Maine Hockey Journal

Three games in three days for the MAINEiacs

Lewiston heads back on the road for two games against Divisional rival the Victoriaville Tigres (Friday 7:30 and Saturday 4:30) and a tilt with the Quebec Remparts on Sunday (4pm).  The Tigres are in third in the Central Division, with 18 points, that’s eight points ahead of the Maineiacs.  Patrick Roy’s boys are the second ranked team in the country with their 11-1 record.

Lewiston Maineiacs
2008-2009 Season:
5-9-0-0 (4th in the Telus Central)
Goals For: 38 (Tied for 15th in the League)
Goals Against: 56 (16th in the League)
Powerplay Goals: 12 (16th in the League)
Powerplay Percentage: 13.8%  (15th in the League)
Penalty Kill Percentage: 75.7% (17th in the League)
Short Handed Goals Allowed: 25 (16th in the League)
Short Handed Goals For: 2 (Tied for 6th in the League)

It was a tough weekend last weekend for the Maineiacs.  They lost to the Halifax Mooseheads 2-0.  The offense showed up against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies as they scored five goals.  The only problem was the Huskies had their offense clicking as they scored seven.  One of the bright spots for the Maineiacs last week was the emergence of Steeven Jacques.  He had five points the last week after Ed Hardding put him on a line with Danick Paquette and Pierre-Olivier Morin.

On defense, Eric Gelinas has three goals and five assists in 14 contests.  He’s becoming a leader on the blue line.  It will be interesting to see where he goes this upcoming June at the NHL Entry Draft.  Michael Ward has a goal and five assists in 12 contests.  Patrick Cusack has five assists in 11 games.  In net, Peter Delmas has been average so far.  He’s 2-6 with a 4.11 goals against average and a .854 save percentage.  Phillip Wright got the start against the Mooseheads and he faired very well.  He’s 2-1 with a 2.00 goals against average and a .917 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

Victoriaville Tigres
2008-2009 Season:
9-7-0-0 (3rd in the Telus Central)
Goals For: 56 (Tied for 3rd in the League)
Goals Against: 49 (Tied for 9th in the League)
Powerplay Goals: 11 (Tied for 17th in the League)
Powerplay Percentage: 13.4%  (16th in the League)
Penalty Kill Percentage: 81.2% (8th in the League)
Short Handed Goals Allowed: 19 (7th in the League)
Short Handed Goals For: 5 (1st in the League)

When a team is in the top tier in goal scoring in the league, usually the team has a good powerplay, but the Tigres are at the bottom of the league.  Alexandre Labonte and David Nolin each have 17 points on the season.  Labonte has six goals and Nolin has four goals.  Philip-Michael Devos has eight goals to lead the team.  Chicago Blackhawks prospect Maxime Tanguay has 11 points including five goals.  Labonte has a +11 to lead the team.

Alexi Pianosi leads the defenseman on the team with a goal and five assists in 16 games.  Antoine Laperriere has two goals and three assists for the season.  Keven Dupont has a goal and three assists.  In net, Keven Poulin is having a nice rebound year.  He’s 6-4 with a 2.88 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.  Loic Boivin is also having a decent year with a 2-3 record with a 2.59 goals against average and a .878 save percentage.

Quebec Remparts
2008-2009 Season:
11-1-0-0 (1st in the Telus East)
Goals For: 48 (6th in the League)
Goals Against: 29 (2nd in the League)
Powerplay Goals: 15 (12th in the League)
Powerplay Percentage: 18.8%  (Tied for 8th in the League)
Penalty Kill Percentage: 85.1% (3rd in the League)
Short Handed Goals Allowed: 10 (2nd in the League)
Short Handed Goals For: 4 (Tied for 2nd in the League)

Patrick Roy has geared up for this season to make a run.  His team has done that with the 11 wins in 12 games.  Two Buffalo Sabres prospects lead the way; Benjamin Breault leads the team with nine goals for a total of 18 points.  Jean-Simon Allard has three goals and nine assists.  Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and David Gilbert each have 11 points.  Dmitri Kugryshev and Mikhail Stefanovich each have eight points.

Samuel Groulx and Kevin Marshall lead the blue line crew with four points.  Marshall has three goals and Groulx has one goal.  Mikael Tam has three assists.  Guillaume Monast is a solid defenseman also on this squad.  Charles Lavigne is having a solid year as he’s 7-1 with a 2.55 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.  Jonathan Roy is 4-0 with a 1.75 goals against average and a .941 save percentage.

A Sabres Prospect is Named to the QMJHL team for the ADT Canada/Russia Challenge

Paul Byron of the Gatineau Olympiques has been named to the QMJHL All-Stars.  He will be apart of the team that faces Russia’s Under 20 squad.  He has three goals and eight assists in 13 games.  The Russian National team will play two games, one game in Cape Breton (November 17th) and another in Saint John (November 19th).

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