Maine Hockey Journal

A tough loss for Lewiston

Lewiston, ME– The effort was there, the result wasn’t. The Lewiston Maineiacs fell to the Shawinigan Cataractes 4-2 in the Sunday matinee at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

“We well enough to win,” says Lewiston’s head coach Don MacAdam. “Our penalty killing was very good against the best powerplay in the league.”

The Maineiacs stopped all five powerplay chances that the Cataractes had in the game. Lewiston went scoreless on their four chances.

The Maineiacs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over the fifth ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League, the Shawinigan Cataractes. Maxime Gratchev fired one below Gabriel Girard’s blocker. Billy Lacasse and Etienne Brodeur set the tally up.

“Some guys were obviously slow to pick up,” said Shawinigan’s head coach Eric Veilleux. “They (Maineiacs) came out flying and shooting pucks from everywhere like Drummondville.”

Goals came quick in the second. Tommy Dery would notch his second of the as he snapped one by Girard. Steeven Jacques and Danick Paquette set the tally up at the 2:33 mark of the second. 40 ticks later Simon Lacroix got his eleventh goal of the season. Michael Bournival and Dominik Schlumpf recorded assists.

“We just played okay, I am not too pleased with our effort today,” says Veilleux.

“We wanted a great shift after a goal and we didn’t have that,” MacAdam said. “It’s not the age group her but the same any level I have coached at, you score a goal and you relax. The other team gets a goal and yours don’t count as much.”

Shawinigan would get a lucky break as Adrien Lemay couldn’t hold onto the puck . The puck grazed off of his glove into the cage. Maxime Legault got credit for the tally at the 8:13 mark. Charles Olivier-Russell was rewarded with the only assist.

Nicholas Petersen would get the go ahead marker at the 9:37 into the third. Lacroix fired the puck off the back boards to Petersen. Petersen waited for Lemay to make the first move and lit the lamp. Pierre-Alexandre Vandall got the secondary assist.

“We have done that a couple of times,” said MacAdam. “Like last Sunday in Montreal, we had a couple of minutes where they had three goals against. It’s a mental thing. Teams get goals on you, suck it up and play better.”

Legault would send the fans home with an empty netter. Assists went to Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and Alex Grant.

Arien Lemay made 31 saves in the losing effort and Gabriel Girard turned aside 34 shots in his 22nd victory.

“He’s been good all year and we are pleased with his work,” said Veilleux on his back up netminder.

Lewiston plays the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Friday night at 7pm. Sunday they host the Chicoutimi Sagueneens which possibly could be Lewiston’s final regular season home game.

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