Maine Hockey Journal

Lewiston defeats a depleted Oceanic club

Rimouski, QC- When you looked at line ups, there were many unfamiliar names. The Rimouski Oceanic had seven key players out and Lewiston was missing three of their regulars.

Danick Paquette was in Cape Breton for the ADT Canada Russia Challenge, Michael Chaput was at Hockey Quebec’s Under 17 training camp for the World Under-17 Challenge. Peter Delmas was given the night off and Jonathan Connelly made the start in net.

Lewiston came on top with the 5-2 victory. Marc Bourgeois had two goals and an assist. Maxime Gratchev had a goal and an assist against his former club. Jonathan Connelly made 19 saves.

The Maineiacs got on the board first with a goal by Alexander Beaton off an offensive zone face off. Patrick Cusack let a shot go and Beaton tipped it in at the 2:09 mark. Lewiston had a few other chances.

Etienne Brodeur went off at the 4:42 mark. The Oceanic had plenty of chances on the man advantage. Sébastien Piche had a few shots on the powerplay. Jonathan Connelly was sharp in his return to the ice.

Marc Bourgeois made it 2-0 after he received a pass from Maxime Gratchev who use to play for Rimouski. The goal came with 11:06 remaining. Pierre-Oliver Morin got the secondary assist. The Maineiacs would go on the powerplay with 9:13 remaining. Alexandre S. Brunet sat for two minutes. Patrice Cormier had a short handed breakaway but Connelly made the save. Lewiston came back and Billy Lacasse made it 3-0 five seconds after Brunet came out of the box.

Lewiston continued to put the pressure on as they crashed the net. After Michael Ward talked to the referees, they went to replace to see if the puck crossed the line. After a short review, the call stood. Rimouski went back to the box when Tomas Petracek got called for the infraction at the 17:18 mark. The Maineiacs would stretch the lead to four on the powerplay. Denis Reul got his first goal of the season. Eric Gelinas and Marc Bourgeois assisted on the goal 58 seconds into the powerplay.

François Lacente would replace Tommy Perreault in goal. Philippe Cornet had a breakaway opportunity but Connelly made another great save. The Maineiacs pressured the rookie goaltender. Rimouski went on the powerplay when Denis Reul went to the sin bin at the 6:21 mark. Rimouski would get on the board when Frank Grzeszczak found the back of the net. Cornet and Emmanuel Boudreau grabbing the assists at the 7:35 mark.

Lewiston would go back on the attack when Lacente misplayed the biscuit. Both Maxime Gratchev and Marc Bourgeois had chances. Garrett Clarke went to the box for interference with 9:15 remaining. Connelly stood tall again as he stopped Patrick Delisle-Houde in front of the crease. Patrice Cormier went to the box as he went off for roughing with 6:25 left in the stanza. Lewiston couldn’t get anything going.

Billy Lacasse had two great chances at the end of the middle frame. The Oceanic had a chance. Lewiston had a great 2 on 1 chance but Lacente was there to make the stop.

Maxime Gratchev went to sin bin for two minutes 49 seconds into the period. Alexander Beaton had a short handed chance but shot it into the bread basket of Lacente. Rimouski came back the other way and started to pepper Connelly. Lewiston was able to kill the penalty.

Félix Lefrançois would get his tenth of the season to cut the Maineiacs’ lead in half. The helpers went to Luca Cunti and Patrick Delisle-Houde at the 3:34 mark. Lewiston would start to put pressure again. Filip Janosik had a few chances.

Marc Bourgeois would get his second of the contest when he let a shot go from the deep slot. He received a pass from Max Gratchev. Michael Ward got the secondary assist at the 9:23 mark.

With 8:59 remaining, Mathieu Asselin went to the sin bin. At the end of the contest, Dany Coulombe and Guillaume Pelletier dropped the gloves. Both men got a game misconduct.

Jonathan Connelly made 19 saves on 21 shots. Tommy Perreault let in four goals on 20 shots. Francois Lacente made 21 saves on 22 chances in a relief appearance. Both teams were 1 for 4 with man advantage. The three stars were:

3. Maxime Gratchev (Lewiston)

2. Philippe Cornet (Rimouski)

1. Marc Bourgeois (Lewiston)

Notes: The Oceanic were missing Alexandre Neron, Olivier Fortier, Keven Veilleux, Ryan Kavanagh, Pierre-Alexandre Joncas, Nicholas Samoluk, and starting goaltender Maxim Gougeon, all due to injuries.

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