Maine Hockey Journal

Slow start finally catches up with Maineiacs

Bathurst, NB – The cardiac kids came up short on Friday night.

The Lewiston Maineiacs come back attempt fell short as they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in front of 1,618 at the Centre Régional K.C. Irving.

At one point, the Maineiacs were down 4-0.

Photo by Ron Morin

Photo by Ron Morin

“We didn’t play well in the first half of the game,” said Maineiacs’ head coach Don MacAdam. “Halfway through the game we only had eight shots on net.”

Derek Famulare showed his offensive skills on the penalty kill, scoring a shorthanded goal for the second time this season. The goal came at the 3:12 mark of the first period due to miscommunication from the Maineiacs’ defense.

MacAdam said the goal was a house warming gift.

“It was a bad pass to begin with, and the other defenseman fell down on the play. It was certainly a freebie for Bathurst.”

The Titan made it 2-0 at 5:03 of first period when Olivier Dame-Malka found the back of the net, beating Maineiacs goalie Adrien Lemay.

With 3:59 remaining in the first period, the Maineiacs failed to clear the puck after Lemay made the initial save, leaving forward Taylor Lambke with a wide open net and the easy goal.

Acadie-Bathurst ended the night for Lemay, in favor of Jordan Kennedy, just four minutes into the second period when Rémi Blanchard extended their lead to 4-0.

It was Kennedy’s first QMJHL action of his career.

“We did a very poor job protecting Adrien in front of the net,” MacAdam said. “Lemay played very well, it was an opportunity to get (Jordan) Kennedy into the game. He played very well, our goaltending was fine tonight.”

“Our performance in front of the goaltender wasn’t good enough.”

Michael Chaput stopped the bleeding with .8 seconds left in the second period while on the power play.

It was the start of a comeback by the Maineiacs as JF Plante recorded his first career QMJHL goal with 8:03 left in the game.

Less than a minute later, Alexis Piette continued the push for the young, yet brash, Maineiacs as Billy Lacasse and Sebastien Trudeau were credited with assists on the play.
“It was (Francis) Beauvillier, (Samuel) Henley, and Plante that got us back in the game,” stated MacAdam. “Plante scored a nice goal, it was a very good shot on goal, and he made some things happen.”

Adrien Lemay made 12 saves on 16 shots in taking the loss, while Jordan Kennedy stopped all 21 shots he faced. Nicolas Champion turned aside 28 shots in the victory.

Lewiston was 1-for-7 on the powerplay, while Acadie-Bathurst was 0-for-7 with the man advantage.

NOTES: The Maineiacs will be without defenseman Samuel Finn for at least the weekend as he continues to show symptoms of a concussion, he suffered last weekend.

“We think it was an elbow he took midway through the game against Quebec,” said MacAdam.

What should be good news for Lewiston is the return of Eric Gelinas, who should be in the lineup on Saturday against the Moncton Wildcats. Gelinas missed the last two games as a result of a suspension that was handed down by the QMJHL.

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