Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs make it eight… losses

Lewiston, ME – The Lewiston Maineiacs dropped their eight straight game, 6-4, to the Prince Edward Island Rocket in front of 2,087 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Friday night.

With the loss, the Maineiacs losing streak stands as the longest in the team’s history.

“I thought we played quite well,” Maineiacs head coach Don MacAdam said. “Penalty trouble (in the third) hurt us. They got six goals on the first twenty shots. We needed a couple of saves that we didn’t get.”

A strong fore-check by Etienne Brodeur created a turnover, which led to the Maineiacs first goal. Alexis Piette fed the puck to Samuel Carrier, who let a slap shot from the point go where Stefan Fournier tipped the puck into the net. It was Fournier’s third goal of the season 1:54 into the contest.

“With Brodeur I thought he had an excellent night,” MacAdam added. “He was dangerous all the time on the ice. He had his typical finish your check sort of game.”

The Rocket got on the board while on the man advantage with 2:03 remaining in the first period. Jean-Philippe Mathieu let the initial shot go from the point where Joel Champagne gained control of the puck in the crease, lighting the lamp. Samson Mahbod was given credit with the secondary assist.

Eric Lavigne, Prince Edwards’s head coach thought his team didn’t have their best effort.

“We were awful tonight,” Lavigne added. “We can’t play this type of game, we have to play a team game, (and) play in the team’s system.”

Prince Edward Island scored as a result of Maineiacs defenseman Eric Gelinas attempt to block a shot, but the puck deflected off his stick into the net. Eric Bouchard was given credit for the goal at the 12:35 mark of the second period.

The Rocket went up 3-1, only 1:11 later when Benjamin Casavant notched his 10th of the year.

When it looked the flood gates were open, Francis Beauvillier who has been one of the Maineiacs better players recently responded, scoring his sixth goal of the season with 6:14 to play in the second period.

Not even two minutes later, Etienne Brodeur snuck behind the defense, receiving a pass from Alexis Piette, firing the puck past Marco Cousineau from the left circle.

PEI responded 38 seconds later with 3:48 remaining when Chris Doyle snapped a shot off for his 11th goal of the season.

The Doyle-Struthers combination gave the Rocket the 5-3 lead 2:06 into the third period. Doyle set up Struthers at the right circle, and Struther fired a snap shot top shelf over Jordan Kennedy.

Samson Mahbod added the insurance marker 6:51 into the third period. He received a pass from Jean Philippe Mathieu and blasted the puck past Jordan Kennedy’s blocker side.

“The powerplay goal they got the puck went straight into the net,” said MacAdam. “I saw it from the bench. How many times have we said your goaltender has to be your best penalty killer?”

With 2:45 remaining in the game, Pierre-Olivier Morin crashed Cousineau’s net to put Lewiston’s fourth goal on the board.

Jordan Kennedy made 20 saves in the losing effort. Marco Cousineau turned aside 32 shots. Lewiston was 1-for-5 on the powerplay and Prince Edward Island was 2-for-9.

NOTES: Adrien Lemay was the back-up due to an undisclosed illness. His status for the rematch on Saturday day night is sill up in the air.

For the first time in team history the Lewiston Maineiacs dropped their first home game after Thanksgiving.

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