Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs hammered, 10-3, in Rouyn-Noranda

The Lewiston Maineiacs experienced firsthand the firepower of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies as they fell 10-3 in front of 2,181 fans at the Dave Keon Arena on Friday night.

“I thought we played very (well) in the first,” said Lewiston Maineiacs head coach Jean-Francois Houle. “We were right there with them, but you could tell they were older. They started to wear us down and they got a couple of goals in the second that broke our legs.”

The Philippe Cornet-Patrice Cormier-Jordan Caron line combined for 14 points in the win. All three were first round draft picks of the Rimouski Oceanic in the 2006 QMJHL Draft.

“They played real well together, obviously,” Houle added. “They are a strong line, they were strong on the puck, and they made plays tonight.”

Rouyn-Noranda made it 1-0 when Jean-Sabastien Berube released a wrist shot from the top of the circle at 5:18 of the first period.

Michael Chaput found the back of the net for the seventh time since Dec. 27. The goal came with 10:14 remaining in the opening period.

Lewiston took a 2-1 lead when Oskar Orrpars ripped a slap shot as the puck bounced to him off the end glass with 4:46 to play in the first period.

Rouyn-Noranda tied the game with 1:26 left in the opening period as Philippe Cornet put home a rebound off another offensive face-off win.

“The first two goals were right off the face-off,” said Houle. “It’s a play we went over in practice, (but) we missed our assignments.”

In the second period, the Huskies notched two goals only 19 seconds apart when Jeff Desjardins added his 18th goal of the season at the 5:30 mark and Bruins’ prospect Jordan Caron scored his first goal as a member of Rouyn-Noranda.

Matthew Bissonette responded for the Maineiacs when he ripped a slap shot past Nicolas Champion off the ensuing face-off.

“I thought we responded pretty (well),” Houle said. “I was happy on the bench when they score two goals and we come right back and score one. They were the better team tonight.”

Rouyn-Noranda regained the momentum with two goals from Philipee Cornet.

After the Maineiacs couldn’t score on a 5-on-3 powerplay, Jordan Caron added his second goal of the night.

The lead was extended to 8-3 when Gabriel O’Connor ripped a shot by Dwayne Rodrigue with 2:03 to play in the second period. Desjardins capped off the second period scoring with 1:33 to play.

Alexandre Brunet notched his first goal of the season for the Huskies at the 6:02 mark of the third period.

Dwayne Rodrigue made his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League debut stopping 30 shots in two periods.

“It was a tough night, but he’s still young,” Houle said about Rodrigue. “Hopefully we will give him a better shot in the near future.”

Adrien Lemay made 12 saves in the relief effort. Nicolas Champion turned aside 25 shots in the victory.

Lewiston was 0-for-5 on the powerplay and Rouyn-Noranda was 3-for-5 on the man advantage.

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