Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs lose their third straight game

Jordan Kennedy played well enough to earn a win, making 40 saves, but a late game mistake by the Lewiston Maineiacs proved costly as the Victoriaville Tigres came away with a 4-3 victory in front of 1,819 at the Colisee Desjardins.

The loss extended the Maineiacs losing streak to three games, but head coach Don MacAdam wasn’t disappointed with his team’s effort.

“This one was one that we had a lot of guys playing hard,” said Maineiacs head coach Don MacAdam said.

Kennedy made only his second career start in the QMJHL, and played well enough to earn the victory.

“One of the things that gave us a chance to win all night long was the goaltending of (Jordan) Kennedy,” MacAdam mentioned. “I thought he was tremendous. He stayed very square to the puck and he battled very hard to make every save. He should of come out of this game with a win.”

The Maineiacs struck first in the middle of the opening period as Pierre-Olivier Morin beat Tigres goalie Kevin Poulin between the legs, giving Lewiston a 1-0 lead at 12:56 of the period.

Lewiston made it 2-0 after Alexis Piette scored a power play goal at 14:51 of the first period.

Piette hadn’t scored a goal since Oct 16th, beat Poulin with a shot under the crossbar as the Maineiacs appeared to be in control.

“What we did in the first period, we drove to the net,” said MacAdam. “Both of our goals were off the rush. We took the puck right to the net. (Pierre-Olivier) Morin’s and (Alexis) Piette’s goal were attack goals.”

Lewiston failed to the keep the momentum in the second period as Victoriaville scored a pair of goal in a 3:43 span, tying the game at 2-2.

Joel Chourinard scored a power play goal at 9:05, followed by Tomas Kubalik, who scored his 10th goal of the season, beating Kennedy with 7:12 to play in the second period.

With 2:33 to play in the period, Pierre-Oliver Morin scored his second goal of the night, deflected Zach Shannon’s shot by Poulin as the Maineiacs regained the lead, 3-2.

The Maineiacs started the third period with a power play that carried over from the previous period, but it was the Tigres who capitalized a little over a minute later, after the power play expired.

Joel Chourinard scored his second of the game after stuffing a rebound off the end boards past Kennedy at 2:34 of the third period.

“We turned the puck over twice on the powerplay,” MacAdam said. “You can’t be turn the puck over on the powerplay.”

With the game tied less than two minutes to play in regulation, Victoriaville found the back of the net as Tomas Kubalik scored his second goal of the night with just 1:45 to play in the game.

Making matters even worse was the fact the goal was a power play goal, which left MacAdam bitter at the lack of discipline.

“We took a penalty after whistle and they scored on the powerplay to get the winning goal,” stated MacAdam. “One player wasn’t disciplined and we gave them a chance with the extra period.

Despite a power play in the final minute, the Maineiacs wasn’t able to extend the game into overtime.

Kevin Poulin stopped 27 saves for the victory. Both teams had eight powerplay chances, Lewiston scored once and Victoriaville scored twice.

NOTES: The Maineiacs were without three key players due to injury, as goalie Adrien Lemay, defenseman Riku Dufva and forward Billy Lacasse were out all out of action.

Lemay, who has seen action in all but two games for the Maineiacs suffered a muscle pull, however, MacAdam doesn’t feel like it will keep the 20-year old out of the line for very long.

“It’s a slight muscle pull,” said Maineiacs Head Coach Don MacAdam. “As long he’s fine we will comeback with him (on Friday night) but we will have no problem coming back with (Jordan) Kennedy based on his performance tonight.

MacAdam felt tonight was a perfect night to rest Lemay because it’s a “manageable” injury.

“We know Kennedy has to play, and we have to see how he performs,” he said.

Dufva didn’t make the road trip because of flu symptoms and Lacasse sat out his fourth straight game because of a leg injury, but could be ready for Friday night according to MacAdam.

“Lacasse skated in warm-ups and we are hoping he’s ready to go on Friday,” MacAdam stated.

Returning from injury is Mathieu Gingras, who returned to the line-up on Wednesday night after being out since Oct. 23.

“Mathieu played very well and I am very pleased,” said MacAdam. For being out of game shape for quite a while, I thought he played very well.

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