Maine Hockey Journal

The sweep is complete

Lewiston, ME– There was no stopping the Drummondville powerplay. They scored five times on six chances in the 9-3 victory to sweep the Lewiston Maineiacs.

“Their powerplay is extremely good,” says Maineiacs head coach Don MacAdam. “Our powerplay wasn’t very good to match it. If we took one thing way, they might be scoring another way, anyway. It’s the same powerplay that Team Canada used at the World Juniors, Guy (Boucher) did it.

“The kids were hungry,” says Drummondville’s head coach Guy Boucher. “There’s a lot of character in that (locker) room. It’s never enough and it’s non-stop. Even in the third players are still shooting and still crashing the net.”

Mike Hoffman put on a show in the first period. He scored on the powerplay 3:49 into the contest. Yannick Riendeau and Dmitry Kulikov set the marker up. Hoffman would score on a 4 on 3 powerplay at the 6:50 mark as Eric Gelinas in the box. Kulikov and Dany Masse set the marker up. With 6:03 remaining in the stanza, he would complete the hat trick as Patrik Prokop and Riendeau donated to the cause.

Dany Masse made it 4-0 nineteen seconds later. Gabriel Dumont got the lone assist. A minute later, with 5:15 remaining in the period, Riendeau ended Peter Delmas’ night. The helpers went to Marc-Antoine Desnoyers and Ryan McKiernan.

Philippe Lefebvre made it 6-0 heading into the first intermission. Assists were credited to Benoit Levesque and Philippe Bergeron. The tally came with 1:33 to play.

Lewiston came out strong in the second period. Dominic Savoie tipped in an Eric Gelinas shot 59 seconds into the second act. Patrick Cusack got the secondary assist on the powerplay. Marc Bourgeois would knock home a rebound at the 4:55 mark.

“I was really impressed how our players never quit,” says MacAdam. “You always find out something about players after the game is played.”

“I would say it was general (relapse),” says Boucher on the start of the second period. “We started to stickhandle a little bit in the defensive zone and made the extra pass that I really don’t like.

Drummondville would wake up when Yannick Riendeau made it 7-2 on the man advantage at the 8:29 mark. The goal was set up by Dany Masse and Dmitry Kulikov. They got another goal on the powerplay when Chris DiDomenico found the back of the net at the 10:15 mark. Assists went to Riendeau and Kulikov.

Tommy Dery got Lewiston’s third goal while shorthanded with 6:15 to play in the frame. Steeven Jacques and Patrick Cusack set the play. While Denis Reul was still in the sin bin, DiDomenico would get the Voltigeurs third powerplay goal of the stanza. Mike Hoffman and Yannick Riendeau continued to add to their point total.

“It seemed to me the fans appreciated how hard the players worked tonight,” MacAdman said.

Adrien Lemay made 38 saves on 42 chances in the relief effort. Peter Delmas stopped 11 shots. Antoine Tardif saw his first action of the series and made 23 saves.

The Voltigeurs were 5/6 on the man advantage and 22 for 45 for the series. Lewiston was 1 for 2 on the night and 6 for 21 for the series.

Danick Paquette was suspended for the game for last night’s actions. It’s appears the suspension will go into next season.

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