Maine Hockey Journal

Brodeur progresses toward milestone

A major milestone is within reach of Lewiston Maineiacs forward Etienne Brodeur.

As the current leading goal scorer of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 39 goals, Brodeur is ascending toward former Maineiac great Mathieu Aubin for the franchise single season mark of 47 goals.

“I think 50 (goals) is my goal,” said Brodeur. “If I play (well), the goals will come.”

His 39 goals are tied with David Perron who did it in 2006-2007 and Alexandre Picard in 2003-2004. Picard also had 40 the following season along with Stefano Giliati, who hit the 40 plateau in 2007-2008 as both are tied for second in the single season goal total.

Brodeur said his success is playing well in all three zones.

“It starts in the defensive zone and goes to the offensive (zone),” he added. “I just have fun.”

He also contributes his on ice success to his teammates also.

“My teammates help me a lot,” Brodeur said. “This year I am shooting and scoring more and I hope I can do that next too.”

Lewiston Head Coach J.F. Houle believes the opposition hasn’t been able to figure him out.

“He’s tough to defend,” Houle stated. “He’s fast, he’s strong, and he has low-center of gravity. He also wins a lot of battles. He improved his shot and is shooting a lot more as you can tell with shots on net. He’s probably on top of the league now in shooting.”

Brodeur is sixth in all the QMJHL in total shots with 170, just 61 shots behind Brandon Hynes of the Victoriaville Tigres for first place.

Houle knows the offense doesn’t entirely surround Brodeur, who had a combined 28 goals in his first two seasons in the QMJHL.

“Brodeur has a lot of points and a lot of goals, but it’s been pretty spread out for most of the year,” said Houle of his offensive depth. “One night it might three different guys scoring and the next game it’s three others. It’s nice to have on the team because at any given time, if four lines are going well, they can score a lot of goals.”

The team has eight players with 30 or more points at this point of the season. Out of those eight players, six players are in that 30 point range. The only two players with 40 or more points are Brodeur with 64 and Michael Chaput with 46.

As a team, the Maineiacs have scored 192 goals, putting them in the top half of the league in that category.

The Maineiacs start a four game home stand on Friday against the Rimouski Oceanic. Sunday they face-off against Chicoutimi, Tuesday Shawinigan comes to town, and February 5th Cape Breton come to Lewiston for their lone visit of the season.

“It’s always a challenge to play teams back-to-back because if you are the winning team,” said Houle of Rimouski who the Maineiacs beat 3-1 on Sunday. “You don’t want a letdown. You got to make sure you are prepared and ready for the team.”

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