Friday, September 24, 2010
The Lewiston MAINEiacs returned to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Friday night, but ran into a tough defensive club in the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Titan netminder Robert Steeves made 31 on 32 shots, as the visitors picked up a 3-1 win in front of 1,748 fans in Lewiston.
The MAINEiacs got the scoring started late in the first period, cracking Acadie-Bathurst's second ranked penalty kill. Olivier Dame-Malka blasted a shot from the point that got stopped by Steeves, who also denied the rebound chance by Jess Tanguy. However, the third time was the charm for Lewiston, as Sam Carrier lifted the third shot into the top part of the net. The home team led 1-0, while outshooting the Titan, 12-11.
Early in the second period, a former MAINEiac took center stage, as Sebastien Trudeau batted a shot out of mid air for his second goal of the season. Later in the period, the Titan took their first lead of the evening, as Jonathan Lessard picked the top corner with his fifth tally of the season. Trudeau struck again in the third, firing home a one-timer from the top of the left circle. Christophe Losier assisted on both of Trudeau's tallies, earning the game's second star.
Robert Steeves made his QMJHL debut in goal for Acadie-Bathurst, and earned the win, making 31 saves on 32 shots. Nicholas Champion suffered his first loss in a Lewiston uniform, allowing three goals on 20 shots in his first game back from training camp with the Montreal Canadiens.
The MAINEiacs and Titan will play the back end of their weekend series on Saturday night at 7:00.