Maine Hockey Journal

Lewiston had no gas from the start

Lewiston, ME– Maineiacs struggled from the very beginning in the 6-2 loss to the Baie Comeau Drakkar.

“It wasn’t the sixty minutes we were looking for,” says Lewiston head coach Don MacAdam. “I would never guess after the week we had and the way we felt the team was coming together. It’s almost shocking.

The Drakkar converted on two Maineiacs mistakes in the first period. Mike Villenueve would break the ice just shy of the eleven minute mark. Assists went to Guillame Langerlier-Parent and Pierre-Luc Lessard. The play developed in there own zone as Lewiston had trouble setting up.

“Every time we had trouble last few years here, it’s because of a bad start,” says Baie-Comeau’s head coach Éric Dubois. “We wanted to make sure we knew we were in the game.” If they (Lewiston) wanted to collect points, they had to work really hard to do it.”

“Four of the six goals were scored with the guy in front of the net and defensemen standing besides him,” said MacAdam.

With 5:39 left in the stanza, Stephane Michaud found the top shelf off a rebound. Marc-Oliver Minard initially shot the biscuit.

Baie Comeau continued to light the lamp in the second. Parent would get his second of the night 1:43 into the period. He snapped one past Adrien Lemay.

The Maineiacs would get on the board when Marc Bourgeois put home a Denis Reul blast that hit the end boards right to Bourgeois. The tally came at the 3:13 into the second.

Just over the seven minute mark of the period, Guillame Goulet found the back of the cage. Roman Malink and Stephane Michaud set the tally up.

“They (Lewiston) had a great start to the second as well,” says Dubois. “That fourth goal was big for us.”

“Two guys had opportunities each to bury empty netters,” said MacAdam.

Pierre-Luc Lessard would end Lemay’s night early at the 10:06 mark when he blasted one from the top of the blue line. Peter Delmas took over for Lemay. Lemay made 14 saves on the night.

“In Adrien’s defense, the guys weren’t challenged, tied up, they weren’t hit in front of the net, the Baie-Comeau players had chances to shoot,” MacAdam said. “I don’t fault Adrien at all.”

Bourgeois would get his second tally of the night as he fired one from the slot that sneaked through Nathan Durnett’s five hole. Samuel Finn got the lone helper at the 12:39 mark of the second frame.

“He and Nick Huard I thought had pretty good nights,” says MacAdam

The only goal in the third came off the stick of Roman Melink at the 13:30 mark of the stanza. Michaud and Marc-Olivier Mimar set up the goal. The puck was pushed in by a Lewiston player.

Francois Lacorte took over for Dunnett in the third after Dunnett took a puck to the nose in the first. “I didn’t want to take any chances with Nathan,” says Dubois. Lacorte turned aside all seven shots he faced in the third. Dunnett made 17 saves to pick up the victory.

Lewiston closes out the regular season at home Sunday against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

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