Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs drop key game against Shawinigan

In a pivotal three game stretch for the Lewiston Maineiacs, they dropped the first one to the Shawinigan Cataractes 6-1 in front of 2,925 fans at Centre Bionest.

The same two teams travel down to Lewiston for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday night.

“It’s a tough way to start,” said Lewiston Maineiacs’ Head Coach Jean-Francois Houle said. “(Shawinigan) capitalized on their chances early.”

The team is taking the games against Shawinigan like a mini playoff series.

“It should be (like a playoff series), but obviously 6-1 here, it didn’t turnout like that,” said Houle. ”We are excited to get back home and hopefully get a couple of points at home.”

Shawinigan got out to the 1-0 lead when Philippe Paradis found a hole in Adrien Lemay pads just 1:30 into the contest.

The Cataractes struck while on the power play with 6:12 remaining in the first period, Charles-Olivier Roussel fired a shot from the point, beating Lemay, giving Shawinigan a 2-0 lead.

The teams swapped power play goals to start the second period after Pierre-Olivier Morin scored his 18th goal of the season only 2:42 into the period.

Shawinigan’s Dave Labrecque answered at the 6:06 mark of the middle frame.

“(Morin) is our leading scorer so he always comes up with the big goals,” Houle added.

Lewiston went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Shawinigan went 2-for-4 on the night.

“We scored on the power play to get that goal,” Houle said. “We had a couple of chances to get closer, but their goalie made some big saves.”

“We need to work on our powerplay and our work ethic.”

Shawinigan took the 4-1 lead when Maximilien Le Sieur received credit for the goal after Adrien Lemay misplayed the puck, putting it into his own net at the 7:33 mark.

“Adrien would have liked a couple of those goals back,” said Houle. “He made some big saves and our defense needs to play better in front of him.”

The floodgates opened as Antoine Houde-Caron made it 5-1 with 4:02 remaining in the stanza.
Bournival ended Lemay’s night with 2:03 remaining in the second period and Jordan Kennedy was inserted into the game.

Bournival was named the game’s first star with the goal and two assists.

Lemay made 22 saves in the game. Jordan Kennedy stopped all five shots he faced.

In the third, the Maineiacs started the period with a 5-on-3 power play that carried over from the second period.

“We had a ton of chances on the 5-on-3, but couldn’t convert,” said Houle.

Marc-Antoine Gelinas made 32 saves as he faced 33 shots in the contest for his 27th victory of the season.

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