Maine Hockey Journal

Voltigeurs continue where they left off

Drummondville, QC—It’s a new year, but the same story. The 2009 Playoffs saw the Drummondville Voltigeurs outscore the Lewiston Maineiacs 38-9 in four games. The Voltigeurs offense continues in the 2010 playoffs as they took Game One 7-2 on Friday night  in front of 2,514 fans at Centre Marcel Dionne.

“We got to come back with a better effort tomorrow,” said Lewiston Maineiacs Head Coach Jean-Francois Houle. “We need all four lines to play, not just one or two lines.”

The Voltigeurs broke the ice when Marc-Olivier Vachon found the back of the net with 9:14 remaining in the first period. The goal was the only blemish for Maineiacs goaltender Adrien Lemay as he faced 21 shots in the opening stanza.

“Drummondville’s first goal was a fluke goal, they got lucky on it,” Houle said. “It was a bouncing puck from the point and it bounced two-three times – it ended up in the net.”

After the Maineiacs had a strong start to the first period, the wheels came off in the middle period.  Not even through a minute in the period, Sean Couturier ripped a shot top shelf to give Drummondville the 2-0 lead.

“I thought we played a good first period,” Houle added. “In the second, the shots are pretty deceiving, but Adrien made some big saves. We had some quality chances and we didn’t score on them.”

Lewiston recorded their first shot of the second period 9:32 into the period when Samuel Carrier blasted a slap shot past Drummondville goaltender Jake Allen on the power play.

The Maineiacs were 1-for-5 on the man advantage and Drummondville went 1-for-8.

“I thought we did a great job on the penalty kill,” Houle stated. “I am not happy that we lost, don’t get me wrong, but I thought we did some good things.”

The Voltigeurs clamped down and made it 3-1 right off of the face-off with Chris DiDomenico recording his first goal of the playoffs.

With 1:08 remaining in the second period, Philippe Lefebvre was left all alone in front of the net to put the Voltigeurs fourth goal on the board.

Lewiston had some jump to start the third period when Cameron Critchlow found Michal Hlinka who put up the Maineiacs second goal.

Once again, Drummondville quickly responded as Marc-Antoine Desnoyers added his second point of the game with a power play goal nearly three minutes into the period.

“We only let in one goal, but we need to stay out of the box,” said Houle.

The game was out of reach at that point as the QMJHL regular season goal leader, Gabriel Dumont, notched his first of the playoffs 7:52 in the period. With 9:02 remaining in the game, Marc-Olivier Vachon stretched the lead to 7-2.

Adrien Lemay was pulled after the goal. He stopped 43 shots on the night. Jake Allen turned aside 15 shots in the victory.

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