Saturday, March 26, 2011
On Saturday night, the Lewiston MAINEiacs bounced back, tying their best-of-seven series with the Moncton Wildcats at one game a piece. It was a defensive type of game, as only three goals were scored, and a combined total of 45 shots made their way onto the net. In the end, Lewiston's pair of tallies made the difference in a 2-1 win in front of 1,729 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
The MAINEiacs opened the scoring at the 5:59 mark of the first period. Dillon Fournier handed the puck to Michael Chaput, who started a rush down the right side of the ice. After cruising past a defender, Chaput cut to the middle, taking a wrist shot that flew past Brandon Thibeau's glove. Zach Shannon also assisted on Chaput's first playoff marker of 2011.
In the second period, Lewiston added to their lead. Olivier Dame-Malka skated the puck into the offensive zone, before teeing up a slap shot that rifled into the back of the cage. Jonathan Parisien and Michael Chaput both assisted on the tally, giving all three players two points in the series.
The Wildcats got a goal back with 1:23 remaining in the middle frame, as Alex Saulnier sent a pass across the ice to his brother Allain, who drilled a one-timer into the top of the net. Simon Jodoin also assisted on Allain Saulnier's second tally of the series.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the third period, as both defenses were sharp until the finish. When the final buzzer sounded, Lewiston had the 2-1 win.
Nicholas Champion picked up the win for the MAINEiacs, making 17 saves on 18 shots. Brandon Thibeau took the loss for Moncton, despite stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced.
The MAINEiacs and Wildcats will now head to Moncton for games three and four of the series on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Both games will begin at 6:00. Lewiston's next home game will be on Friday night at 7:30, when the two teams return to the United States for game five.