Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs lose big to QMJHL’s top team

The trip to the Maritimes weren’t very kind to the Lewiston Maineiacs after an 8-3 loss to the Saint John Sea Dogs in front of 3,316 fans at Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick on Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, the Maineiacs went 0-4-0 during their recent trip through Atlantic Canada.

“We had a good second period after a tough start with two of the first three shots going in (the first period),” said Maineiacs’ head coach Don MacAdam said.

Tomas Jurco made it 1-0 for the Sea Dogs at the 4:43 mark of the first period when Jordan Kennedy left a rebound in the slot.

Just 1:05 later, Etienne Brodeur responded for the Maineiacs as he lifted the puck over Sea Dogs’ goalie Marc-Antoine Gelinas.

Saint John ended Kennedy’s night 7:09 into the game as Michael Kirkpatrick fired one past the 16-year old.

Kennedy made three saves on six shots.

“We have had a lot of games and we were hoping Kennedy would bring something to the game,” MacAdam said. “He obviously wasn’t prepared to play.”

Kirkpatrick welcomed Adrien Lemay into the game with a powerplay goal with 8:23 remaining in the period. Anthony and Nicholas Petersen set the goal up.

Lemay made 38 saves for the Maineiacs in the relief effort.

The Seadogs added their fourth goal also on the powerplay. Mike Hoffman was left alone for his 20th goal of the season with 2:40 remaining in the first period.

Francis Beauvillier made a great defensive play in his own end and he moved the puck to the offensive zone where he threw the puck on net. Marc-Antoine Gelinas left a rebound for Jean-Francois Plante who streaked down with Beauvillier and he put home his third goal of the season. The goal came at the 7:31 mark into the second period.

“We had five 16-year olds play today and they played well for the most part,” MacAdam stated.

Lewiston closed within one as Billy Lacasse scored on the powerplay with 7:02 to play in the middle period. Eric Gelinas and Samuel Carrier were credited with the assists.

It was their only powerplay goal on seven chances.

With 20 seconds left in the second period, Mike Hoffman let a shot go and the puck deflected to Nicholas Petersen who finished off the play.

“The goal at the end of the second where we lost the draw and our defensemen lost his man off the boards, really hurt us in my opinion,” MacAdam added.

The Sea Dogs added their third powerplay goal of the game 1:34 into the final period. Pard recorded his ninth goal of the season with Mike Hoffman getting his third point of the game. Danick Gauthier stretched the lead to 7-3, 6:34 into the third period.

The Sea Dogs finished the game 3-for-5 on the powerplay.

Jonathan Huberdeau put the finishing touches on the game as he made it 8-3 with 7:47 remaining in the game.

Marc-Antoine Gelinas turned aside 33 shots for the Sea Dogs in their 20th straight victory.

NOTES: Steven Woodworth has been sent back to the Halifax Lions of the Maritime Junior “A” Hockey League.

“We were very pleased how he played,” MacAdam said. “He certainly earned an opportunity to play with us after the (World) Under-17 (Challenge).”

The team will know more tomorrow on the status of defenseman Riku Dufva who injured his hip last weekend.

According to a report in the La Nouvelle Union, the Maineiacs have shown interest in hosting the 2011 QMJHL Midget Draft.

MacAdam didn’t confirm or deny the report.

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