Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs pour on the offense against the Titan

Lewiston, ME – A six-goal outburst by the Lewiston Maineiacs in the second period led to the 9-4 win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in front of 1,290 spectators at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

“Everyone connected tonight, I (thought) we capitalized on our chances,” said Lewiston Maineiacs Head Coach Jean-Francois Houle.

Stefan Fournier scored a hat trick against the team that drafted him 17th overall in 2008.

“It wasn’t exactly a burst of energy, I thought I came into the game and I had a little bit of momentum,” said Fournier. “It started to come in the second period and it kept coming.”

Francis Beauvillier also had two goals and an assist in his return from the World Under-17 Challenge.

“Beauvillier is a gifted player,” Houle added. He’s good both ways on the ice and he has speed and he sees the ice well.”

Acadie Bathurst struck first with a power play goal at 4:52 of the first period as Jonathan Lessard scored his 23rd goal of the season.

Lewiston responded when Pierre-Oliver Morin skated down the slot and slid a backhander past Guillaume Nadeau with 2:33 remaining in the first period.

The Maineiacs had a golden opportunity to take the lead only 30 seconds later. Samuel Henley banked a pass off the Lewiston sideboards to former Titan Jess Tanguy, who skated in on Nadeau, who was able to make the leg save.

Beauvillier gave Lewiston the 2-1 lead when he notched his eighth goal of the season at the 3:01 mark of the second period.

“He wants you to shoot the puck and he wants you to drive the net,” said Beauvillier about JF Houle’s offensive system.

Stefan Fournier extended the lead to 4-1 with a pair of goals only 1:38 apart. His first goal came at 5:07 of the second period with a power play goal.

“The first game, I had a lot more nerves when I was in Bathurst,” Fournier said. “Coming over here, it was just any other game. I worked hard and I didn’t overwork – I kept it simple.”

At the 7:57 mark Mathieu Brisbois was called for a hooking call and Acadie-Bathurst’s Taylor Lambke was awarded a penalty shot where he converted to give the Titan their second goal of the game.

A little over the nine minute mark, Tanguy scored his first career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goal when he put a rebound home past Nadeau on a shot from Samuel Finn.

With 8:09 to play in the period, Billy Lacasse added his 18th goal of the season with Beauvillier and Carrier getting the assists.

The goal ended Nadeau’s night after letting in six goals on 32 shots. Francis Lacerte made 22 saves on 24 chances.

Vincent Arseneau added the Titan third goal as he fired a slap shot from the top of the right circle with 6:56 to play in the second period.

“(Acadie Bathurst) couldn’t get anything going, I thought played well in the neutral zone game by clogging it up,” Houle said. “Every time they scored, we answered back.”

Etienne Brodeur capped the scoring in the middle period when he jammed home his own rebound with 41 seconds left.

Lewiston’s lead shrunk to 7-4 as Julien Tremblay received credit for the goal just three minutes into the third period as it was tipped into the net.

Beauvillier added his second goal of the night on the power play with 8:30 to play in the game.

With 4:49 to play, Fournier completed his hat trick

Adrien Lemay made 29 saves on the night for the Maineiacs

The Maineiacs were 3-for-8 on the powerplay while the Titan went 1-for-3.

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