Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs’ comeback falls short despite Brodeur’s hat trick

Despite Etienne Brodeur’s second hat trick in as many nights, the Lewiston Maineiacs fell 7-5 to the Victoriaville Tigres on Saturday night at the Centre Desjardins.

Victoriaville jumped out to an early lead when Brandon Hynes scored just over a minute into the game. The Tigres would extend their lead to 2-0 eight minutes later thanks to Guillame Goulet’s 20th goal of the season.

Brodeur’s first goal of the night came on the power play with just under two minutes remaining in the first period to cut the Victoriaville lead in half.

However, after the first intermission, the Tigres came out with their claws out to score three unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead. Philippe Maillet, Benjamin Laliberte and Philip Danault all scored within three minutes of each other in the second period to propel Victoriaville to a commanding four-goal lead.

But the feisty Brodeur wouldn’t let his Maineiacs go down without a fight, and scored just nine seconds after Danault’s tally to make it a 5-3 game. Pierre-Olivier Morin chipped in with an assist on the play.

After Yanni Gourde scored for Victoriaville just over three minutes into the third period, Lewiston began to mount an improbable comeback. The Maineiacs flexed their offensive muscles to score three straight goals in the third and come within a goal of the Tigres with four minutes remaining in regulation.

Bryce Milson and Antoine Houde-Caron sandwiched Brodeur’s third goal of the night (and 38th of the season) to make it 6-5 at 15:54.

The five goals for Lewiston marked the ninth time in eleven games that they have scored five or more goals.

The sixth goal would prove to be elusive, however.

Any chance of the Maineiacs fulfilling their comeback bid was extinguished when Danault put away an empty netter with just six ticks remaining.

Andrey Makarov and Nicholas Champion split time in the losing effort for the Maineiacs. Champion started the night and allowed 14 goals on 18 shots in a shade over 30 minutes between the pipes. Makarov would allow two goals on 20 shots in 28 minutes of work.

At the other end of the rink, David Honzik picked up the win despite allowing five goals on 32 shots for the Tigres.

The Lewiston penalty kill was a perfect 5-for-5 while the power play went 1-for-2.

The Tigres outshot the Maineiacs 39-32.

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