Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs conclude road trip with win in Rimouski

The Lewiston Maineiacs got back on track after last night’s third period debacle with a 3-1 road win against the Rimouski Oceanic on Sunday afternoon at the Colisée de Rimouski.

The Maineiacs featured a balanced attack in front of strong starting goaltending from Andrey Makarov, as nine different skaters recorded a point.

Christophe Lalande scored his third goal of the season just over five minutes into the contest to put Lewiston on top 1-0. Unlike last night, when the Maineiacs blew a pair of two-goal leads, they would never trail or tie for the remainder of the action.

With just under 40 seconds remaining in the first period, Samuel Henley lit the lamp with what would prove to be the eventual game-winner and give Lewiston a 2-0 lead heading into the locker room for the first intermission.

The Maineiacs would extend their lead to 3-0 at 7:22 of the second period on Jess Tanguy’s 18th goal of the season.

The goal from Tanguy would round up the scoring for Lewiston, with Cameron Critchlow, Francis Beauvillier, Stefan Fournier, Olivier Dame-Malka, Etienne Brodeur, and Samuel Carrier all recording an assist each.

The only blemish for Makarov and the Lewiston defense came at 4:08 of the third period when Alex Belzile scored a power play goal to spoil the shutout bid.

Overall, the Lewiston penalty kill was 1-for-4, while their power play came up empty on their three chances with the man-advantage.

Makarov was splendid between the pipes for the Maineiacs, as he enjoyed a 32 saves performance while allowing just the lone goal in the win.

At the other end of the rink, Rimouski net minder Carl Hozjan made 28 saves on 31 shots and suffered the defeat.

Sunday’s victory brings an end to Lewiston’s four-game road trip in which the team went 2-2. The Maineiacs will return to home ice for a rematch with Rimouski on Friday to begin a stretch where seven of eight games will be played in the friendly confines of the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

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