They are done with the Volts
I think everyone on the MAINEiacs organization is glad they don’t have to see the Drummondville Voltigeurs until the New Year.
For a team that I fully expected to be on the bottom of the Telus Central, they have proven me wrong. Yannick Riendeau has been a great pick up for them along with Samson Mahbad. Riendeau has won the QMJHL Player of the Week for the second straight week.
The biggest addition has been defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. I spoke with Guy Boucher after the game on November 9th.
“He’s incredible, for me it’s been ten years in this league for me; I’ve coached (Mike) Ribeiro, (Derek) Brassard, and (Sidney) Crosby. He’s the second best total package behind Crosby,” said Boucher. “He’s a total player, he’s gritty, he hits, and he has incredible vision.” Boucher also mentioned he had a great shot.
You can read the rest of my thoughts on Kulikov here.
Getting Out to Fast Starts
If there was a sign that this team is turning around is the fact this past weekend they got out to a good lead. It was tough to see they couldn’t hold onto the lead on Friday. At the same time if teams are going to think it was a cake walk when they face Lewiston, the Maineiacs should use that use motivation. At the start of each period, they should think the game
You have to give credit to Jonathan Connelly who was in net for the first time since the Home opener on September 19th. On top of that, he was facing Rimouski, albeit an Oceanic club that was depleted with injuries. The kid showed no signs of rust when he faced three breakaways.
More kudos goes to Dany Coulombe for the fight at the end of the contest. The rookie stood up and sent a message to Guillaume Pelletier. It’s nice to see a player that gets limited playing time making an impact like that.
When I looked at the four away games that Lewiston has before returning the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, it didn’t look to good that they would win two games. They have Shawinigan Friday and Gatineau on Saturday. They can win at Gatineau and they have defeated Shawinigan already this year. Maybe this road trip will be better then expected.
The red hot Pirates made the Fire Alarm go off
The Portland Pirates invaded the Androscoggin Bank Colisee this past Friday, and the fire department had to be called in. The way the Pirates are playing, I think the fire alarm in every building will be going off. I wasn’t in attendance but from reading stories from different media outlets, it was a success for everyone.
The Pirates won, Stefan Chaput and Jonathan Paiement both got on the scoring sheet, and the Lewiston hockey fans got a taste of the AHL. I did go see the Pirates when Manchester came to Portland earlier this year and they are an exciting team to watch. Buffalo doesn’t always have the Crosby’s or Ovechkin’s in the system but have some great finds like a Nathan Gerbe.
In other AHL news, the Binghamton Senators resigned Pierre-Luc Faubert to a Professional Tryout Contract over the weekend and only to release him today.