Maine Hockey Journal

Quebec takes game one

Courtesy of Southern Maine Digital Photography

Courtesy of Southern Maine Digital Photography

Portland, ME- For the first time in regular season play, the Lewiston Maineiacs played a home game away from the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Patrick Roy’s Remparts defeated the Lewiston Maineiacs 5-2. Dmitri Kugryshev had two goals and two assists for Quebec. Marc-Olivier Vallerand had a goal and two assists. Billy Lacasse and Maxime Gratchev got the goals for Lewiston.

It was a back and forth game for the first five minutes. Danick Paquette fell behind Jonathan Roy’s net. Roy and a defenseman were behind the net. Quebec had a great chance when Lewiston couldn’t get the puck out of the zone. Lewiston was had their own scoring chance at the other end. Roy made the nice save off a deflection.

Dominic Savoie went off for roughing with 7:12 remaining. With 18 seconds left in the powerplay, Samuel Carrier made it 1-0 from the goal line. The puck deflected off Delmas pads into the top corner. Assists went to Dmitri Kugryshev and Samuel Groulx.

Lewiston was very strong on playing five on five. “They played well, I thought they did a lot of good things,” said Quebec’s Head Coach and General Manager Patrick Roy. “Everyday we play five on five pretty well. If we played Quebec five one five the whole time, I think we would play with them all day long,” said Maineiacs Head Coach Ed Harding.

With 1:41 remaining, Maxime Gratchev found the back of the net for the 13th time this season. Billy Lacasse and Eric Gelinas grabbed the assists.

1:19 into the second, a shot was fired on Delmas but he didn’t control the puck. Marc-Olivier Vallerand got credit with goal. Assists went to Mikael Tam and Dmitri Kugryshev grabbed the helpers. Lewiston would go on the powerplay when Quebec was called for too many men on the ice. Jean-Simon Allard served the penalty at the 6:06 mark.

Denis Reul turned over the puck in the defensive zone but Delmas made the save. David Gilbert was drilled and he was slow to get off the ice. Quebec was called for a penalty at the 15:05 mark. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault got the penalty. Lewiston couldn’t convert on the man advantage. Eric Gelinas went off for hooking with 1:20 remaining in the second.

Alexander Beaton opened the third period with a breakaway. Samuel Carrier was called for slashing at the 47 mark. Lucas LaBelle had a great chance on the man advantage when he let a blast go. It hit the bottom of the post. At the 3:03 mark of the final stanza, Guullame Monest was called for a penalty. Six seconds in the powerplay, Billy Lacasse found the back of the net from the slot. Eric Gelinas and Denis Reul set the goal up.

“I think our powerplay has gotten better,” said Harding.

Max Gratchev would get called for a hooking at the 441 mark. Lewiston was able to kill the penalty. Lucas LaBelle would go to the sin bin at the 7:55 mark. 63 seconds later, Kesley Tessier would get his eighth of the season. With 9:58 remaining, Dmitri Kugryshev would make it 4-2. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Marc-Olivier Vallerand tallied the assists.

Quebec had rushes and had chances. Dmitri Kugryshev caught the puck at neutral ice and went al alone in the zone. He found the back of the net with 47 seconds remaining. Samuel Groulx and Marc-Olivier Vallerand grabbed the assists.

Peter Delmas made 24 saves on 29 shots. Jonathan Roy turned away 22 shots on 24 chances. Lewiston was 1 for 4 with the man advantage. The Remparts were 2 for 4 on the powerplay. The three stars were:

3. Kesley Tessier (Quebec)

2. Marc-Olivier Vallerand (Quebec)

1. Dmitri Kugryshev (Quebec)

Notes: Patrick Cusack didn’t play in the third after blocking a shot that broke his skate. Ed Harding won’t know until the morning on what his status will be. Michael Chaput will be out at least 7-10 days from the injury he suffered Tuesday against Rimouski.

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