Maine Hockey Journal

Lewiston defeats Drummondville in a shootout

Lewiston, ME – Zach Shannon was the sixth and final shooter for the Maineiacs in the shootout and he did not disappoint. His shot would send the fans home happy with a 4-3 victory over the Drummondville Voltigeurs before 672 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

“We were far more consistent (tonight),” said Maineiacs Head Coach Don MacAdam. “We had a stronger line-up, no question.”

Lewiston_MaineiacsDrummondville struck first 37 seconds into the game on a goal by Ryan McKiernan. The score would remain unchanged until Lewiston responded at 4:55 of the second period as Stefan Fournier threaded the puck into the net to tie the game at 1-1.

“He (Stefan Fournier) played hard, he was tired from last night,” said MacAdam. “Stefan Fournier has great hands. I mean that first goal, he had nowhere to go but up. I don’t how that puck went in. That was a great shot.”

Drummondville took a 2-1 lead later in the second period but the lead would be short lived. Sebastian Trudeau knocked in a rebound to tie the game at two. The see-saw battle continued when Sean Couturier scored late in the second, giving the Volts a 3-2 lead at the intermission.

Lewiston countered at 10:49 of the third period as Stefan Fournier tallied his second goal of the afternoon to tie the game at three goals apiece. The Maineiacs penalty kill would do its job after Riku Dufva was called for a slew foot in the closing minutes of regulation to force the overtime shootout.

“He was far more reckless and far more abandon throughout the week in practice,” MacAdam said. “He almost cleaned me out one day in practice. That’s going to be his style. Finns are notorious for that, they play hard and they play a wild game. That’s a good thing.”

Alexis Piette and Zach Shannon scored in the shootout to give Lewiston the 4-3 win.

“I thought Shannon had a very good game,” MacAdam said. “He’s really smart with the puck.”

Jordan Kennedy started the game in the net for Lewiston and allowed one goal on seventeen shots.

“He (Kennedy) looked far different, said MacAdam. The reason why we wanted to start him was simply ‘okay, you were so nervous yesterday, are you over that?’ (We were) kidding with him.”

Adrien Lemay, the other Lewiston goaltender, played the next two periods and stopped eighteen of the twenty shots faced, including five of six shots in the shootout, to pick up the win.

The Maineiacs head up to Shawinigan Friday night to face the Cataractes at 7:30pm. The teams then return to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee when they play Sunday at 4pm.

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