It’s over.

The Lewiston Maineiacs’ dismal losing streak that stretched for 15 games over 42 days, the streak that was the eighth-longest on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s list of futility, came to an emphatic end Wednesday as the team steamrolled Gatineau 4-1at the Robert Guertin Centre.

“These guys, they played hard, they followed the system, created some good opportunities out of that system and put a win on the board,” Maineiacs’ interim head coach Jeff Guay said. “There was a great feeling in the room afterward; there was some yelling and celebrating. These kids, they want to get right back on the ice and played again.”

The Maineiacs’ last win was on Nov. 4, a road victory in Montreal. Since then, in addition to being 0-14-1, Lewiston had allowed 76 goals while scoring just 35, and had allowed an average of 40 shots against. Wednesday, in the team’s second game with Guay as an interim coach, Lewiston outshot Gatineau 35-33. Four different players scored goals and 11 players recorded at least a point. Lewiston scored on the power play and even netted a short-handed insurance goal in the second period.

“Adrien (Lemay) played well in net, but he wasn’t overworked,” Guay said. “This was a great defensive effort by the whole team. They followed the system, limited the chances. Adrien played well, but he didn’t have to work his butt off. He didn’t have to expend a lot of energy tonight.”

Mathieu Brisebois, one of the last players cut in training camp, returned to the team for the second time this season with defenseman Matt Boyle staying in Lewiston with a broken finger. In his first full regular-season QMJHL contest, Brisebois registered an assist and was a plus-2.

“He’s got to get a bit stronger,” Guay said. “This was the first time I’d seen him, and he played well. He was a key factor on our shorthanded goal.”

Lemay stopped 32 of 33 shots to earn the win, his 11th of the season.

The Maineiacs and Olympiques traded goals in the first period. Denis Kindl netted the first to put the home team on top 1-0 early. Four minutes later, Alexis Piette scored his ninth of the year to even things up.

“(Former Lewiston coach) Mario Durocher used to tell me, if you can survive the first 10 minutes in Gatineau, you have a chance to win the game. We survived the first 10 and kept plugging away.”

In the second, the Maineiacs fought off a couple of power-play chances for Gatineau before Eric Gelinas gave Lewiston the lead for good at 8:34 on the power play. Pier-Olivier Morin netted his 10th of the season shorthanded on a feed from Brisebois to extend the lead to 3-1.

In the third, Stefan Fournier potted his fourth of the season at even strength to cap the scoring and put the game out of reach.

Lewiston’s final game before the holdiay break — and the trade period — is Thursday in Drummondville.


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