Maine Hockey Journal

Tigres Maul Maineiacs; 5-1

Lewiston, ME – Kevin Poulin came up big when the Victoriaville Tigres needed him. The 20-year-old goaltender made 26 stops in a 5-1 victory over the Lewiston Maineiacs on Friday in front of 1,857 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

The win also ties Poulin with Mathieu Garon with the most wins by a goaltender in Victoriaville’s franchise history.

“He has played very well and (last week) he was named defensive player of the week,” said Victoriaville Head Coach Yanick Jean. “He did what he had to do.”

“We had three breakaways again tonight and didn’t score on any of them,” said Lewiston Head Coach Jean-Francois Houle. “It could have changed the game a little bit.”

The Maineiacs started the game with a sluggish start as they were out shot 4-0 in the first two minutes. 3:56 into the game, Tomas Kubalik tapped a Chris Doyle pass into the net, which gave the Tigres the 1-0 lead.

“I thought we started slow and we probably gave them too much respect,” said Houle. “We played on our heels.”

“We have to show-up and play.”

Lewiston saw how things can change quickly. Michal Hlinka rang the puck of the post with 6:25 remaining in the period, but Oliver Hinse fed Chris Doyle to give Victoriaville the 2-0 lead seven seconds later.

The Maineiacs killed off a 5-on-3 power play late in the period to keep the game to a two-goal deficit.

Matthew Bissonnette notched his 11th goal of the season on the power play as he shot the puck from the left side boards 8:14 into the second period.

“I thought we had them right where we wanted them going into the third,” Houle added. “We didn’t show up in the third (period).”

“I am a little disappointed in that.”

Lewiston was 1-for-5 on the power play and Victoriaville went 0-for-8 on the night.

“We weren’t happy with our second period,” said Jean. “There were only two or three scoring chances for us. It’s not what we are use to, but we came back strong in the third.”

Emmanuel Boudreau got things going for the Tigres in the third period as he ripped a shot past Adrien Lemay 2:56 into the final period. Two minutes later, Brandon Hynes found the back of the net for his 37th goal of the season.

Jean believes playing a full line-up helped in the long run.

“We played four lines 90 percent of the game, it was big for us,” he said.

Tomas Kubalik added his second goal of the game with 6:08 to play in regulation as the puck trickled past Lemay.

“They had a little more jump, and they were stronger than us,” said Houle.

Adrien Lemay made 29 saves in the loss.

Notes: The game was delayed 35 minutes due to broken glass during warm-ups,

Stefan Fournier has an arm injury and his timetable for a return is unknown.

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