Junior Steal Game One, 6-5 in Overtime
Lewiston, ME (QMJHL) - The Lewiston MAINEiacs had a 4-2 lead heading into the third period on Friday night, only to see the Montreal Junior come back for a 6-5 overtime win. David Rose netted the winning goal in the extra session in front of 3,022 fans at Verdun Auditorium.
Both teams came out strong offensively, lighting the lamp twice in the first period. Trevor Parkes put the Junior ahead at the 7:36 mark, skating down the right side, and scoring on a wrist shot. 1:17 later, Parkes added to the lead, jamming in a rebound opportunity while on the power play. The MAINEiacs had a pair of answers from one of their own players later in the frame, as Matt Bissonnette found the twine. Bissonnette's first marker was a wrist shot from the point on the power play that was deflected in by a Montreal stick. 1:27 later, he tallied again, finishing off a 2-on-1 rush with Jonathan Parisien.
In the second period, the MAINEiacs continued their rally, turning on the red light two more times. After one goal each way was called off, Lewiston got one to count on a power play with 7:43 remaining. Kirill Kabanov worked the puck to Olivier Dame-Malka, who teed up a one-timer, scoring from the right point. 4:40 later, the visitors made it a 4-2 game, as Matt Bissonnette recorded his first career hat trick with a wrist shot from the left circle on a 2-on-1 rush with Stefan Fournier.
The third period was a wild one. The Junior got an early goal to cut Lewiston's lead to one, when Louis Leblanc broke in alone and scored on a backhander. Then, with 2:03 left to go, the home team tied the score, as Philippe Lefebvre picked up a loose puck and scored from the top of the crease. 41 seconds later, Montreal took the lead, as Louis-Marc Aubry scored on a wrist shot from the slot. The MAINEiacs were able to respond, knotting things up with 30 seconds to go. Olivier Dame-Malka found Michael Chaput open in the right circle, and Chaput did the rest, wiring in a one-timer to send the contest to overtime.
In overtime, the Junior came out victorious, as David Rose broke down the right side, and scored on a wrist shot, giving his side the 6-5 win in game one.
Jean-Francois Berube made 31 saves on 36 shots in the win for Montreal, while Nicholas Champion stopped 42 of the 48 shots he faced for Lewiston.
The MAINEiacs and Junior will play game two of their best-of-seven series on Saturday afternoon at 3:05. The two teams will then make their way to Lewiston for games three and four on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00.
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