Maine Hockey Journal

Quebec Sweeps the Season Series

Quebec City, QC– For the fourth time this season, the Quebec Remparts defeated the Lewiston Maineiacs. This time the final was 4-2. It wasn’t because of the lack of effort for the Maineiacs as they played a solid game. Mikhail Stefanovich led the way with two goals for the Remparts. Danick Paquette and Billy Lacasse were the goal scorers for Lewiston.

The story of the game for Lewiston was free agent signee Adrien Lemay. The Quebec City native made 24 saves on 28 shots. He previously played for the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). Jonathan Roy continues his tear against the Maineiacs as he made 16 saves.

It was a back and forth period. Eric Gelinas would go to the sin bin at the 6:53 mark. The Remparts wouldn’t get anything going. The Lewiston Maineiacs had their own powerplay when Marc-Olivier Vallerand went to the sin bin with 9:22 remaining.

The story of the first period was the Maineiacs new goaltender Adrien Lamay was outstanding. He made two big saves by stacking the pads. Jonathan Roy got the start for his father’s Remparts. He also had a great period. He stopped a couple of flurries from the Maineiacs’ forwards.

The Remparts came out flying in the middle frame. They had a few chances within the first minute. Pierre-Olivier Morin had a great chance when received a pass in the slot. He shot it wide. Vallerand had a great chance to get Quebec on the board but Lemay made another save. Yannick Reiber would go to the penalty box at the 4:42 mark.

The Maineiacs had a great chance on the powerplay but Roy the save. They were able to get the powerplay set up for one final rush with 10 seconds remaining with the man advantage. Sean Stagles would sit for two minutes 7:41 into the stanza. Lewiston would shutdown Quebec.

Danick Paquette would go to the box when he ran into Jonathan Roy after Roy was able to cover the puck up. The penalty came with 8:03 remaining. The Remparts would capitalize when Marc-Olivier Vallerand snapped one past Lemay’s glove with 7:11 remaining in the middle frame. Jonathan Audy-Marchessaul and Guillaume Monast got the assists.

Lewiston went on the powerplay minutes later. Benjamin Martin would go off with 6:31 left in the middle frame. The Remparts had a short handed chance but Lewiston was able to get back on defense. Guillaume Monast would join Martin when he went off with six minutes to go.

Danick Paquette would redeem himself as he flicked one past Roy just under the five minute mark. Alexander Beaton and Eric Gelinas got credit with the assists. The Maineiacs still had powerplay time remaining. They couldn’t get a second tally.

The Remparts thought they made it 2-1 twice. David Gilbert rang one off the post and seconds later Adrien Lemay made a point blank save on Mikhail Stefanovich. Quebec would control the play early in the third. Samuel Finn would slam a Rempart player into the side boards. It led to a scoring chance for Marc Bourgeois.

Mikhail Stefanovich would get his 19th of the season 6:45 into the period. Jean-Simon Allard, the Buffalo Sabres prospect got the lone assist. Hubert Genest would give the Remparts a two goal lead 1:45 later. Jonathan Audy-Marchessaul and Sébastien Trudeau set the goal up.

The Maineiacs would get back within one while short handed. Danick Paquette would go off at the 9:07 mark. Billy Lacasse would find the top shelf with 9:24 remaining. Patrick Cusack and Adrien Lemay would get the helpers.

Lemay would make a mistake when he let a soft shot from Mikhail Stefanovich to find its way past the goal line. Hubert Genest got his second point of the net. There was a scrum after a whistle. Eric Gelinas and Dany Coulombe would go to the box for Lewiston. Jonathan Audy-Marchessaul and Marc-Olivier Vallerand would go to the box for the Remparts. All penalties came with 5:18 remaining.

The Maineiacs pulled the goalie late but couldn’t convert.

Notes: Marc-Andre L’Héreault also made his debut for the Maineiacs. The 17-year-old replaced Maxime Gratchev who was serving a one game suspension for his spearing call on Tuesday night. L’Héreault will return to Midget AAA. Matt Bourdeau missed the game with an upper body injury.

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