Maine Hockey Journal

Drummondville doubles up the Maineiacs, 6-3, at home

The Lewiston failed to solve the Drummondville Voltigeurs falling 6-3 on Friday night before 2,634 at the Marcel Dionne Centre.

Drummondville has been atop the CHL Top Ten rankings for the last two weeks with a 19-3-0-1 record, winning seven of their last eight games in the QMJHL.

The Maineiacs got off to a good start grabbing a 1-0 lead when Francois Beauvillier, the young 16-year old, added his sixth point in the eight last games at 2:52 of the first period.

MacAdam thought the best line was a combination of veterans and the standout rookie.

“The (Alexander) Beaton line was excellent,” he added. They really played. (Francois) Beauvillier and (Pierre-Olivier) Morin were very good. He (Beauvillier) had a strong night; he’s coming into his own.”

At 6:50, just as the Maineiacs were about to kill of a penalty, the Voltigeurs struck with two seconds remaining after Jonathan Brunelle found the back of the net for the sixth time this year.

Although Drummondville went 2-for-4 on the man advantage, MacAdam believes the penalty kill is coming along.

“We did much better job on the penalty kill (tonight),” MacAdam said. “The adjustments we’ve made, I think I have guys believing it will work.”

Drummondville kept their foot on the gas, giving themselves a one goal lead as Benoît Lévesque also scored with 6:24 remaining in the first.

Brunelle added his second goal of the night with 2:38 to play in the first period, another power play goal, giving Drummondville a 3-1 lead after one period of play.

Lewiston got back within one goal with Alex Beaton’s eighth goal of the season only 38 seconds into the second period.

What Alexander Beaton brings to the table is steadiness according to MacAdam.

“He’s (Alexander Beaton) been a very good player along. He’s been very consistent and he’s a smart player. We’ve been able to count on him from beginning of the year. Maybe there have been a couple of games where he wasn’t where he wanted to be. He’s been a solid player for us.”

The Voltigeurs responded with Charles Landry’s second goal of the season at 12:48 of the second period.

In the third period, the Voltigeurs made it 5-2 off a deflection when Maineiacs goalie couldn’t recover to get a piece of the puck as Mathieu Milse was credited with the goal at 2:48 of the period.

At 8:21, Stefan Fournier pulled the Maineiacs within two goals, 5-3, with his second of the year.
Fournier has struggle this season as the Maineiacs counted on his offensive production.

“We are really hoping so,” MacAdam said about Stefan Fournier getting back into a grove. “It’s been a long wait between goals and a long way between points. It’s something we’ve counted him for.”

After Francois Beauvillier went to the box for holding, Ondrej Palat got his stick on the puck after Brunnelle let the initial shot go to make it 6-3 with three minutes left in the game.

Adrien Lemay made 47 saves in the loss, Antoine Tardif stopped 21 shots.

NOTES: Billy Lacasse (leg) and Adrien Lemay (muscle pull) returned to the line-up Friday night. Lacasse reaggravated the injury midway through the game and will not play Saturday in the final game of the three game road trip.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply