decent, but we didn’t play well enough,” said Victoriaville Head Coach Yanick Jean after the game.

The Maineiacs had their chances in the first period as they fired 12 shots on Victoriaville’s goaltender Kevin Poulin, but went into the intermission down by one.

Nick Huard who returned to the Maineiacs on Sunday after being a late training camp cut tied the contest at one with 51 seconds remaining in the second period. The goal was his first as a Maineiac.

“We dug down deep and finally put one in there,” said Nick Huard.

Kevin Poulin left a rebound in the slot and Huard had the open net to shoot at. Pierre-Olivier Morin let the initial shot go and Sebastian Trudeau received the secondary assist.

“Huard’s goal was big,” said Lewiston Maineiacs’ captain Billy Lacasse.

Victoriaville retook the lead a little over seven minutes into the third on the powerplay. Philip-Michael Devos recorded his 18th goal of the year. Guillaume Goulet picked up the lone assist.

Etienne Brodeur was in the box for slashing as he got the Tigres’ netminder, Kevin Poulin square in the neck.

Lewiston pulled back even with 8:29 remaining in the game when Billy Lacasse notched his eleventh of the year. Eric Gelinas and Michael Chaput picked up the assists.

“To make it 2-2, it was a big momentum shift for us,” Houle stated. “We killed off two penalties before that too.”

“I the momentum was on their side the entire game,” Jean added.

Billy Lacasse gave the Maineiacs their first lead of the night with 3:21 remaining in the final period. Chaput was credited with his second assist and Pierre-Olivier Morin also had an assist on the goal.

“We knew we could come back,” said Lacasse. “Everybody believed in themselves, that’s how we had success.”

Adrien Lemay made 27 saves in the victory. Kevin Poulin stopped 43 shots in the loss.

“Lemay made some key saves,” said Houle. “If you get those key saves, you are always in the game and a chance (to win).

Lewiston was 0-for-5 on the powerplay and Victoriaville was 1-for-4.

Notes: Oscar Orrpars has rejoined the team, but wasn’t in the line-up because he hasn’t been officially released from his Swedish club.

Lewiston won back-to-back games for the first time since October 31st-November 4th

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