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Wild Second Period Leads to Two Points for Gatineau

March 11, 2011 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Lewiston MAINEiacs News Release

Lewiston, ME (QMJHL) - Offense was the name of the second period on Friday night, as the Lewiston MAINEiacs and Gatineau Olympiques clashed in a battle for postseason positioning. After a 1-1 tie in the first period, Gatineau scored four times in the second to Lewiston's two, as the visitors opened up a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes of play. The Olympiques tacked one more goal on in the third period, skating to a 6-3 victory in front of 2,604 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

The MAINEiacs played a strong first period, outshooting Gatineau 10-3. They also netted the first goal of the contest, needing just 3:16 to make it happen. Jess Tanguy won a face-off back to Sam Carrier, who ripped a pass off of the boards to Stefan Fournier cruising through center ice. Fournier picked up the puck in stride, went to his backhand, and slipped the goal home. Despite the three shots on goal, the Olympiques tallied once in the first period, as Christian Ouellet picked the top corner from the bottom of the right circle.

In the second period, Lewiston jumped out on top once again, as Antoine Houde-Caron dropped a pass back to Cameron Critchlow in the slot. Critchlow wristed a shot just inside of the right post, putting his team in the lead. That advantage lasted until the 12:47 mark of the middle frame, when the Olympiques went on a bit of a run. Raphael Lafontaine, Tye McGinn, and Philippe Halley scored 2:04 apart from each other, opening up a 4-2 lead for the visitors. The MAINEiacs answered Halley's goal 38 seconds later, when Stefan Fournier lit the lamp for the second time on the night, but Gatineau answered that goal in 27 seconds, when Philip-Michael Devos netted his 46th of the season.

Philippe Halley added the extra insurance marker in the third for the Olympiques, who ended up doubling up the MAINEiacs, 6-3.

Francois Lacerte was credited with the win for Gatineau, making 18 saves on 21 shots. Nicholas Champion took the loss for Lewiston, allowing four goals on eleven shots before being relieved late in the second period. Andrey Makarov entered the crease at that point, and proceeded to stop 13 of the 15 shots he faced.

The MAINEiacs and Olympiques will play the second game of their weekend series on Sunday afternoon at 4:00, as Lewiston plays its final home game of the 2010-11 regular season.

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