Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs go crazy on offense in Rouyn-Noranda

The Lewiston Maineiacs began a three-in-three weekend by sending a strong message to the rest of the Quebec Major Junior League on Friday night with an 8-0 win against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at Iamgold Arena.

Andrey Makarov made 22 saves as the Maineiacs earned their first road win of the season. It was Makarov’s first QMJHL victory and the first shutout by a Maineiacs goaltender since Feb. 11, 2009, a 1-0 win over Baie-Comeau.

Offense also played a role in the game as Etienne Brodeur scored a pair of goals along with Sam Finn (2a), Sam Henley (2a) and Antoine Houde-Caron (1g, 1a), who each tallied a pair of points in the contest.

The Maineiacs dominated the game from the start, outshooting the Huskies 35-22, including only allowing three shots in the second period, while piling on the offense.

It only took Lewiston just 1:06 in the first period to open the scoring as Stephan Fournier scored, beating starting Rouyn-Noranda goalie Mickael Audette.

Brodeur scored his first goal of the night at 4:49 of the period, while shorthanded, giving the Maineiacs a 2-0 lead. It was Brodeur’s league-leading third shorthanded goal of the season.

At the midway point of the game, QMJHL first overall pick, Dillon Fournier scored his first career QMJHL goal, assisted by Henley and Antoine Houde-Caron.

That signaled the end of the night for Audette as Jeffrey Noonan came in relief for the Huskies.

It didn’t appear to matter who was in net for Rouyn-Noranda as Pierre-Olivier Morin scored only 25 seconds into the second period, extending the lead, 4-0.

Brodeur and Francis Beauvillier scored only 1:12 apart in the second period as the Maineiac built a 6-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Cameron Critchlow scored his fourth goal of the season, his first since opening night, at 10:46 of the third period, giving the Maineiacs a massive 7-0 lead.

With 2:59 left in the game, Caron drove the message home, added a goal to give Lewiston a commanding 8-0 lead.

The win improves the Maineiacs to .500 on the season with a 3-3-0-2 record.

The Maineiacs will continue their four-game road trip tomorrow night when they travel to Val d’Or, Quebec to face the Foreurs at the Centre Air Creebec.

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