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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

MAINEiacs take 3-1 series lead over Montreal

On Wednesday night, the Lewiston MAINEiacs played their second straight home game in their best-of-seven series with the Montreal Junior, and defended their ice surface well. For the third game in a row, the score was tied entering the third period, and for the third consecutive game, the MAINEiacs took care of business. Lewiston lit the lamp three times in the final stanza, picking up a 4-1 win over the Junior in front of 1,580 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

For the first time in the series, the MAINEiacs got on the board first. With Montreal defending a 5-on-3, Sam Carrier found Michael Chaput open at the bottom of the right circle. Because of Lewiston's great puck movement, Chaput had a mostly open net to shoot at, which he hit, putting the home team on top.

In the second period, the Junior evened the score, converting on a four-minute power play. David Rose took the puck at the top of the right circle, and rifled a slap shot high over Nicholas Champion's glove, sending the contest into the third period tied at one. A penalty was assessed to Lewiston on the play, putting them shorthanded by two men for a full two minutes. The penalty kill got the job done, keeping Montreal off of the board.

Early in the third period, Lewiston received a power play, as Trevor Parkes was whistled for hitting from behind. While on the man advantage, Michael Chaput set up Etienne Brodeur in the slot, who found Kirill Kabanov at the left side of the crease. In one quick motion, Kabanov swung Brodeur's pass into the net for the go-ahead goal. Four minutes later, Kabanov tallied again, wristing home a shot from the right circle that rang in off of the left side post. For the second time in the series, Antoine Houde-Caron capped the win with an empty net marker.

Nicholas Champion was brilliant in goal for the MAINEiacs, stopping 31 of the 32 shots he faced in the win. Jean-Francois Berube made 27 saves on 30 shots, taking the loss for the Junior.



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