Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs can’t carry the momentum

The Lewiston Maineiacs weren’t able to carry the momentum they gained Wednesday night into Thursday night’s game against the Drummondville Voltigeurs as they fell 7-3 in front of 1,922 fans at the Centre Marcel Dionne.

“We were very slow out of the gate,” said Lewiston’s interim head coach Jeff Guay. “We had a couple of chances in the first (period) where we could have scored.”

The Voltigeurs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. Defenseman Maxime Frenette opened the scoring 5:55 into the game. Benoît Lévesque picked up the only assist. Lévesque notched Drummondville’s second goal with 5:36 to play in the period.

“The first three goals, there were missed assignments and some bad bounces on our part,” Guay said.

The Voltigeurs closed the scoring in the opening frame on the powerplay. Ryan McKiernan blasted a shot past Adrien Lemay with 1:46 remaining. Sean Couturier and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers were credited with the assists.

Guay was impressed with Couturier who had four assists in the game and was named the second star of the game.

“He’s a good player,” he said. “He’s the real deal; I think he will be playing in this league one more year and he will be gone.”

3:37 into the second period, Sebastian Trudeau put the Maineiacs on the board, but Drummondville restored the three goal lead 18 seconds later as Gabriel Dumont lit the lamp for the 17th time this season.

“We played better in the second, but we still had players in the (penalty) box,” Guay stated. “You can’t go into the box against this team.”

The Maineiacs held the Voltigeurs 1-for-5 on the powerplay for the evening.

Michael Chaput recorded Lewiston’s second goal at the 7:20 mark of the middle period.

Drummondville showed they can score in all situations as Philippe Lefebvre made the Maineiacs pay with a shorthanded goal with 6:06 to play in the period.

Pierre-Olivier Morin kept the visiting team in it as he was able to hack the puck past Antoine Tardif at the 14:30 mark.

Drummondville added two more in the final period. Gabriel Dumont potted his second of the game with 9:10 remaining in the game. Jonathan Brunelle added his 13th goal of the season with 4:55 to play to make it 7-3.

“We couldn’t get much going offensively,” said Guay about his team in the third period. “We were limited on (defense) and we had three that we played a lot.”

The Maineiacs were without Matt Boyle on the road trip with a broken finger and the team lost Eric Bonawitz in the first period with a broken collar bone.

Adrien Lemay made 35 saves in the losing effort and Antoine Tardif made 23 saves for his 21 victory of the season.

Lewiston was 0-for-4 on the powerplay.

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