Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs finish road trip with a victory in Val d’Or

The Lewiston Maineiacs are very happy with the result of the weekend, splitting their four-game road trip through Western Quebec with a 5-4 overtime win over the Val d’Or Foreurs before a crowd of 1,781 at the Centre Air Creebec on Sunday afternoon.

Maineiacs looked like they might be able to secure the win, holding a 4-3 lead in the final minute of play, but Jonathan Hazen scored his second goal of the game for Val d’Or to tie the game at 19:07 of the third period.

“I’m happy (Lewiston) got the win,” said Maineiacs’ head coach JF Houle. “Once we got the lead, we fell apart a little bit. We need to teach how to play smart hockey in the third period. It’s something we are going to address this week.”

“It’s been like that for the last two or three weeks, and now it time we learn how to win.”

The Foreurs opened the scoring with a pair of power play goals in the first period.

The first came at 17:30 when Marc-Alain Begin fired a shot by Maineiacs’ goalie Nicholas Champion. Val d’Or followed that goal with another one less than a minute later, at 18:23, when Hazen scored his first of the game.

Besides the first two goals, it was a rather physical period with each team getting 21 minutes in penalties.

“There were a couple hits that were suspect, it was like that for both teams,” Houle said. “(Val d’Or) had a good start again.”

Early in the second period, at 1:44, Etienne Brodeur beat Val d’ Or goalie Francois Tremblay, cutting into the Foreurs lead, 2-1.

In the third period, the Maineiacs scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead on goals by Michael Chaput, Sam Carrier and Jess Tanguy, ending the night for Tremblay in favor of Jacob Gervais-Chouinard, who played the night before in a 4-1 Val d’Or win.

Maineiacs couldn’t hold the lead as Shawn Morton-Boutin scored midway into the period.

“I was happy the guys came back, taking the lead, but I’m not happy with the overall game,” Houle said. “It was the third game in three night, but to me it doesn’t it matter. We have to play better as a team.”

At 2:15 of the overtime period, Brodeur found the back of the net, beating Gervais-Chouinard as the Maineiacs will head back to Lewiston with five-of-eight points.

Champion allowed four goals, making 32 saves for the victory, while Gervais-Chouinard took the loss only facing three shots, making two saves.

Lewiston went 2-for-6 on the power play as Val d’Or finished the night with two power play goals on three attempts.

NOTES: The Maineiacs return back home to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee for a three game homestand. On Friday Oct. 8th, the Maineiacs will hold their annual “Pink in the Rink” game vs. Victoriaville in support of breast cancer awareness month. Tickets to the “Pink in the Rink” game can be purchased for just $10 each ($4.50 saving off the box office price) at Simones’ Hot Dog Stand and at other local retailers, or contact Rita at pinkrink@gwi.net, or Crystal at Crystal.Derocher@cancer.org.

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