Maine Hockey Journal

Lewiston is on the brink of elimination

Lewiston, ME– The day isn’t a total loss. The Maineiacs are one game from being eliminated from the QMJHL playoffs; as Drummondville came away with a 7-2 victory. Before the game, Don MacAdam announced in a video message, the Lewiston Maineiacs are calling the Androscoggin Bank Colisee home to the 1,750 fans in attendance.

The Maineiacs will announce that an aggressive three year business plan is being developed to make the team financially viable, and firmly plant the franchise in Lewiston for many years to come. The plan is based on reconnecting with the business community, more team community involvement, front office reconstruction, and a strong connection with the Lewiston and Auburn youth hockey associations.

As for the game, Yannick Riendeau had a hat trick for the Voltigeurs. He broke the ice just before four minute mark of the first stanza on the powerplay. Mike Hoffman and Dany Masse got credited with the assists.

Lewiston would take the 2-1 lead after Billy Lacasse tied it at the 8:29 mark on the powerplay. Samuel Finn and Etienne Brodeur set the marker up. Maxime Gratchev would give the Maineiacs the lead with 9:46 to play. Brodeur and Lacasse set the goal up.

The Voltigeurs would head to the locker room with the 3-2 lead when Hoffman got his seventh of the series from Olivier Hotte. With 54 seconds left in the stanza, Riendeau got his second goal on the powerplay. Dmitry Kulikov and Christopher DiDomenico grabbed the helpers.

Hotte got his first of the series on an unassisted effort with 12:02 to play in the middle frame. Riendeau completed the hat trick with 8:36 in the stanza. Masse and DiDomenico got their second assists.

Mike Hoffman would get his second of the game 66 seconds into the third. Riendeau and Dany Masse recorded the assists. Patrik Prokop got his first of the playoffs from Chris DiDomenico with 3:36 to play.

Danick Paquette was shown the door with three seconds left to play along with Olivier Hotte.

Marco Cousineau made 12 stops in the victory. Adrien Lemay made 50 saves in the losing effort. Drummondville was 5 for 17 on the man advantage and Lewiston was 1 for 7.

Game four is Wednesday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

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