Maine Hockey Journal

Final thoughts from the ABC

Baie-Comeau Drakkar forward John-Philippe Caron had perfect timing on Sunday afternoon.

His shot, that gave Baie-Comeau a 1-0 lead heading to the first intermission, beat the buzzer literally. The entire Maineiacs bench looked up to the heavens and saw the scoreboard read 0:00. They argued their case, but to no avail.

Officially the puck crossed the goal line with two-tenths of a second left.

“We just had to go out and score and tie the game,” said Etienne Brodeur who scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Lewiston Maineiacs a 3-2 victory.

Baie-Comeau’s head coach Mario Pouliot thought it would give the team momentum after playing poorly the night before.

“We had a great chance today to bounce back after a bad game yesterday,” he said. “We didn’t do a lot to win the game.”

Lewiston’s best player all night long was 16-year old netminder Antoine Bibeau, who was making his first career start in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

“He earned the player of the game tonight,” said Maineiacs coach J.F. Houle. “If it wasn’t for him; we lose this game.”

“He stopped four breakaways in the second period.”

Pouliot also thought the second period was a back breaker.

“We missed three breakaways,” he said. “We had control of the game.”

Now Bibeau takes his confidence back to Midget AAA with Trois-Rivieres as Tyler Piercy makes his way back down to Lewiston after being recalled.

Andrey Makarov took a shot to the back of the head during Saturday’s pre-game skate and looks like he’ll be missing some time.

Piercy has spent this season with the Woodstock Slammers of the MHL, who were in Bangor on Saturday to battle the EJHL’s Bay State Breakers.

How about Etienne Brodeur? Not only does he lead the team in goals with 21, but the entire Canadian Hockey League in goals scored.

“He has been playing awesome for us,” Houle said. Again tonight, he had another big goal.”

He’s two goals ahead of Brendan Ranford of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. The Ontario Hockey League’s leader is Garrett Wilson, who also has 19 goals in 19 games with the Owen Sound Attack.

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