Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs triple up Mooseheads, 9-3

Lewiston, ME – The Lewiston Manieacs were outshot by seven (33-26) on Thursday night by the visiting Halifax Mooseheads, however thanks to a hat trick from Etienne Brodeur and Michael Chaput’s third consecutive two-goal game went on to win by six, 9-3 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

15 out of 18 Lewiston skaters registered points on the night, while five came away with a plus-four or higher.

“It was unbelievable,” said Kirill Kabanov following the offensive barrage. “My linemates were unbelievable today….we all got plus-fives. It was an unbelievable game and an unbelievable game for Brodeur.”

The Maineiacs weathered a slow start in the first period to pepper the Mooseheads to jump out to a commanding 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

On their very first shot of the game Christophe Lalonde, who was playing in his first game since returning from the World Under-17 Challenge, scored a backhander off a brilliant feed from Alex Zafaris.

By the time Lewiston took their sixth shot of the game they found they had capitalized on three of them as Chaput remained ice hot with a goal at 9:34 and Brodeur scored at 10:53 to round up the scoring in the first.

Halifax, again, had the run of things in the early stages of period two only this period they were able to make there efforts count as former Maine recruit Darcy Ashley scored a power play goal from the point at 4:31 to bring the Mooseheads within two, 3-1.

However, Lewiston would respond just 12 seconds later after the Halifax defense made a mess of things behind their own net. Kabanov flipped the puck out front to Chaput who scored his second goal to make it three straight games with two goals.

Five minutes later Jonathan Parisien got involved with a wrist shot over the glove of Halifax net minder Anthony Terenzio.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Terenzio, who is a native of Norwalk, Conn., however it was a nightmare of a night for the 17-year old, who allowed eight goals on the night in 25 shots.

Francis Turbide and Etienne Brodeur traded goals for each side before the second period came to a close with Lewiston holding a 6-2 advantage.

Any seed of doubt was quickly put to rest by the Maineiacs as Kabanov scored just 28 seconds into the third on a snipe that popped off the back of the goal so hard it was initially ruled no goal before a look upstairs confirmed what 1,465 referees at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee were thinking.

“We all want to do our best come the playoffs. I think our team is ready for the playoffs, especially that guy in the red shirt,” said Kabanov pointing over to Brodeur who smiled and acknowledged the props from his line mate.

Zachary Shannon added a goal, his first in his QMJHL career, to make it 8-2. Shortly thereafter, Brodeur was inexplicably left wide open at the blue line and sprung free on a breakaway towards a hat trick.

“The breakaway was not the easiest play, but a good pass and I’m faster than them are pretty much. [My line mates] helped me out a lot tonight,” said Brodeur who tallied his second career hat trick.

“The offense is pretty good. I think we have 21 goals in our last three games. I hope we can it like that.”

Frederic Piche allowed the third Brodeur goal in relief of Terenzio.

Andrey Makarov was solid in net for the home team and made 29 saves on 32 shots, as he allowed two power play goals and an “excuse me” goal off the skate of Turbide.

“We have to score goals and win more and more games,” added Brodeur.

1. LEW – 23 Étienne Brodeur
2. LEW – 26 Michael Chaput
3. LEW – 71 Kirill Kabanov

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