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Birthday Boys Help MAINEiacs to Victory, 4-3

January 16, 2011 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Lewiston MAINEiacs News Release

Lewiston, ME (QMJHL) - Matt Bissonnette will remember his 19th birthday for quite some time. The Lewiston MAINEiacs' forward scored in the third round of a shootout on Sunday afternoon, lifting his club to a 4-3 comeback win over the Victoriaville Tigres in front of 2,266 fans at Colisee Desjardins.

The Tigres struck first at the 4:39 mark of the opening period. After Philippe Maillet's initial pass was blocked, Brandon Hynes flipped a pass through to Yanni Gourde, who knocked the puck out of mid air and into the net. Victoriaville's lead lasted for less than two minutes, as the MAINEiacs had an answer. Matt Bissonnette took the puck around the back of the net, before finding Michael Chaput open in the slot. Chaput buried his 19th goal of the season, with Kirill Kabanov also picking up a helper.

With 3:49 left in the first, Lewiston took the lead. Alex Zafiris flipped the puck through center ice to Antoine Houde-Caron. Houde-Caron was being pressured from behind, but still managed to get a backhander off, slipping it through Antonio Mastropietro.

In the second period, the Tigres retook the lead with a pair of tallies. Phillip Danault knotted the score on a power play, deflecting Bohumil Jank's point shot into the back of the net. Then, 1:23 later, Victoriaville went ahead, as Yannick Dube found a hole from the left circle. Troy Vance assisted on both goals for the home team.

The MAINEiacs continued to trail until the final two minutes of regulation, when they knotted the game at three. Olivier Dame-Malka let a blast go from the point, beating Mastropietro along the ice for the equalizer.

The game remained tied through overtime, sending the contest into a shootout. After Phillip Danault missed on Victoriaville's first attempt, Kirill Kabanov cashed in, slipping a backhander past Mastropietro's right pad. Both shooters came up empty in the second round, but in the third round, the Tigres pulled even on a wrist shot by Philippe Maillet. In Lewiston's half of the round, Matt Bissonnette gave the visitors a win, spinning around, a roofing a shot over Mastropietro's glove.

Andrey Makarov earned the win for the MAINEiacs, making 20 saves on 23 shots. Antonio Mastropietro got the shootout loss for Victoriaville, despite stopping 34 of the 37 shots he faced.

The MAINEiacs will now be off until Saturday night at 6:00, when their four-game road trip continues against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Lewiston's next home game takes place on January 28th, when the Rimouski Oceanic come to town for a 7:00 face-off.

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