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Saturday, October 2, 2010

MAINEiacs lose to Val-d'Or 4-1 #MAINEiacsHockey #qmjhl

One of the highlights heading into Saturday night's game was the battle of the brothers. The MAINEiacs' Sam Henley and the Foreurs' Cedrick Henley grew up in Val-d'Or and are facing each other for the third and fourth times in their home town. On Saturday, Cedrick stole the show from his younger brother, scoring a pair of goals, while adding an assist and a fight, as the Foreurs picked up a 4-1 win on home ice.

The first period was the difference in the hockey game, as Lewiston's Michael Chaput received a double-minor for high sticking at the 7:29 mark of the opening stanza. Val-d'Or scored during both halves of the penalty, with Marc-Alain Begin opening the scoring at 9:11, and Cedrick Henley following with a goal 29 seconds later. Before the period came to an end, the Foreurs added to their lead, as Olivier Archambault slipped one past MAINEiacs' netminder Andrey Makarov. The goal came with 30 seconds left, and also gave Begin a three-point period.

Early in the second period, the MAINEiacs got one back. Antoine Houde-Caron netted a shorthanded goal from Sam Carrier and Pierre-Olivier Morin, bringing the visitors back to within two. The shorthanded goal
was Lewiston's fourth of the season (first for a player other than Etienne Brodeur), putting them into a tie with Quebec for the most in the QMJHL. Lewiston could have gotten a few more goals in the second period, but Val-d'Or goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard stood on his head, keeping his team in the lead.

Cedrick Henley's second goal of the evening completed the scoring at the 7:28 mark of the third period, as the Foreurs went on to the 4-1 win. Later in the period, Henley dropped the gloves with Ian Saab, giving him a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

Jacob Gervais-Chouinard earned the game's first star, turning aside 28 of 29 shots for the win. One night after his first career shutout, Andrey Makarov suffered the loss, despite making 25 saves on 29 shots.

On Sunday afternoon, the MAINEiacs will aim for their second split of the road trip, when they play the second half of their weekend series with Val-d'Or at 4:00. Lewiston will then return home for a three-game homestand, beginning on October 8th against the Victoriaville Tigres.



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