Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs rusty play lead to loss

Lewiston, ME – The Lewiston Maineiacs had the last eight days off, and the rest coincided with their lackluster play Sunday evening as the Saint John Sea Dogs came away with the 7-4 victory in front of 1,517 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

“We had the period that you expect after being off the ice for a week,” Lewiston Maineiacs Head Coach Don MacAdam said. “We weren’t very sharp; I didn’t expect to be that dull.”

Saint John head coach Gérard Gallant knew this was going to be a tough game after his team’s heavyweight match-up against the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Friday night.

“We drove all the way from Drummondville (Friday night), we didn’t practice yesterday, and there was no morning ice available this morning,” Girard said.

With the win, the Sea Dogs current win streak stands at 15 games.

Despite being outshot 16-2 in the first period, the Lewiston Maineiacs were able to jump out to the 1-0 lead 9:51 into the game. Michael Chaput positioned himself in front of the goal crease to deflect Mathieu Gingras’s initial shot from the right cirle

The Sea Dogs didn’t waste any time to get the goal back. Gabriel Bourret let the initial shot go which went wide of Adrien Lemay, bouncing off the end boards. Nicholas Petersen was able to redirect the puck into the net. The goal came 48 seconds after Chaput’s tally.

Maineiacs goalie Adrien Lemay would have liked to have the next goal back after he thought he had made the save on Stanislav Galiev’s wrist shot from in between the circles, but the puck squirted out of his five-hole into the net making the score 2-1 Saint John.

The Sea Dogs used their speed in the second period. Tomas Jurco skated past Eric Gelinas and fed Steven Anthony with a cross ice pass who gave the Sea Dogs the 3-1 lead. The goal came at the 1:50 mark.

MacAdam thought his team took the first two periods off.

“We got a little better in the second and in the third we started to become harder to play against,” MacAdam added. “We weren’t hard to play against in the first two periods at all. Virtually no finish checks, no great fore-checking pressure, and certainly no attack pressure with puck.”

Lewiston responded on the power play with 7:32 remaining in the middle frame. Eric Gelinas dished the puck to Matt Boyle, who one timed it from the slot.

“We were very fortunate to be in the game in the third period with virtually no offense,” MacAdam said.

The Lewiston Maineiacs had an opportunity tie the game early in the third period. Jean-Francois Plante tried to lift the puck past St. John goalie Karel St-Laurent, but St Laurent made one of his 17 saves in the game.

MacAdam thought his players didn’t take advantage of a goalie who had not played in ten days.

“I don’t think he had his finest night,” he said. “The fact he made a big save, I don’t think it fazed us at all. He was bound to make a quality save and I think he struggled. I know he’s a better goaltender.”

Saint John extended their lead to 4-2 on the power play when Nicolas Petersen tipped in a Michael Kirkpatrick slap shot with 8:19 left in the game.

Lewiston’s Sebastien Trudeau responded a little over two minutes later with a shot from point which caught the inside of the crossbar on its way to the twine. Chaput registered the lone assist on the goal which drew the Maineiacs back to within one, but they would get no closer.

Saint John went up 6-3 with two goals from their two 20-year old acquisitions this past off-season. Mike Hoffman added his twelfth of the season with 5:13 remaining. Petersen polished off a hat trick 48 seconds later on the St. John powerplay.

Etienne Brodeur capped the scoring for Lewiston by batting the puck into the cage with 54 seconds left in regulation.

Sea Dogs forward Michael Kirkpatrick sealed his team’s victory with an empty net goal from the length of the ice.

Adrien Lemay made 35 saves in the loss for the Maineiacs.

The Maineiacs went 1-for-6 on the powerplay and the Sea Dogs were 2-for-5.

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