Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs streak at six-straight following weekend sweep

Lewiston, ME — The Lewiston Maineiacs (14-7-0-2) called upon the Fournier brothers to lift them to their second victory, 4-1, in as many nights over the Val-D’Or Foreurs (10-10-2-0), and extend their winning streak to six.

Younger brother Dillon, provided much of the offense with a goal and an assist (+3 rating on the night), while older brother provided a big physical presence coming just a goal short of the ‘Gordie Howe hat trick’ with a fight and an assist—with the assist coming on Dillon’s goal at 6:09 in the third to give Lewiston a 3-1 lead.

“We had been talking about it since we got here, how great it would be to get a nice play me-to-him or something right in the net. It was great to see it finally happen,” said Dillon Fournier.

The two teams exchanged blows on the score sheet in the first period, with Lewiston striking first with an early goal at 3:20. Dillon Fournier and Jess Tanguy found themselves on a two-on-one break with Tanguy slipping it through the legs of Val-D’Or goalie Jacob Gervais-Chouinard for his 11th goal of the season.

Val-D’Or would respond after Alex Zafaris was assessed a double-minor for checking from behind as well as a game misconduct. During the ensuing power play, Jean-Francois Leblanc tucked home the equalizer—his eighth goal of the season— to square things heading into the locker room.

The vast majority of the second period was an even tilt between the two sides, end-to-end they went, exchanging a pair of posts, penalties, and eventually exchanging blows.

Lewiston was able to fend off three Val-D’Or power plays, and finally found the back of the net at 16:34 shortly after a minor spat sent Guillaume Naud and Zachary Evens-Renaud to the box for five minutes.

The go-ahead goal belonged to Pierre-Olivier Morin who was able to split the defense and roof a backhand past Gervais-Chouinard to make it 2-1 Maineiacs. Etienne Brodeur and Michael Chaput chipped in with assists on Morin’s dandy.

Straight off the subsequent draw, the 6’3” 192 pound Dillon Fournier dropped the gloves with the Foreurs 6’2” 190 pound Alex Filiatrault for a fine bout. After trading blow-for-blow Fournier was able to twist Filiatrault from the boards and get leverage to connect on three consecutive punches before one final haymaker sent Filiatrault to the ice and the 2,325 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee into a calamitous state.

“I had been talking about going with (Filiatrault) for the past two days because he had roughed up my brother in Val-D’Or” said the 17-year old Stefan about his row in the second.

Stefan Fournier brought the same energy to the ice when he returned in the third period, as he started a three-on-one rush for Lewiston when he broke up the Val-D’Or entry into the zone at his defensive blue line. Stefan played the puck off the boards to himself and took off with Antoine Houde-Caron and the Maineiacs’ other Fournier, Fournier. Houde-Caron did well to clean up a pass slightly behind him to slip it to Dillion Fournier who was waiting anxiously on the back post for the all-important insurance goal.

“It was a close game all the way through and that goal kind of just opened it up and gave us that cushion, said Dillon of his goal first goal on home-ice. “The whole team took over right after that. We played a good game altogether.”

With just under five minutes remaining, Brodeur put things to rest with his league leading 18th goal of the season to give Lewiston a three-goal cushion, 4-1. The 18 goals for Brodeur matches his season total from the 2009-10 campaign.

Nicolas Champion was solid yet again as he allowed just the one goal on twenty shots to improve to 13-2-1 on the year.

Although he allowed the four goals, Gervais-Chouinard turned in a solid effort in the loss; he made 18 saves on 22 shots to fall to 7-8-1.

“We had our chances, but you have to put them in,” said Stefan about the key to winning their sixth straight, ”We capitalized and we come out with a big ‘W’.”

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