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MAINEiacs Come Back to Sink Oceanic, 5-4

January 28, 2011 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Lewiston MAINEiacs News Release

Lewiston, ME (QMJHL) - On Friday night, the Lewiston MAINEiacs gave their fans plenty to cheer about. Lewiston trailed 4-1 in the second period, before scoring four unanswered goals, including three in the third period for a 5-4 comeback win over the Rimouski Oceanic in front of 2,254 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

The two sides exchanged goals in the opening twenty minutes of play. Alexandre Mallet's backhand goal from the slot put the Oceanic ahead at the 8:34 mark. Then, with 1:55 left in the period, Pierre-Olivier Morin fought through a hit, before centering a pass to Jess Tanguy, who potted his 19th goal of the season.

In the second period, Rimouski came out strong, scoring three times to build a 4-1 lead. Felix Lefrancois batted in a loose puck for the first goal, Gleason Fournier slipped in a dribbling puck for the second tally, and Petr Straka finished off a 2-on-1 rush with Lefrancois for the third marker in the stretch.

Shortly after Straka's goal, the momentum turned in Lewiston's favor. Sam Finn stepped up to fight Alex MacDonald, and won in drastic fashion. Although the MAINEiacs were faced with a shorthanded situation, they came through, killing the penalty, while also scoring a shorthanded goal. The goal was scored by Etienne Brodeur, who netted his eighth shorthanded marker of the year, as well as his 40th overall, wrapping the puck in on the right side of the crease.

The MAINEiacs carried that momentum into the third period, where they wasted little time in evening the score. Stefan Fournier brought the home team within one, banking a shot in from beneath the goal line at the 2:21 mark. 3:37 later, Michael Chaput knotted the score, completing a nearly end-to-end rush with a forehand shot that he slid past the right pad of Carl Hozjan. Less than four minutes after that, Lewiston took the lead for the first time in the hockey game. While on the power play, Sam Carrier fed a pass ahead to Matt Bissonnette, who broke in alone and scored on a backhander.

The Oceanic had an opportunity in the final seconds of regulation, as Pierre-Olivier Morin was whistled for hooking with 49 seconds to go. However, Lewiston's penalty kill was successful, finishing the night 7-for-7 while playing one man down.

Nicholas Champion earned the win for the MAINEiacs, making 26 saves on 30 shots. Carl Hozjan was the losing goaltender for Rimouski, after allowing five goals on 35 shots.

The MAINEiacs will continue their homestand on Sunday afternoon at 4:00, when they take on the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

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