Maine Hockey Journal

Shawinigan shuts down the Maineiacs, 3-0

After a strong five-goal effort on Wednesday, the Lewiston Maineiacs laid an egg in a 3-0 loss to the Shawinigan Cataractes on Thursday night. 18-year old Gabriel Girard stopped all 35 shots in front of 2,605 at the Bionest Centre.

“Our special teams hurt us tonight, no question,” said Lewiston head coach Don MacAdam. “We weren’t very good on our powerplay and we were worse on our penalty kill.”

Shawinigan got a lucky bounce to start the game. Maxime Legault, who began the season with the Portland Pirates, deflected the puck past Maineiacs goaltender Adrian Lemay 65 seconds into the contest. Pierre-Alexandre Vandall lofted the initial shot towards the net and Michael Claffey picked up the secondary assist.

“It was a little fluky but we didn’t clear the rebounds,” MacAdam stated.

Lewiston headed to the powerplay with 4:49 to play in the period.

Lemay held down the fort for the remainder of the period, making twelve saves through 20 minutes. Shawinigan goalie Gabriel Girard stopped all 11 shots he faced in the period.

The Maineiacs went down a man for the first time in nearly five periods at the 8:04 mark of the second. It took 19 seconds for Charles Olivier-Roussel to tally his third of the season. Dave Labrecque and Claffey were credited with the assists.

MacAdam thought his team didn’t tighten up at key points in the contest.

“I don’t know if it was rust, we knew exactly what they were going to do on the powerplay and we didn’t defend it very well.”

Lewiston’s struggles on the power play continued as they failed to convert on three opportunities in the middle frame. Their first chance came just 18 seconds after Roussel’s goal, the second opportunity came with 6:16 remaining. Lewiston’s third power play chance extended into the final period where the drought continued.

“Our forwards at the moment aren’t going to the front of the net,” MacAdam said. “We need presence in front of the net and we don’t have it on our powerplay right now. Their goalie played fine tonight, but he saw every shot.”

Nicolas Larocque-Marcoux extended the Catarctes lead to 3-0 on the powerplay, 2:22 into the final frame. Maxime Legault recorded his second point (1g, 1a) of the night.

Adrian Lemay ended up making 37 saves in the losing effort while Lewiston went 0-for-7 on the man advantage for the second consecutive night. Shawinigan was 2-for-4 on the powerplay.

Notes: Billy Lacasse missed his second straight game with a leg injury. With the lack of healthy forwards, the team called up Steeven Jacques. He will be returned to Laval of the
Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League where he has ten goals and eleven assists in 18 games.

“He played very well, he actually outplayed some of our guys,” MacAdam mentioned of the 18-year old who spent all of last year with the Maineiacs.

Sam Finn missed the game as he severed a one game suspension for taking the helmet off Pier-Antoine Dion during a fight on Wednesday night.

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