Maine Hockey Journal

Lewiston lets one get away

Lewiston, ME– With seven minutes remaining, it looked like Lewiston would come away with the victory leading 5-2. Then the wheels fell off. The Val d’Or Foreurs scored three goals just under two minutes. Val d’Or would go away with the 6-5 shootout victory.

“If there’s no embarrassment mixed into the disappointment, then we are misreading the situation,” said Maineiacs head coach Don MacAdam after the game.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” said Val d’Or Head Coach Eric Lavigne.

There was a matching minor call at the 8:41 mark. Matt Bourdeau and Raphael Neiderer went off for roughing. At the 10:09 mark, Billy Lacasse found the back of the net with a backhander. Maxime Gratchev and Patrick Cusack picked up the assists.

At the end of the first stanza, Adrien Lemay made a key save to keep the game 1-0 heading to the dressing room.

It didn’t take long for the Foreurs to tie the game in second. 46 seconds into the second, Jonathan Hazen received a pass from Maxime Sauvé. Shawn Morton-Boutin got the secondary assist. Right off the face off Samuel Finn and Christian Morin dropped the mitts. Finn got the take down.

The Maineiacs would take a penalty when Pierre Olivier Morin was called for checking from behind at the 3:21 mark. The infraction took place in the offensive zone. Nick Huard had a shortanded breakaway but his stick was slashed by Matthew Lachaine at the 4:43 mark. Eight seconds later, Shawn Morton-Boutin was called for holding.

Lewiston had two great chances on the man advantage but couldn’t convert.

Lewiston would retake the lead 9:37 into the stanza when Tommy Dery crashed the net and potted his first in the QMJHL.

Lemay was the beneficiary of a quick whistle when he wasn’t able to keep the puck in his pads but the referee blew the whistle as the Foreurs were about to put it into the net. Danick Paquette would go to the sin bin with 5:49 remaining.

It didn’t take long for Val d’Or to capitalize. Samuel Morneau knocked in his 17th of the season with 5:30 left in the middle frame. Marco Scandella and François Gauthier grabbed the helpers.

Dany Coulombe and Derek Famulare each got a delay of game penalty with 2:55 remaining. Maxime Gratchev showed off his creativity when he deked around Val d’Or’s defenders. He was hauled down by Raffaele D’Orso.

The Maineiacs made the Foreur’s goaltender pay as Garrett Clarke got the powerplay tally with 1:33 remaining. Pierre-Oliver Morin set the goal up. Finn would go to the sin bin with 61 seconds remaining.

The Maineiacs would on the man advantage when Gabriel Beaupré was called for tripping. 38 seconds into the powerplay, Billy Lacasse potted his second of the game. Gratchev fed him with the pass into the open cage. Etienne Brodeur picked up the secondary assist.

7:26 into the frame, Dany Coulombe was called for checking from behind. Gelinas was nailed with a high stick and he went down. Sasha Famin got four minutes for high sticking at the nine minute mark. Right off the draw, Max Gratchev would make it 5-2. It was a four on four goal. Billy Lacasse got credit with the assist.

With 10:04 remaining, Marco Scandella and Bourdeau went off for roughing. Val d’Or would come within two when Famin snapped one from the slot. Alex Noel got the only helper.

The Foreurs would get within one when Denis Reul deflected the puck out of the year. Alexandre Monahan passed it to Morneau who was sitting by the left post. The grazed off his stick and trickled into the net. The goal came with 6:07 remaining.

“We have a simple set of things that we like to do in every zone. When we did that we were fine,” said MacAdam.

The Foreurs finally dug themselves out when Keven Guérette-Charland lit the lamp with Matthew Lachaine getting the lone assist. The goal came with 5:09 to play.

“We completely went away from basic play as team with soft turnovers and bad penalties,” said MacAdam. “We made things harder for ourselves rather then making it easier.”

In the shootout, Matthew Lachaine got the game winner. Billy Lacasse got Lewiston’s only goal in the individual skill competition.

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