Maine Hockey Journal

The powerplay lifts Moncton to victory

Lewiston, ME– Moncton took advantage of Lewiston miscues in the second period to take the match 3-1.

“When we made that hiccup on the PK (penalty kill) and we paid the price for it,” said Lewiston Maineiacs Head Coach Don MacAdam. “If we played 5 on 5 on them we would have been okay against them.”

“They got a real good physical team,” say Danny Flynn Moncton’s Head Coach. “For a while they had on our heals.”

Max Gratchev would go to the sin bin with 6:45 seconds left in the second stanza for a five minute cross checking call. 16 seconds into the powerplay, Tomy Joly notched his 28th of the season. Jodain and Savard each picked up their second assists.

The Wildcats would go on the 5 on 3 powerplay after penalties were called on both teams. Moncton would make it 3-1 when Scott Brannon found a hole between the post and Adrien Lemay’s pads. Brandon Gormley and Tomy Joly set the goal up.

“We lose your biggest scoring threat, one of the two guys gifted offensively, now you only have half of your offense, it’s going to hurt,” says MacAdam. The way we battled, I thought it was impressive.”

Danick Paquette got the Maineiacs on the board first 1:16 into the contest. It deflected off Nicola Riopel’s blocker. The helpers went to Pierre-Olivier Morin and Alexander Beaton.

After rookie forward, Etienne Brodeur got called for checking behind, the Moncton powerplay went to work. David Savard got credit for his seventh of the season when the puck trickled off the back of Lemay’s leg. Matthew Bissonnette and Simon Jodain touched the puck before it went into the net.

“I thought we out played them in the first period,” said MacAdam. “Other then special teams situations, I was pleased

The Maineiacs had eleven shots on net in the first but only mustered up six the rest of the way. “They put a lot of pressure all the time,” said MacAdam. “They are a well coached time.”

“We got out of our own end a little better,” said Flynn on their play in the second period.
Adrien Lemay made 34 saves in the losing cause.

“Our goaltending been real good period. Adrien had to carry the load. We have been overworking.” MacAdam said.

Nicola Riopel was one fluke goal from recording his sixth shutout of the season. “I didn’t think he was on his game for the first half of the game,” says MacAdam. “Then we weren’t getting the puck to the net liked we hoped to do.

Nicola Riopel made 17 saves in the victory.

“He has had a terrific year,” said Flynn. “He has not let many of those in. He has saved our bacon more then one time.”

Notes: Marc-Andre L’Héreault made his second appearance on the season. Eric Gelinas sat out tonight’s game after being injured by Ashton Bernard in Friday night’ game against Shawinigan. MacAdam believes he could be back this weekend.

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