Maine Hockey Journal

A one sided affair

Lewiston, ME– The Lewiston Maineiacs and the Drummondville Voltigeurs had probably the most exciting game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on October 10th with Lewiston picking up the 4-3 shootout victory. November 8th will be considered the most lopsided game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The Voltigeurs came away with the 13-4 victory. 17-year-old rookie Dmitry Kulikov had a goal and three assists to lead Drummondville.

22 seconds into the contest, Billy Lacasse went off for tripping. After Lewiston killed off the Lacasse penalty, Brodeur tried to start a fight but the Voltigeur player wasn’t willing to drop them. Brodeur went to the sin bin 2:53 into the contest. Drummondville was able to set up in the offensive zone but didn’t capitalize.

The Voltigeurs were in control for the first 7:35 by outshooting the Maineiacs 9-0. Guy Boucher, Drummondville’s Head Coach was worried that Antoine Tardif wouldn’t get into a grove.

“Know what, to be honest with you, that is the biggest problem we have, we are the number one in the league in shots against,” said Boucher. They are only giving up 22 shots per game.

They got on the board at the 7:35 mark with a goal from Yannick Riendeau. Riendeau stuffed home a rebound from a blast from the left circle from Dmitry Kulikov. Marc-Antoine Desnoyers got his seventh on the year with a wrap around effort 54 seconds later. Ed Harding called a timeout to settle the troops down. 27 seconds later, Mathieu Gingras gave Drummondville the 3-0 led as he stuffed the puck home.

Lewiston would go on the man advantage when Olivier Hotte went off with 9:46 remaining for boarding. Alex Beaton had the Maineiacs best chance when he received a chip pass deep in the slot. The puck bounced off his stick. Garrett Clarke got called for slashing with 6:35 to go. Denis Reul went off for cross-checking with 5:31 to go. 58 seconds into the 5 on 3, Drummondville went up 4-0. Kulikov let a blast go from the top of the slot. The helper went to Samson Mahbod.

The Maineiacs struck right back with a goal from Billy Lacasse who crashed the net. Michael Chaput got the lone assist with 4:15 remaining. Reul went to the sin bin with 2:09 to go. After a Maineiac player got tripped up with no call, the Maineiacs were up in arms. Maxime Gratchev got an unsportsmanlike call with 14 seconds left. Danick Paquette got a roughing and a five minute major at the 20 minute mark.

The Voltigeurs started the second period with a 5 on 3 powerplay to start the period. They had 5:16 of 5 on 4 time because of Paquette’s combined penalties. With 15:17 to go in the second, Riendeau and Kulikov hooked up again on the powerplay. That was Drummondville’s only goal on the seven minute powerplay.

With 10:41 remaining, Charles Landry got called for tripping. The Maineiacs had it in the offensive zone for most of the powerplay. Their shots towards the net were mostly blocked. Philippe Lefebvre got an unassisted shorthanded tally with 8:42 remaining. He stole the puck and broke in all alone.

Lewiston was able to get pressure on Tardif that he hadn’t seen. Pier-Olivier Morin answered right back at the 11:50 mark with the assist going to Lucas LaBelle getting the lone assist. Lacasse got his second of game 48 seconds later with Etienne Brodeur getting helper.

“All sudden there are two or three challenging shots in a row and it’s very difficult to keep focus,” said Boucher.

Patrick Prokop went to the sin bin with 4:55 to go in the stanza. Lewiston had a few chances and Drummondville had another shorthanded chance. Hotte went to the box for tripping with 2:45 left. Lewiston couldn’t convert.

Philip Wright took over in the third period. The Voltigeurs welcomed him into the game with a goal 38 seconds into the third. Lefebvre got his second of the night with Landry getting the play started. Dany Masse notched his 12 of the year 59 seconds into the stanza. 20 seconds later, Gabriel Dumont tallied his sixth of the year.

At the 5:07 mark, LaBelle got his fourth of the year. Chaput picked up his second assist of the game. Marc-Olivier Vachon skated around the offensive zone and ripped a shot from the top of the slot to make it 11-4. Mike Hoffman got the lone assist

Michael Ward drilled a player into the boards and got a five minute checking from behind call. He also got a game misconduct. Marc Bourgeois got a roughing call. All three penalties were with 10:13 remaining. With one second in the 5 on 3, Hotte picked up his first of the season. At the 13:33 mark Hoffman got his 11th of season. That was another powerplay tally.

Andrew Randazzo went off for two minutes with 4:17 to go. Lewiston couldn’t convert.

Peter Delmas turned away 29 of 35 shots in the two periods he saw. Philip Wright turned away 10 shots. Antoine Tardif made 19 saves in the victory. Lewiston was 0 for 5 with the man advantage. The Voltigeurs were 4 for 12. The three stars were:

3.Philippe Lefebvre (Drummondville)

2. Yannick Riendeau (Drummondville)

1. Dmitry Kulikov (Drummondville)

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