Maine Hockey Journal

It’s Good to be Home

Drummondville, QC– There’s no place like home. After the Lewiston Maineiacs defeated the Drummondville Voltigeurs 4-3 on Friday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee; the Voltigeurs returned the favor as they defeated Lewiston 5-3 at the Marcel Dionne Centre on Sunday. Drummondville was led by Marc-Antoine Desnoyers who had two goals. Billy Lacasse, Steeven Jacques, and Pier-Olivier Morin were the goal scorers for the Maineiacs.

The teams skated back and forth for the first 3:19 of the first stanza. Drummondville would strike first with a goal from Marc-Olivier Vachon. He would stuff a rebound home from a Jeff Marcoux shot. Gabriel Dumont would get the secondary assist. The Voltigeurs would control most of the play in the period.

Mike Hoffman who had three assists in the Friday night loss would add the second tally for Drummondville. He skated in the zone with only one on his stick and was able to slide it through Delmas’ five hole. It was an unassisted mark at the 6:28 mark of the period.

Maineiacs struggles continued. Lucas LaBelle went to the sin bin 7:33 into the first. Eight seconds into the powerplay, Marc-Antoine Desnoyers let a blast go to make it a 3-0 lead for Drummondville. Ed Harding used his only timeout to calm his troops down. The Maineiacs had a flurry of shots on Nathan Dunnett right after the timeout.

Lewiston would get one back before the first act was over. Dumont went to the box with 1:51 remaining. Billy Lacasse got his fourth of the year when stuffed the puck home. Michael Ward and Marc Bourgeois grabbed the assists.

The momentum didn’t carry over into the second. Ward lost the puck behind his own net and Dany Masse put it home. Hoffman and Samson Mohbad got the helpers. The goal came 51 seconds into the second.

The Maineiacs looked they were down and out. They would go on the powerplay when there was a scrum in front of Dunnett’s net. Jeff Marcoux went to the box. The Maineiacs couldn’t convert on the man advantage.

Lewiston would strike from two unlikely sources. 4:41 into the second, Steeven Jacques cut the Voltigeurs lead in half with his first career QMJHL goal. Etienne Brodeur got the lone assist. Not even two minutes later, Pier Oliver Morin got the Maineiacs within one. No assists were rewarded. The Maineiacs had a five on three powerplay. They had their chances but couldn’t convert.

The game got physical; Sean Stagles was called for slew footing at the 12:50 mark. It was a double minor. Also at the 12:50 mark, Dominic Savoie dropped the gloves for the Maineiacs and Mike Hoffman was his opponent. After the two were sizing each other up, the referees came in before any punches were thrown. Both received a minor penalty. Michael Chaput received a double minor with 1:11 remaining.

At the end of the stanza, Pier-Olivier Morin had a breakaway chance but Dunnett was able to make the stop. Lewiston would start the third 4 on 4 when Philippe Bergeron got a penalty at the buzzer.

The Maineiacs were able to kill off the rest of Chaput’s double minor. Delmas made some great saves to keep it 4-3. Delmas made big saves through out the third. Danick Paquette went to the box twice in the third. His first offense was slashing at the 10:44 mark.

The second penalty was in a key situation for the Maineiacs. They had a five on three man advantage when Philippe Lefebvre and Charles Landry went to the box with 6:47 remaining. Landry was called for a five minute major and a game misconduct. Guy Boucher (Drummondville’s Head Coach) was furious with the call. The fans showed their displeasure by littering the ice surface with debris. Not even a minute into the 5 on 3, Paquette got himself tangled with Nathan Durnett. He was called for interference.

The Voltigeurs would respond by adding an insurance goal with 4:04 remaining. Marc-Antoine Desnoyers got his second of the night and his fifth of the year. He shot it from the deep slot and found the top shelf. Philippe Lefebvre got the only assist. The Maineiacs pulled Delmas with 50 seconds but couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end.

Peter Delmas record drops to 2-4. He made 36 saves in the losing effort. Nathan Durnett improves his record to 4-0 and made 26 saves. Both teams were 1 for 8 on the man advantage. The three stars were:

3. Pier-Olivier Morin (Lewiston)

2. Dany Masse (Drummondville)

1. Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (Drummondville)

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