Maine Hockey Journal

Brodeur is hoping for a breakaway season for the Maineiacs

When you hear 1-for-27 tossed around as a statistic, it sounds like it should be more associated with a baseball player than a hockey player. In this case it’s the opposite, it represents Lewiston Maineiacs’ forward Etienne Brodeur’s conversions on breakaways from last season.

Friday night, his first breakaway chance of this season, he was batting a .1000.

“It felt pretty good,” said Etienne Brodeur after Monday’s practice. “It was great start 1-for-1 this year.”

Brodeur isn’t the only one happy to see the monkey off his back.

“I think a lot of it was mental,” Maineiacs Head Coach J.F. Houle said. “Etienne gets a lot of breakaways, he needs to get into his head that he can score and get positive. Positive thinking goes a long way.

It wasn’t something Brodeur thought a lot of over the summer, but when he got into camp, it was his main focus on correcting.

“I worked on (breakaways) with coach (Darren) Rumble and coach Houle,” Brodeur added. “This summer I didn’t think about (1-for-27) too much.”

After the opening weekend, Brodeur is second in the team after his opening night hat trick and adding an assist in Saturday night’s loss.

He liked being one of the primary offensive targets while some players are at NHL training camps.

“It felt good to me for being a primary scorer and help the team win one of two games.”

Houle thinks its key for players like Brodeur and Cameron Critchlow, who leads the team in scoring after opening weekend, to provide the offense for the time being.

“It’s nice to see that they have been scoring,” Houle stated. “Hard work pays off. They are all guys that work hard and it shows if you work hard you will be able to score.”

NOTES: Forward Stefan Fournier didn’t participate in any drills in practice on Monday for precautionary reasons although he skated after practice.

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