Maine Hockey Journal

Another Pair at the ABC

The Lewiston Maineiacs continue their home stand this weekend with a game on Friday against the Moncton Wildcats.  The Maineiacs have their first Sunday game of the season when the Victoriaville Tigres come to town for a 4pm contest.  After this weekend, the Maineiacs won’t be back at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee until October 10th when the Drummondville Voltiguers come to town.

Moncton Wildcats
2008-2009 Season: 4-0-0-0 (2nd in the Atlantic Division)
Goals For: 21 (Tied for 3rd in the League)
Goals Against: 7 (1st in the League)
Powerplay Goals: 5 (Tied for 7th in the League)
Powerplay Percentage: 17.2 (12th in the League)
Penalty Kill Percentage: 96.4% (1st in the League)
Powerplay Goals Allowed: 1 (Tied for 1st in the League)
Short Handed Goals For: 0 (Tied for last in the League)

One of the biggest surprises so far in the league has been these Moncton Wildcats.   This week they’re ranked sixth in the CHL Mosaik Mastercard Top Ten rankings.  Offensively they’re led by Scott Brannon and Ted Stephens who each have five goals and three assists in four games.  Matt Eagles is off to a good start with seven points and two goals.  He was one of Moncton’s leaders last year with 57 points in 61 games.  Sasha Famin a rookie from Belarus has three goals and a total of six points.

With only two defenseman back from last year’s team, the new guys have really stepped up their game.  First overall selection in the 2008 Midget Draft, Brandon Gormley, has one assist so far.  Mark Barberio who was on the team last year has two assists in two games.  This defense could become better if Vyacheslav Voinov gets assigned to the Wildcats.  Right now he’s at the Los Angeles Kings training camp.  In net, Nicola Riopel has been solid with a 1.71 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.  He has been in the net for every game.

Victoriaville Tigres 2008-2009 Season: 2-3-0-0 (3rd in the Telus Central)
Goals For: 16 (Tied for 7th in the League)
Goals Against: 14 (8th in the League)
Powerplay Goals: 4 (Tied for 12th in the League)
Powerplay Percentage: 11.4 (15h in the League)
Penalty Kill Percentage: 80.6% (9th in the League)
Powerplay Goals Allowed: 6 (Tied for 7th in the League)
Short Handed Goals For: 2 (Tied for 1st in the League)

The Victoriaville Tigres have been decent so far.  Maxime Tanguay hasn’t played yet because he’s attending Chicago Blackhawks training camp. Dave Nolin leads the team with three goals and three assists.  Second year player Olivier Hinse is second on the team with three goals and a total of five points.  The powerplay has been decent with four goals.

Alexi Pianosi leads the blue line crew with two assists.  Keven Dupont has a +4 which leads the team.  Maxime Robichaud has a +3. A couple of players have a +2 rating.  Kevin Poulin will need to have a good year in net.  He hasn’t played much because he’s been with the Islanders for their training camp.  Loic Boivin has seen most of the action.  He’s 2-2 with a 2.81gaa and a .887 save percentage.

Lewiston Maineiacs 2008-2009 Season: 2-2-0-0 (4th in the Telus Central)

Goals For: 12 (Tied for 10th in the League)
Goals Against: 16 (Tied for 12th in the League)
Powerplay Goals: 5 (Tied for 10th in the League)
Powerplay Percentage: 20.8%  (9th in the League)
Penalty Kill Percentage: 72.4% (15th in the League)
Powerplay Goals Allowed: 8 (Tied for 14th in the League)
Short Handed Goals For: 0 (Tied for last in the League)

The Maineiacs get their captain back this weekend as Danick Paquette has returned from Atlanta Thrashers camp.  This team needs a goal scorer and Paquette banked in 29 last season for the Maineiacs.  Maxime Gratchev is still with the Islanders.  He could end up with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this year.  Marc Bourgeois leads the offense with two goals and two assists.  Lucas LaBelle and Billy Lacasse each have three points.

Eric Gelinas is off to a good start so far with a goal and two assists in the four games.  Sean Stagles who has been a great find has three assists.  He’s from Rochester, New York and played in the Eastern Junior Hockey League last season.  Denis Reul has returned to Lewiston after spending the last week in Boston.  Garrett Clarke should be back in the line up after missing last weekend.  Peter Delmas will be back between the pipes for the Maineiacs.  Lewiston will still go with three goaltenders for the time being.

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