Maine Hockey Journal

Sabres prospect nips Maineiacs is loss to Val d’Or

Cedrick Henley scored a pair of goals as the Val d’Or Foreurs defeated the Lewiston Maineiacs, 4-1, on Saturday night in front of 2,092 at the Centre Air Creebec in Val d’Or, Quebec.

Henley, a Buffalo Sabres prospect and the older brother of Maineiacs’ forward Sam Henley, scored the eventual game winner while on the power play less than 30 seconds after Marc-Andre Begin scored for Val d’Or to open the scoring at 9:11 of the first period.

Both goals were scored as a result of a double minor to Michael Chaput for high sticking.

With 30 seconds left in the first period, Val d’Or made it 3-0 as Olivier Archambault scored, beating Maineiacs netminder Andrey Makarov, who was getting his second start in a row after earning his first career QMJHL shutout.

The Maineiacs, killing off another double minor for a high-stick, this time by Etienne Brodeur, managed to muscle a goal by Antoine Houde-Caron at 3:32 of the second period, cutting Val d’Or’s lead down to two goals, at 3-1.

Henley added his second goal of the night midway into the third period, beating Makarov at 7:28 of the period.

Henley, just assigned back to his junior club on Wednesday by the Portland Pirates, NHL parent club, the Buffalo Sabres, was seeing his first action since being released from training camp.

Val d’Or went 2-for-7 on the power play, while Lewiston was 0-for-7 on the night.

Makarov made 25 saves on 29 shots in the loss (1-3-1). Jacob Gervias-Chouinard stopped 28 for the win.

NOTES: The Maineiacs will complete their four game road trip through Rouyn-Noranda and Val d’Or tomorrow with a repeat game against the Foreurs. Game time is 4pm.

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