Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs make first cuts

Monday morning was cut down day for the Lewiston Maineiacs, and five players packed their bags as Colton Stairs, Max Godin, Nick Jordan, Christopher Caissy, and Marc-Antoine Rousseau are heading back to their midget AAA or Junior teams.

Rousseau could be considered a surprise cut, but Lewiston Maineiacs’ General Manager Roger Shannon said he could be back with the team soon if things work out.

“Because he’s CEGEP kid, we had to make a year-long decision on him a 10 o’clock this morning,” Shannon said during the team’s practice this morning. “He had to be back in school by today. We will see how things work out with our forwards over the next four or five days. There’s a chance a kid like him might end up back here.”

Rousseau played five games last season for Lewiston, but spent the majority of the season with the Valleyfield Braves of the Quebec AAA Junior league. With the Braves, he had 16 goals and 12 assists in 48 games.

All six goalies still remain in camp, and head coach Jean-Francois Houle thinks its good experience for all of them.

“It is a lot of goalies, but it’s good to see what they can do,” Houle said. “They all played well even in the scrimmages. We will keep an eye on them and keep shooting.”

Connor Anthoine continued to skate with the team with his Green Mountain Glades’ hockey pants and Shannon said he will talk to the family again later this week.

“We don’t have any commitment and we haven’t made any moves at all to discuss it with the family,” Shannon said. “I am sure the next couple of days we will sit down with the family and try to put something together.”

Monday morning also meant the August trading period ended and Shannon said offers were on the table to acquire another offensive player.

“We had opportunities to bring in more players, like more forwards, but not one phone call for a defenseman,” added Shannon. “Those (calls) are few and far in between.”

“We’ve got 16-17 forwards here where we can pick 14 from.”

Returning to the ice Monday morning was Michael Chaput who was sidelined with a minor injury.

Both Francis Beauvillier and Etienne Brodeur are still feeling ill.

The dog ate my passport

Maineiacs’ third round pick this past summer, Brayden Wood is suppose to make his way to Lewiston later this afternoon. Shannon expected him to be in town Monday morning, but Wood was missing one important document.

“He lost his passport,” Shannon stated. “He had to wait for the passport office to open up to get a passport. That’s what been the delay for now.”

“It will be interesting to see if he even gets here.”

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