Maine Hockey Journal

Comeback falls short for Maineiacs

A four-goal third period wasn’t enough for the Lewiston Maineiacs as they fell 7-5 to the Rimouski Oceanic in front of 3,428 fans at the Colisée de Rimouski.

The Maineiacs were trailing 5-0 in the middle of the second period before Billy Lacasse added his first goal of three of the night on the power play with 3:01 remaining in the second period.

“We showed a lot of character coming back and I happy with that effort,” said Lewiston Maineiacs Head Coach Jean-Francois Houle. “We still took some bad penalties at the end, we had them within one, and we took three penalties in a row.”

Cameron Critchlow got Lewiston within three early in the third period. Billy Lacasse added his second goal of the game just 5:26 into the final frame.

Matthew Bissonette added the Maineiacs’ fourth goal with the Michael Chaput setting him up at the 6:32 mark and Rimouski’s lead was down to 5-4.

A turning point in the game was Ian Saab went to the penalty box for a double minor at 8:09 of the period, and 16 seconds later Kavanagh found the back of the net.

“(Saab) took him down and finished his hit on him,” Houle added.

Billy Lacasse completed the hat trick with 6:53 to play in the game with Samuel Finn and Francis Beauvillier picking up the assists to make to pull Lewiston within one.

Félix Lefrançois scored the man advantage with 56 seconds to play to make it 7-5 Rimouski.

The Maineiacs were 1-for-6 on the power play and the Oceanic were 3-for-7.

The Oceanic went up 2-0 on two special team goals. The first goal was a power play goal by Félix Lefrançois 8:04 into the game.

Just over four minutes later, Ryan Kavanagh flipped the puck over Lewiston Maineiacs’ goalie Adrien Lemay.

“I thought we played well in the first (period),” said Houle. “It’s hard to come back down a couple goals after the first period.”

In the second stanza, the Oceanic continued to control the play. Alex Belzile notched his seventh goal of the season at 7:17 of the second period.

“They got some players that can put the puck in the net,” Houle stated. “They converted on their chances.”

The lead extended to 5-0 with two goals within 61 seconds. Petr Straka ended Lemay’s night with a goal with 9:31 remaining in the second stanza.

“It’s just not the defense, the forwards aren’t coming back,” Houle said. “We let in 26-27 goals in the last four games. We got to tighten up defensively and play much better in front of our goalie.”

Lemay made 16 saves on 20 shots

Jakub Culek welcomed Jordan Kennedy into the game with a goal with 8:30 to play in the period.

Jordan Kennedy made 15 saves in the relief effort and Philippe Tremblay made 29 saves in the victory.

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