Maine Hockey Journal

Lemay’s solid play gives Maineiacs opening night win

Chicoutimi, QC – The Lewiston Maineiacs started their season on the road, and Adrien Lemay made they got off to a good start, as the Maineiacs held on for a 2-1 shootout victory against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Friday night.

The 20-year old netminder made 32 stops in the 65 minutes of action, including 28 saves in the final two periods and the overtime session.

Adrien Lemay “It was classic Adrien Lemay,” said Maineiacs’ Head Coach Don MacAdam.

During the overtime session, while Maineiacs’ forward Pierre-Olivier Morin was in the penalty box, serving a double-minor, Lemay stood on his head to give the Maineiacs a chance at earning the extra point.

“The players knew how hard Morin played all night, MacAdam said. “They knew he didn’t deserve the penalty, and they got it done.”

Alexander Beaton got the go ahead goal in the shootout.

The veteran line of Billy Lacasse, Morin and Beaton started the scoring started for the Maineiacs at 4:12 of the first period when Lacasse beat Robin Gusse.

“They will be leading us,” MacAdam said on the Lacasse-Beaton-Morin line. “They won’t be the key as much as the leaders. We expect offense from all our lines. That line should be a top line in the league.”

Chicoutimi Sagueneens got the goal back when Michael Hlinka fired one past Lemay at the 10:15 of the first period.

“Adrien didn’t have a chance on the shot,” said MacAdam.

That would be the only scoring in regulation as Lemay needed to stand tall in goal as the Maineiacs found themselves in penalty trouble in the second period.

“We didn’t take good penalties in that (second) period,” MacAdam said. “Credit to our guys, as you know, good penalties are easy to kill off.”

In the third, Lewiston did a better job of staying out of the penalty box, but their offense chance dried up as they were held to only five shots in the third period and overtime combined.

Chicoutimi’s netminder Gusse made 23 saves in the losing effort, despite not seeing much action in the final 25 minutes of the game.

Lewiston was 0-for-4 on the powerplay, while Chicoutimi went 0-for-9 on the man advantage.

“One of our goals all year is to play solid team defense,” MacAdam stated. “Tonight was a good example of that.”

Lewiston travels to Quebec to face the Remparts for a 2pm tilt on Sunday afternoon.

“We got to far more discipline then we were tonight,” said MacAdam. “We need to play another solid road game, with patience and dominance on the special teams.”

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