Maine Hockey Journal

Yannick Riendeau was the man

Lewiston, ME- It was the Yannick Riendeau show at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. His three goals and two assists led the way, as the Drummondville Voltigeurs defeated the Lewiston Maineiacs 7-1, to complete the sweep. Dany Masse had three assists and Mike Hoffman added a goal and two assists. Garrett Clarke got the only tally for the home team.

The Voltigeurs got on the powerplay 6:50 into the contest when Billy Lacasse went off for holding. 30 seconds later, Eric Gelinas accompanied Lacasse in the sin bin for slashing. Drummondville got on the board when Mike Hoffman blasted one from the top of the slot. Yannick Riendeau and Dmitry Kulikov contributed with helpers on the goal.

Kulikov had a six point weekend. Drummondville’s Head Coach has been very impressed with his 18-year-old rookie.

“He’s incredible, for me it’s been ten years in this league for me; I’ve coached (Mike) Ribeiro, (Derek) Brassard, and (Sidney) Crosby. He’s the second best total package behind Crosby,” said Guy Boucher

The luck went Lewiston’s way the Voltigeurs thought they made it 2-0 but the whistle was already blown. The puck was loose beside the crease.

“That was a goal; the referee didn’t see where it was. We work a lot on the mental part of the game. I got my Masters in Sports Psychology and we take a lot of time in that. Some circumstances don’t affect us,” said Boucher.

The Maineiacs went on the man advantage when Andrew Randazzo went to the box at the 9:55 mark. Lewiston crashed the net and almost got a wrap around opportunity. They drew another powerplay chance when Marc-Antoine Desnoyers went off 43 seconds later. The Maineiacs worked the point on the 5 on 3 but couldn’t light the lamp.

The Voltigeurs thought they made it 2-0 again when Peter Delmas was down on the ice. The puck rang off the crossbar. Garrett Clarke got called for a double minor when he got called for hooking and roughing with 3:27 left. Yannick Riendeau roofed a rebound shot with 2:12 remaining.

That where Riendeau makes his home, behind the net. “He goes to battle inside and out to get the shot. He used to play more of the outside game to give it to other guys,” said Boucher.

Hoffman and Dmitry Kulikov contributed on the play. Samson Mahbod got the lead up to 3-0 with 45 seconds left in the stanza. Riendeau and Dany Masse set the goal up. Both goals were on the powerplay.

Lewiston had a great chance two minutes into the second when the puck was thrown in front of the net. Danick Paquette went off at the 4:15 mark for interference. Riendeau thought the puck was a basketball as he put it in between his legs and waited for Delmas to commit. Once Delmas committed, he slid it into the open net. Dany Masse got the lone assist at the 6:20 mark.

Gabriel Dumont got an unsportsmanlike call at the 8:21 mark. The Maineiacs only got one shot on the powerplay. Right after media timeout, Mathieu Gringras let a blast go from inside the blue line to make it 5-0. Mahbod and Olivier Hotte tallied assists on the goal. Michael Ward sat for two minutes for tripping at the 12:14 mark. 50 seconds later Clarke hit a player from behind to give the Voltigeurs another 5 on 3 powerplay. They couldn’t light the lamp for the fourth time on the powerplay.

Hoffman went to the sin bin 1:17 into the stanza for hooking. Maxime Gratchev evened up the skaters on the ice, as he got called for tripping. That call came 42 seconds into the Maineiacs man advantage. Delmas made a nice stop when the puck was fed out in front. That was the Voltigeurs best chance on the shorten powerplay.

With 12:27 remaining, Riendeau completed the hat trick. He received a pass from Masse and Maxime Frenette got the secondary assist. Drummondville had another chance when the puck went post to post but didn’t cross the goal line. Garrett Clarke spoiled Antoine Tardif’s shutout bid as he went coast to coast and let a wrister go from the top of the slot.

Ed Harding was letting the younger players play at that point.

“At that point we just rolled the lines; we were playing the young guys a little more,” said Harding.

Alexander Beaton and Paquette got the play started in Lewiston’s defensive zone. The goal came with 8:26 in the match.

Gabriel Dumont made it 7-1 with 7:10 remaining. The only assist went to Marc-Olivier Vachon. Garret Clarke got tangled with Bahbod and the fans wanted a penalty on Bahbod as he took his time getting onto his feet. Lewiston had a wide open net with two minutes left but Tardif slid back into the crease at the last second.

Peter Delmas made 34 saves in the loss. Tardif made 21 saves in the victory. Lewiston was 0 for 4 on the powerplay and Drummondville was 3 for 8. The three stars were:

3. Samson Mahbod (Drummondville)

2. Mike Hoffman (Drummondville)

1. Yannick Riendeau (Drummondville)

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