Armed with an extra day of rest, Victoriaville took its turn trying to end the Lewiston Maineiacs’ franchise-record winning streak.

With one of the best home records in the league (11-2 going into Sunday), the Tigres trotted out Jean-Christophe Blanchard between the pipes. In six games against Lewiston last season – four with Moncton and two with the Tigres – Blanchard posted four wins and one loss and allowed just 14 goals, a 2.33 goals-against average.

But, like Acadie-Bathurst and Saint John earlier in the weekend, the Tigres came up short.

The Maineiacs chased Blanchard from the game with four goals in 23:34 to open the game and held on as fatigue set in late to post their 11th consecutive victory, a 4-2 win over Victoriaville at the Colisee Desjardins before 1,866.

“We were tired, exhausted and injured,” said Maineiacs coach Clem Jodoin, whose team won all three games in a grueling three-day set. “The bruises are starting to come through now, but we still found a way to win.”

Simon Courcelles, Marc-Andre Cliche, Pierre-Luc Faubert and Kevin Marshall each had a goal and an assist for the Maineiacs, who scored twice on the power play and once each at even strength and shorthanded.

Jonathan Bernier, who had the night off Saturday, recorded his 17th win of the season against three regulation losses and two in a shootout. He was called on particularly in the third period when the team started to run around in its own zone.

“We got into some trouble with penalties in the third period,” said Jodoin. “We killed those off and held on.”

Lewiston was down to five defensemen after the first period when Chad Denny left the period with an injury, and never returned. Sebastien Piche has also missed significant time this week due to a shoulder injury.

“It was (Denny’s) knee, and we didn’t want to take a chance,” said Jodoin, who also said the team wasn’t certain of a timetable for either player’s return.

Rookie defenseman Patrick Cusack played in his second straight game, while fellow rookie Michael Ward sat out to make room.

The Maineiacs’ next games are Friday and Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee against the St. John’s Fog Devils. Both games start at 7 p.m.


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