Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs open the pre-season with a loss

Drummondville, QC – With new faces in the line-up for Drummondville, they still continue to terrorize on the powerplay. The Voltigeurs scored five times with the man advantage in the 8-2 victory over the Lewiston Maineiacs.

“We had two rookie goaltenders,” said Maineiacs Head Coach Don MacAdam. There were a couple of goals which both (Jordan Kennedy and Tyler Piercy) of them would like to have back.”

The Voltigeurs welcomed Jordan Kennedy into the league by putting up three goals within the first six minutes of the period. Two goals were via the powerplay as Jean-Christophe Lirette tallied the first powerplay goal at the 2:27 mark after Kennedy got called for playing the puck outside the trapezoid. Christophe Rondeau was credited the lone assist.

“He (Kennedy) had never played with the trapezoid before,” said MacAdam. “It was a new crease and trapezoid for both Kennedy and Piercy. That’s an adjustment both have to make.”

Piercy took over at the 9:47 mark of the second period.

At the four minute mark, Alexandre Comtois scored an even strength goal as 1:04 later with the man advantage; Jonathan Brunelle made it 3-0.

Benjamin Larabie and Antoine Nadeau were credited with the assists.

Maineiacslogo - 772x772 “He (Kennedy) was obviously playing nervous and we understand that,” MacAdam said.

“Tonight was a big night for him. It was his first Q-action against real competition. His play in the second period was solid.”

Maineiacs finally scored late in the second with their own powerplay goal. Steeven Jacques potted the goal with 3:56 remaining as Alexander Beaton and Simon Bissonnette set the goal up.

The Voltigeurs powerplay would score three more goals in the third.

Maxime Frenette added the first man advantage goal of the stanza at the 4:26 mark. Comtois and Lirette grabbed their second points of the match. Marc-Antoine Desnoyers scored an even strength goal with 13:58 remaining. Lirette and Sébastien Payette set up the play.

Comtois made it 6-1 with his second of the game on the powerplay just 7:42 into the third period before Jonathan Oligny gave the Voltigeurs their third powerplay goal of the period just before the 10:30 mark.

Stefan Fournier gave the Maineiacs their second goal of the game with a powerplay goal with 8:11 remaining.

“Fournier got much strong as the game went on,” said MacAdam. “He had a tremendous goal in the third period. It was a great individual effort.”

Lirette scored his second goal of the game with 3:20 left in third period. Comtois, with the assist, was credited with his fourth point of the game.

Notes: Sunday’s game with Drummondville will have a whole different lineup for the game in Lewiston. Coach MacAdam confirmed Adrien Lemay will play, along with Eric Gelinas, Billy Lacasse, and Alexis Piette.

The team still hasn’t decided who will be the second goaltender for the contest.

“We will make that decision in the morning,” MacAdam said.

The puck drops at 4pm. The Maine Hockey Journal will have a live chat beginning at 3:30pm.

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