Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs send strong message to Chicoutimi

Lewiston, ME – Adrien Lemay made 35 saves as the Lewiston Maineiacs took full advantage of a tired Chicoutimi Sagueneens in a 7-1 victory in front of 1,619 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Sunday afternoon.

At 3:33 of the first period, the Maineiacs opening the scoring when Pier-Olivier Morin sent the puck on net, beating Sagueneens’ goalie Christopher Gibson when the puck slowly trickled between his legs.

Lewiston made it 2-0 when Sam Carrier drilled a shot from the high-slot, through a screen, beating Gibson at 10:05 of the period.

With Chicoutimi reeling, Michael Chaput extended the Maineiacs lead to 3-0 when split the defense with 5:10 left in the first period.

Chicoutimi played the night before in Quebec, winning, 4-3, in shootout before making the six-plus hour bus ride to Lewiston and it showed as the Maineiacs never stopped applying pressure.

“We felt like the (players) have learned how to practice,” said Maineiacs head coach Don MacAdam. “We practice at a high tempo, game tempo and when we do that we play our best hockey.”

Lewiston would make it 4-0 after 40 minutes of play as Alex Beaton scored at 15:33 of the second period, taking a pass from Etienne Brodeur, firing a quick shot over Gibson’s shoulder.

“We’re very proud of the character of this team,” said MacAdam. “This was a character win in so many ways.”

In the third period, Lewiston continued to pressure the Sagueneens into mistakes as Francis Beauvillier chipped a quick shot under the crossbar, off the faceoff, to take a 5-0 lead at 5:42 of the period.

With 10:20 left in the game, Chicoutimi snapped Adrien Lemay shutout bid as Steve Lebel his second of the season when a shot came off the boards behind Lemay to Lebel, who tapped the puck off the back of Lemay’s into the net.

Lewiston put the game far out of reach when Alex Piette scored a pair of goals only 2:09 apart, late in the third period.

Lewiston’s powerplay looked slightly more effective tonight, going 1-for-4, while the Sagueneens went 0-for-9 on the night.

“We have a lot a guys who are good PK players, but as we say all the time our best penalty killer is our goaltender and Adrien Lemay had another great game,” MacAdam said.

NOTES: The Maineiacs played with the services of defenseman Eric Gelinas, who was listed as a healthy scratch. Gelinas, just assigned to Lewiston by New Jersey, was late to practice as a result Don MacAdam sat the young defenseman.

“The rules are for everybody and it’s unfortunate,” said MacAdam. But, I’ve seen this before when a player was sent to the American Hockey League from NHL where there’s a little period of adjustment to where you’re at.”
“It’s not going to be an issue for us.”

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