Maine Hockey Journal

Maineiacs preps for Rimouski and Drummonville

The Lewiston Maineiacs are well-rested and rejuvenated for a pair of games this week against the Drummondville Voltigeurs and the Rimouski Oceanic.

After playing in Gatineau, the team spent last couple of days in the Montreal area, with players from Quebec playing host.

“We gave the players a couple days off in their home in Quebec,” said Maineiacs head coach J.F. Houle. “Every (Quebec) player had to bring a Maritime kid into their home. I am sure the players are well-rested, and got a home cooked meal from mom.”

Houle believes the team bonding experience was a success as they get ready for Rimouski on Wednesday night.

“Everyone seems very upbeat,” Houle said. “I talked to a couple of players and they really enjoyed the company. It’s good for a team to mix in English guys and French guys.”

After splitting the weekend in Gatineau against the Olympiques, the team is looking to build off their success.

“I thought we played well in both games, even in the first game, we played real well,” said Houle. “We are well aware how big these two games are. Rimouski is in the same division and they are right behind us. We need to get a couple points ahead of them.”

After the game against Rimouski, Lewiston will head for Drummondville, a team that hasn’t been very friendly to the Maineiacs. Last season, the Voltigeurs won the season series 7-1. The Maineiacs lone victory was on Oct. 1 as they pulled off a 5-4 shootout victory. In the playoffs for the second consecutive year, Drummondville swept the Maineiacs aside in the first round.

“We haven’t been very successful against (Drummondville) the last few years,” Houle said. “We are excited to play them.”

The team is still without goaltender Andrey Makarov, who missed this past weekend due to an upper body injury.

“He’s still injured and I am unsure for how long,” said Houle. “He’s getting a little better.”

The team’s current backup goalie, Antonio Bibeau, is no longer with the Maineiacs because he was only able to stay for the games against the Olympiques. It’s unknown who will fill-in tomorrow night against the Rimouski Oceanic.

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