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QMJHL: Caron's 2-goal effort leads Oceanic over Maineiacs

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The Canadian Press
12/2/2008 10:43:20 PM
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Being victimized repeatedly by the Rimouski Oceanic's power play didn't stop the Lewiston Maineiacs from making a few more trips to the penalty box.

Jordan Caron scored twice in a three-goal second period that lifted the Oceanic to a 5-2 win over the Maineiacs in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Tuesday night.

The game was marred by a third-period skirmish that saw four players earn game misconducts. Lewiston centre Alexander Beaton was the prime agitator, earning a double-major and mandatory match penalty with 5:17 left in the third period and his Maineiacs trailing by three goals.

Lewiston teammate Danick Paquette earned a major and a game misconduct in the fracas, while Oceanic skaters Alexandre Neron and Ilya Silik were also tossed from the game.

The penalty-filled third period provided a fitting conclusion for the Maineiacs (11-19-0-0), who handed Rimouski 12 man-advantage opportunities in the game _ and paid dearly for it. Both of Caron's goals came on the power play as the Oceanic (20-10-0-0) scored four times with the extra man on the way to their third straight win.

Trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes, Caron's first goal 26 seconds into the second period, with Paquette in the box, cut Lewiston's lead in half. Caron evened the score with his 14th goal of the season at 9:27, and Patrice Cormier put Rimouski ahead for good at 13:34 on another Oceanic power play.

Caron added two assists in the win.

In the night's other QMJHL game, it was: Gatineau 2 Rouyn-Noranda 1.

At Rimouski, Que., Philippe Cornet and Guillaume Pelletier added third-period goals for the Oceanic, who entered the game with the league's fifth-best power play (22.7 per cent). Lewiston has allowed the most man-advantage opportunities (225) and power-play goals against (63).

Cornet and Cormier each finished with a goal and two assists, while reigning QMJHL defensive player of the month Sebastian Piche added an assist in the victory.

Denis Ruel and New York Islanders prospect Maxime Gratchev replied with first-period goals for the Maineiacs. Gratchev's was the ninth shorthanded goal of the season for the Lewiston, a league best.

Maxim Gougeon earned his 16th win of the season with a 25-save performance for Rimouski.

Peter Delmas stopped 23 shots in defeat for the Maineiacs.

Olympiques 2 Huskies 1

At Rouyn Noranda, Que., Jan Stransky's third-period goal led Gatineau past the Huskies.

Joshua Domingues had the other goal for the Olympiques (11-17-1-1).

Alex Emond countered in defeat for Rouyn-Noranda (17-9-3-1).

Rimouski Oceanic (Photo: TSN)

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