Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs use third period burst for the win

The message was simple for Lewiston Maineiacs head coach JF Houle, who wasn’t happy with the first two periods of the game.

“It’s our own building. Let’s pick it up.”

After a slow start, the Maineiacs scored four goals in the third period to come from behind against the Victoriaville Tigres to win, 5-2, in their lone home exhibition game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Saturday afternoon.

The Maineiacs came out pretty energetic in the opening minutes, grabbing a 1-0 lead on a goal from Francis Beauvillier at 4:20 of the period. Stefan Fournier and Matthew Bissonette were credit with assists on the play.

However, the Tigres seized momentum when Chris Doyle tied the game 1-1 at 10:07 of the period when he fired a shot from the top of the left circle while on the power play, beating Tyler Kennedy, who got the start for Lewiston.

Lewiston's Etienne Brodeur and Victoriaville's Dominik Crnogorac engage in a fight in the first period (Photo by Chris Roy)

The Tigres took a 2-1 lead with their second power play goal of the period as Carl-Anthoine Delisle redirected Doyle’s shot by Kennedy at 5:34 of the second period.

“We started a little slow,” said Houle. “We got outworked and I don’t think we really showed up in the first two periods and that was the message between periods.”

“We picked it up a little bit and got some nice goals.”

The Maineiacs began the comeback in the third period when Sam Henley snapped a shot from the slot by Jean-Michael Fortin at 7:14 of the period to tie the game at 2-2.

A little over a minute later, Bissonette found the back of the net, converting a cross-ice pass from Matt Myers, for the one-timer to give Lewiston a 3-2 lead.

At 15:07, Marc-Anthoine Rousseau made it 4-2 for Lewiston, before Samuel Carrier added an empty net goal with 16 seconds left in the game.

Tyler Kennedy played the first half of the game, stopping 12 of 14 shots that he faced, before Andrey Makarov came in and stopped all 17 shots he faced.

“He played excellent,” said Houle. “He battles hard. He tries to get the second rebound. He just doesn’t give up.”

NOTES: The team will leave tomorrow morning for Victoriaville where they will play their second exhibition game.

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