Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs recover from early deficit

Lewiston, ME – They are not your 2008-2009 Lewiston Maineiacs; they are the 2009-2010 edition.

Down 3-0 late in the first, the Maineiacs defeated the Drummondville Voltigeurs 5-4 in a shootout before 1,550 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Thursday night.

“As I told the team, I was excited with the way we played, but I wasn’t surprised,” said Lewiston Maineiacs Head Coach Don MacAdam.

Alexander Beaton made an unbelievable move for the game winning shootout goal.

“You practice it a few times against (Adrien) Lemay, it must be a pretty good move,” he said.

It wasn’t the start the Maineiacs were looking for. After a turnover in their offensive zone, Marc-Olivier Vachon potted his eighth goal of the season at the 1:14 mark of the season on a 2-on-1.

Just shy of the six minute mark, Eric Gelinas received a five minute major and game misconduct for slashing.

With both teams skating four-on-four, the Voltigeurs made it 2-0 when Marc-Antoine Desnoyers notched his third goal of the season at 7:15 of the first period.

Drummondville extended their lead to 3-0 after Maineiacs’ goalie Adrien Lemay was called for roughing at 11:47 of the period. The goal came with 35 seconds remaining in the powerplay as Jonathan Brunelle recorded his first of the season.

With 20 seconds left in the period, Lewiston finally got on the board after Pier-Olivier Morin snipped the top corner, beating Drummondville goalie Antoine Tardif. Etienne Brodeur and Samuel Finn were given credit with the assists on the play.

“Because our dressing room wasn’t very good,” said MacAdam. “That turned it around for us. Plus, it was a heck of a goal; it was a hard working and great effort goal. As typical for us, our goals aren’t a one man show.”

Lewiston didn’t doubt their ability after they dug themselves a hole.

“It’s the attitude, it’s the leaders, it’s everything,” said Beaton. “When we went in the room down, 3-1, everyone believed we would comeback.”

The comeback continued for the Maineiacs. Sébastien Trudeau got Lewiston within one when he deflected an Alexis Piette’s pass into the open cage at the 8:21of the second period.

Lewiston tied the game, 3-3, with 2:25 to play in the second after Etienne Brodeur streaked down the ice, firing a wrist shot by Tardif.

Billy Lacasse gave the Maineiacs their first lead at 1:16 of the third period.

It was a lead, that wasn’t held for any length of time by Lewiston. Just a little over three minutes later Lefebvre notched his first goal of the season on the powerplay as Sean Couturier set the play with a pass from the point.

“It didn’t take long for the guys to regroup,” said MacAdam. “By the time the puck was dropped, we were ready to go again. Last year, just open the flood gates, the pucks were going to go in.”

Lewiston was 1-for-7 on the powerplay, while Drummondville went 2-for-5 on the night.

Adrien Lemay played another strong game, making 34 saves, while Antoine Tardif stopped 23 shot, taking the loss.

NOTES: With the match penalty handed to Maineiacs defenseman Eric Gelinas, he automatically gets one game suspension.

“It’s too bad, we could really use him,” said MacAdam. “We need to get Eric back on track and playing like he was playing in training camp.”

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