Sure it was their fourth game on the road in a week, but the Lewiston Maineiacs are no doubt stung by the outcome of Friday night’s game in Baie-Comeau.

Despite two short-handed goals in the third period, the Maineiacs allowed the Drakkar to score three times in the final frame and pull away for 5-3 win at the Centre Henry-Leonard.

The Drakkar, who made several moves during the holiday trade period to get decidedly younger, used a game similar to the Maineiacs’ own game to pull out the win.

The Maineiacs managed a tie twice in the third period – both times thanks to the short-handed tallies – only to also allow Baie-Comeau to score twice on their power play.

Stefano Giliati took a feed from Stefan Chaput and buried a short-handed chance at 1:06 of the third to knot the score at two. Alexandre Picard-Hooper, who had a four-point night, scored a power play goal two minutes later to give the Drakkar the lead back.

Marc-Andre Cliche potted his second goal of the game, this one also short-handed, unassisted at 10:14 of the third, pulling the Maineiacs even at three, but Benjamin Breault (two goals) retaliated with a goal 58 seconds later to give his team the lead for good. Samuel Beland added an empty-net goal for the Drakkar with the Maineiacs on a late power play to clinch the victory. Early in the game, Lewiston found itself in a hole when Francois Bouchard and Benjamin Breault scored, one coming on the power play, to put Baie-Comeau ahead 2-0.

The Maineiacs held a 29-9 shots advantage through two periods. Still, a Cliche goal in the second period was all Lewiston had to show for its efforts. Jonathan Bernier stopped just 15 of 19 shots for the Maineiacs.

Lewiston next hosts the P.E.I. Rocket on Jan. 22.


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