For the second time this weekend, the Lewiston MAINEiacs fell behind early, before coming back to win a key divisional battle. The Chicoutimi Sagueneens took a 2-0 lead early in the second period, only to see the MAINEiacs score twice in the second and three times in the third period for a 5-2 victory in front of 1,941 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
The Sagueneens opened the scoring in the latter stages of the first period. Guillaume Asselin skated in on a 2-on-1 rush, before blasting a slap shot through Nicholas Champion from the bottom of the right circle. 1:05 into the second period, Asselin struck again, wiring in a shot from an identical location.
Midway through the second period, the MAINEiacs got on the board, starting their comeback. Sam Henley attacked the offensive zone on a forecheck, freeing up the puck for Alex Zafiris. The rookie forward found Antoine Houde-Caron in the slot, who beat Francis Desrosiers high over the glove. With 1:56 left to go in the spirited middle frame, Lewiston knotted the score. Sam Carrier flipped the puck into the offensive zone, springing Stefan Fournier in alone. Fournier's backhander hit off of the post, off of Desrosiers, and in for the equalizer.
The home team continued to ride the momentum into the third period, taking their first lead of the afternoon at the 3:19 mark of the third period. Sam Carrier tossed the puck into the middle of the ice, allowing Cole Hawes to deflect a shot into the top part of the goal. Hawes' seventh tally of the season was also Lewiston's 1,000th in franchise history on home ice. The MAINEiacs maintained their one-goal lead until the final seven minutes of the game, when they eventually pulled away. Olivier Dame-Malka's wrist shot from the point put Lewiston ahead by two, before Matt Bissonnette converted off of a pass by Stefan Fournier for a 5-2 final score.
Nicholas Champion earned the win for the MAINEiacs, making 19 saves on 21 shots. Francis Desrosiers suffered the loss for Chicoutimi, stopping 28 of the 33 shots he faced.
The MAINEiacs will continue their homestand on Tuesday night at 7:00, when they play host to the Shawinigan Cataractes.
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