|NICHOLAS CHAMPION GETS HIS 10TH STRAIGHT WIN|
The Lewiston MAINEiacs exploded out of the gates on Wednesday night, shattering a franchise record, while taking a lead that they would not look back on. Lewiston scored three goals in 52 seconds, en route to a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. The MAINEiacs and Chicoutimi Sagueneens traded three goals a piece in the final two periods, as Lewiston picked up a 7-4 win in front of 2,117 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The MAINEiacs have now won six straight games at home, and have moved into a tie for first place overall in the QMJHL.
Shortly before the midway mark of the first period, the MAINEiacs drew first blood. Michael Chaput sent the puck through the crease to Pierre-Olivier Morin, who dribbled a shot in on the left side of the crease. A little less than four minutes later, Lewiston extended the lead in a big way. Kirill Kabanov picked up an Alex Zafiris feed, and knocked it in from the slot. 40 seconds later, Jess Tanguy deflected Zachary Evans-Renaud's point shot in for a 3-0 lead. 12 seconds after that, Etienne Brodeur joined in the fun, finding the back of the net for his 24th goal of the season. The three goals were scored in a span of 52 seconds, breaking the previous franchise record of three goals in 1:00, which was set on March 18, 2007 in PEI.
The Sagueneens got on the board at the 16-minute mark of the first, when Charles Hudon netted an unassisted goal. Early in the second period, Chicoutimi lit the lamp again, as Guillaume Asselin recorded a tally on the power play. However, the MAINEiacs had a couple of answers, as Pierre-Olivier Morin and Kirill Kabanov gave Lewiston a two-goal lead yet again.
Nicholas Therrien and Michael Chaput exchanged markers in the third period, as the MAINEiacs went on to the 7-4 win.
Ten of the 18 players in Lewiston's lineup recorded at least one point, with Etienne Brodeur (4), Zachary Evans-Renaud (4), Pierre-Olivier Morin (3), Michael Chaput (2), Samuel Carrier (2), and Kirill Kabanov (2) all earning multiple-point nights.
Nicholas Champion picked up his tenth straight win, as well as his 15th in his last 16 starts, stopping 31 of the 35 saves he faced for the MAINEiacs. Robin Gusse took the loss for the Sagueneens, allowing seven goals on 41 shots.
The MAINEiacs will be at home again on Friday night at 7:00, when they take on the Moncton Wildcats.
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