Maine Hockey Journal

Malka’s OT goal makes it 10 straight for Maineiacs

After defeating the Quebec Remparts the night before to move within two points of the TELUS East Division lead, the Lewiston Maineiacs found themselves in an overtime thriller on the road in Shawinigan before heading back to Quebec as part of a three-game in three-day road trip.

Olivier Dame-Malka found the back of the net at 3:29 of the overtime period to lift the Maineiacs to their tenth consecutive win of the season and a 2-1 victory over the Cataractes.

The first 49:30 seconds of this one were scoreless, as Lewiston’s Nicholas Champion and Shawinigan’s Girard Gabriel traded saves. While Shawinigan outshot Lewiston nine to eight in the first period, the Maineiacs came out to pepper Gabriel for 16 shots in the second compared to just six shots by the Cataractes.

It was the 16th shot of the second period that finally found the back of the net for Lewiston, and broke the scoreless tie with just 30 seconds remaining. It was Stefan Fournier who would tally his eighth goal of the season thanks to an assist by Jess Tanguy to give the Maineiacs the lead heading into the third period.

Although Lewiston held a 1-0 lead and a 24-16 advantage in shots after two periods, Shawinigan had plenty of opportunities to strike first on the man advantage. The Maineiacs found themselves on the penalty kill five times in the first and second, while the Cataractes stayed out of the box altogether.

In the second period, Shawinigan came out hard and was able to figure out Champion just 1:08 in. Benjamin Casavant set up Dave Lebrecque for his tenth goal of the year to bring the game even at 1-1.

The remainder of the third period was scoreless, however Shawinigan held the edge in shots at 10 to four as the game headed to OT.

In the overtime period it was Malka who came up huge, tallying his ninth goal of the season and lifting Lewiston to their tenth straight win.

Both goaltenders were huge in this one, as Champion made 29 saves on 30 shots to earn his league leading 16th win of the season. At the other end of the ice, Gabriel picked up a tough loss as he turned away 28 of the 30 shots he faced.

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