Maine Hockey Journal

Tigres power past Maineiacs 5-0

Lewiston, ME – Special teams led to the Lewiston Maineiac’s demise Friday night in front of a packed crowed at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The Victoriaville Tigres went 5-for-9 on the power play and Lewiston came up empty with the man advantage in a 5-0 shutout loss in front of 3,267 fans.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Lewiston Head Coach Jean-Francois Houle. “You can’t win in the box against a team like this.”

To add salt to Lewiston’s wound, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar defeated the Chicoutimi Saguenees 4-1. For the Maineiacs to lock-up the final playoff berth, they need to defeat the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Sunday or have the Quebec Remparts defeat the Drakkar, also on the final day of the regular season.

“It’s going to be a last game thing,” said Houle. “We got to play better than this and we can’t take penalties like this against Drummondville.”

“This will be gut-check for our team, and we will have a team meeting tomorrow.”

Tigres forward Brandon Hynes notched a milestone goal with 9:35 remaining in the first. Hynes tipped a Chris Doyle shot, which trickled past Lewiston Maineiacs goalie Adrien Lemay for his 40th goal of the year. Hynes is just the fifth player to reach 40 or more goals in the QMJHL this season.

“I was really proud of my guys in the first period,” Victoriaville Head Coach Yanick Jean. “I was really anxious to see how the Maineiacs would come out.  We knew they were fighting for the playoffs and everything.”

Kevin Poulin was outstanding in net for Victoriaville, stopping 26 shots. He set the tone early in the second period when the Maineiacs had their best pressure all night.

“I thought we had some quality chances, but (Poulin) made some big saves,” Houle added. “There were   a couple quality shots that missed the net.”

“We can’t afford to miss the net because we need to score on every chance we get.”

“I don’t think (Poulin) was fabulous or anything,” said Jean. “He was just good and he did what he had to do.”

The Tigres continued to capitalize on Lewiston mistakes. Eight seconds after Billy Lacasse received a double-minor for hooking and unsportsmanlike conduct, Chris Doyle added his 24th goal of the season with 10:16 remaining in the second period.

Joel Chouinard made it 3-0 on the second half of the Billy Lacasse double minor. The puck changed direct on its way to the net and Lemay couldn’t react in time to make the save.

Joel Champagne fired a shot past Lemay 5:13 into the final period – also on the man advantage. Doyle blasted a slap shot past Lemay with 7:56 remaining in the game after Matthew Bissonnette was called for high sticking.

“I thought (Lemay) was fine,” stated Houle. “Those guys are skilled players.”

Adrien Lemay made 36 saves in his final regular season game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in a Maineiacs jersey.

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