Maine Hockey Journal

The Return of Jodoin

Wednesday night will be one of the most anticipated nights at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. For the first time since he led the Lewiston Maineiacs to the Memorial Cup, Clem Jodoin makes his return, this time as the Rimouski Oceanic’s Head Coach. After a slow start to the season, the Memorial Cup hosts are 7-3 through the first ten games of the season. They are second in the Telus East behind the Quebec Remparts who are 9-1. For Lewiston it’s the start of a three game home stand. Game time is 7pm with 870 and 1470 ESPN radio having the action on your radio dial.

Rimouski Oceanic
2008-2009 Season: 7-3-0-0 (2nd in the Telus East)
Goals For: 36 (Tied for 9th in the League)
Goals Against: 30 (Tied for 3rd in the League)
Powerplay Goals: 10 (16th in the League)
Powerplay Percentage: 17.9%  (10th in the League)
Penalty Kill Percentage: 79.7% (11th in the League)
Short Handed Goals Allowed: 11 (Tied for 5th in the League)
Short Handed Goals For: 2 (Tied for 4th in the League)

7-3 is a pretty good record but for a team that’s hosting the Memorial Cup, there are some holes that can fill. Up front they depth. Keven Veilleux has 11 points including two goals. Jordan Caron won the Offensive Player of the Week. He had five goals this past weekend. He has accumulated seven goals and two assists. Two other player have nine points. Luca Cunti has two goals and Felix Lefrancois has four goals. They have the playmakers but no one has been putting in the goals. They will be buyers when the trade window opens up.

On the defense, Alexandre Neron and rookie Ryan Kavanagh each have six points. Kavanagh has two goals and Neron has one tally. Sebastien Piche, a former Maineiac, is probably one of the best twenty-year-olds in the league. He was off to a hot start early on but since cooled off. His four goals is tied for second among defenseman. Gleason Fournier has four assists. Overall the defense has been solid. In goal, Maxim Gougeon is 7-2, with a 2.74 goals against average and a .885 save percentage.

Lewiston Maineiacs
2008-2009 Season: 5-6-0-0 (4th in the Telus Central)
Goals For: 32 (14th in the League)
Goals Against: 44 (15th in the League)
Powerplay Goals: 12(Tied for 11th in the League)
Powerplay Percentage: 19.0%  (13th in the League)
Penalty Kill Percentage: 75.0% (Tied for 17th in the League)
Short Handed Goals Allowed: 22 (Last in the League)
Short Handed Goals For: 2 (Tied for 4th in the League)

After a four goal effort Friday night, Sunday they managed three. Alexander Beaton, Etienne Brodeur, and Marc Bougeois each have eight points. Bourgeois has four goals, Beaton has three goals, and Brodeur has two goals. Brodeur has a +5 to lead the team. Maxime Gratchev and Billy Lacasse are starting to get it going. Gratchev has two goals and five assists. Lacasse also has two goals and four assists. The young guys got the goals Sunday with Pier-Olivier Morin and Steeven Jacques getting two of the goals.

Eric Gelinas the seventeen-year-old defenseman has two goals and four assists. Michael Ward has a goal and four assists. Cusack has five points all in the assist column. Peter Delmas had a very good showing on Friday but wasn’t on top of his game Sunday. He’s 2-4, with a 4.14 goals against average and a .865 save percentage. Phillip Wright has been great with a 2-0 record. He has a 2.00 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. Jonathan Connelly hasn’t seen any action since Delmas’ return. He has a 1-3 record with a 4.79 goals against average and a .808 save percentage.

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