Maine Hockey Journal

Victoriaville hands Lewiston a lopsided loss

Last night, in QMJHL action, the Lewiston Maineiacs didn’t have a very good night against the Victoriaville Tigres, giving up seven goals in a 7-0 loss in front of 2,134 at the Colisee Desjardins.

Victoriaville jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals form Andrej Nestrasil and Maxime Robichaud.

Photo by Ron Morin

Photo by Ron Morin

Nestrasil notched his team leading sixth goal only 3:53 into the contest to give the Tigres an early 1-0 lead. Travis McIsaac picked up the lone assist on the play.

With 1:30 remaining in the period, Robichaud fired a shot from the point, beating Maineiacs goalie Adrien Lemay with a on the power play goal.

“Our forwards really had a terrible night,” Maineiacs head coach Don MacAdam said after the game. “Our defense was a little bit better but not much. As usual, (Adrien) Lemay was outstanding but he was alone for most of the time.”

Things didn’t get any better in the second period for the Maineiacs. Just 27 seconds into the period, Joël Chouinard scored his second goal of the season, giving the Tigres a 3-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later, Olivier Hinse, beat Lemay for his second goal of the season as Victoriaville extended their lead to 4-0.

“We take a lot of pride on how we start periods, the first five minutes in each period and the last five minutes,” MacAdam stated. “We put a lot of emphasis on them. We didn’t start the period very well, we didn’t play well in the middle, and we didn’t certainly finish well.”

MacAdam had the option of pulling Lemay in favor of Jordan Kennedy, but Lemay didn’t want to leave his post.

“He (Lemay) didn’t want to come out. The good news there it allows us to start Kennedy fresh as opposed bringing him in and coming back with him (on Friday night).”

At 10:07, Yanni Gourde scored his first goal of the season when he lifted the puck over Lemay as the Tigres built a commanding 5-0 lead, but they finished as 1:03 later, Keven Dupont added his first goal of the season as Victoriaville skated to the locker room with a 6-0 lead after 40 minutes of the play.

In the third period, Joel Chouinard scored his second goal of the night with 8:15 remaining in the game.

Tigres’ goalie Kevin Poulin made 21 saves for his first shutout of the season, while Lemay stopped 39 of 46 shots in the loss. Lewiston was 0-for-7 with the man advantage while the Tigres went 1-for-7.

NOTES: The Maineiacs travel to Shawinigan on Friday to face the Cataractes… There was a rumor swirling this week the team would send utility player Marco Desveaux to Junior A, but MacAdam quickly dismissed any notion of sending down Desveaux.

“It’s certainly news to us, it’s a rumor. We have no plans to move Desveaux.”

Desveaux and Maineiacs’ defenseman Eric Bonawitz are expected to return to the line-up Friday night.

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