Maine Hockey Journal

Visiting the Atlantic

The Maineiacs are on the road this weekend as they travel to Atlantic Canada to take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and the Halifax Mooseheads.  Lewiston rolls into Cape Breton for back to back games on Friday and Saturday (Both games at 6pm.).  They finish up their three game road trip in Halifax on Sunday (3pm).  The Maineiacs are familiar with these two clubs as they were in the same division last year.

Lewiston Maineiacs 2008-2009 Season: 3-3-0-0 (4th in the Telus Central)
Goals For: 16 (16th in the League)
Goals Against: 22 (10th in the League)
Powerplay Goals: 5 (Tied for 11th in the League)
Powerplay Percentage: 20.0%  (10th in the League)
Penalty Kill Percentage: 73.8% (14th in the League)
Powerplay Goals Allowed: 11 (Tied for 14th in the League)
Short Handed Goals For: 0 (Tied for last in the League)

One thing the Maineiacs can take away from last weekend was the powerplay getting back on track.  The team doesn’t have to worry about when players will be back from NHL camps because everyone has returned.  Danick Paquette and Maxime Gratchev seem to have some chemistry in the short time that they have been together.  If these two guys get going, points will be put up on the board.

For the second straight game, Lewiston will have a full complement of defensemen.  Garret Clarke looked very good in his return to the ice on Sunday as he recorded two points.  The Assistant captains, Michael Ward and Patrick Cusack have been in the penalty box lately.  Patrick Cusack in particular looks like he has been trying too much.  Peter Delmas didn’t have his two best weekend last weekend.  He needs to get readjusted to the speed of the QMJHL game.

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2008-2009 Season: 6-1-0-0 (2nd in the Atlantic Division)
Goals For: 33 (2nd in the League)
Goals Against: 20 (Tied for 7th in the League)
Powerplay Goals: 9 (9th in the League)
Powerplay Percentage: 20.0%  (8th in the League)
Penalty Kill Percentage: 82.7% (6th in the League)
Powerplay Goals Allowed: 9 (Tied for 7th in the League)
Short Handed Goals For: 1 (Tied for 6th in the League)

This offense has been on fire so far on this season.  They are getting offense from everybody so far.  Michael Stinziani who was acquired from the Gatineau Olympiques has seven goals and four assists.  Chris Culligan has nine points including four goals is second on the team.  They already have nine players with five or more points.  Lewiston doesn’t have a player with five points.  It looks like a run and gun offense.

Jan Piskacek has six assists so far to lead the blue line crew.  Francis Meilleur has a goal and four assists which second among the defenseman on the team.  Mathieu Brodeur has returned from Phoenix Coyotes camp and has a goal in two games.  Olivier Roy has been average so far with a 5-0 record, 3.20 goals against average, and a .894 save percentage.  Watching one of his games last weekend, he let a couple of soft ones in.

Halifax Mooseheads 2008-2009 Season: 2-5-0-0 (2nd in the Atlantic Division)
Goals For: 20 (15th in the League)
Goals Against: 25 (Tied for 12th in the League)
Powerplay Goals: 11 (5th in the League)
Powerplay Percentage: 21.6%  (7th in the League)
Penalty Kill Percentage: 83.3% (Tied for 4th in the League)
Powerplay Goals Allowed: 9 (Tied for 7th in the League)
Short Handed Goals For: 0 (Tied for last in the League)

Despite their record, the Mooseheads have been able to find the back of the net, especially on the powerplay.  You can’t blame the powerplay with the eleven goals.  Their penalty killing is also in the top tier in the league.  Linden Bahm leads the forwards with five points including three goals.  They are still waiting for Logan MacMilan to return from Anaheim Ducks training camp.  At this point, don’t expect Jakub Voracek to return to the QMJHL.

With his seven points Justin Pender is tied for fifth in league scoring for defensemen.  He also leads the Halifax Mooseheads in scoring.  Ben MacAskill and Graham Bona each have a goal and two assists.  In net, Mark Yetman is 1-6 with a 3.55 goals against average and a .861 save percentage.

The games can be heard on 870 and 1470 ESPN Radio and Telus will have all the action on their website.

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