Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs Notebook: Two Named to Team Quebec

It’s been announced Francois Beauvillier and Samuel Henley will be on Team Quebec for the World Under-17 Challenge in late December. I will have a complete story up later today but here are Don MacAdam’s thoughts on Jean-Francois Plante, who was left off the roster.

“He was obviously disappointed,” MacAdam added. “We would be disappointed if he weren’t (disappointed).

MacAdam points out Plante is a team player and is excited for his two teammates.

“He’s happy he had two teammates make the team. He’s one of those guys that’s a team first player.”

Beauvillier and Henley will miss five games. They include two games against Victoriaville, two games against Gatineau, and against Shawinigan. If everything goes well, they will return on January 7th against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Expect to see some of those second chance guys to play in that same time period. I’ve heard Julien Houle, Luke Dillman, Stephen Woodworth, Mathieu Briebois who will get another look at some point this season.

The team is preparing to be without Jordan Kennedy as he will most likely be at the Under-17 Challenge with Team Atlantic. A goalie will have to be called upon to fill Kennedy’s role.

Beauvillier’s penalty Friday night

Don MacAdam had some interesting comments on Francois Beauvillier’s penalty.

“I think every now and then the refs make the wrong call but the refs make mistakes like the players do. Beauvillier was going hard to the net and was handcuffed by one of (Drummondville) players. He couldn’t avoid contact with the goaltender.”

The penalty killed any comeback Maineiacs as the Voltigeurs scored to make it 6-3.

A week long break for the Maineiacs

In the NFL, there’s a saying “the bye week couldn’t come at a better time.” Well the Maineiacs are have a bye week of their own as they don’t play again until November 22nd. Since October 17th they are 2-9 with two four game losing streaks.

“We need opportunity to regroup here,” MacAdam said after Saturday night’s game. “We came close on Wednesday night and we came close on Saturday night. All close got us this road trip was one point. That’s certainly not enough.”

The schedule doesn’t get easier as the Saint John Sea Dogs come into town. They are riding a 13 game winning streak. When they roll in they could have a 14 game win streak if they defeat Drummondville in the game of the week on Friday night.

The Maineiacs will have four games in six nights during Thanksgiving week. In the first part of December they will play in eight games in 17 days including four game road swing in the Atlantic and two against Drummondville.

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