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Paiement injured

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 19, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Early this morning the bus that was carrying the Albany River Rats team flipped over on Interstate 90. One of the five people that were injured was former Maineiac defenseman Jonathan Paiement . It looks like Stefan Chaput is alright.

The team was returning from Lowell when the bus hit bad weather in the Berkshire Mountains and rolled, Daniels said. It struck a guardrail, coming to rest on its side and partially on the highway. The discovery of the disabled bus prompted other motorists to stop their vehicles on the highway and then try to slow approaching traffic, Daniels said.

This was from the Albany Times Union.

It looks like a couple just suffered bruises and cuts. Two could have more serious injuries.

Five people suffered serious injures and were taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center. Three people are being treated for severe cuts and lacerations, two others are being treated for neck injuries.

The River Rats lost to Eric Castonguay’s Lowell Devils 3-2. Castonguay and Stefan Chaput were not in the line up.

Jonathan Paiement played three seasons in Lewiston where he scored 40 goals and added 136 assists in 198 regular season contests. He had 3 goals and 13 assists in 19 playoff games

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News and Notes

Posted in Uncategorized on February 8, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Adrien Lemay’s performance on Friday night was spectacular. Stopping 66 shots is no easy task. Add on top of that the league’s top offense.

The way it ended left a sour taste in my mouth. A great game like ended anticlimactic with the penalty shot. I thought Lewiston’s defenseman was trying to regain his balance.

Yes, the net came off its moorings but it wasn’t intentional. The referees saw it a different way and called it by the letter of the law.

I was lucky enough to see two great goalie performances this week. Along Lemay’s efforts, Skowhegan’s Jimmy Quirion made 59 saves in the 11-0 lost to Bangor. Yes it was blowout on paper, but if it wasn’t for him the game would of been 25-0. Going into the third, it was only 4-0.

I like to see goals but when a goalie is in the zone, it’s a beautiful thing to watch. In Lewiston, we had the pleasure to watch Jaroslav Halak, Jonathan Bernier, and Peter Delmas.

They have giving up some great performances in the past six years. I will miss the great saves like Jonathan Bernier gave us a few years back.

Jonathan Paiement got the game winning goal against the Portland Pirates yesterday.

Alexander Picard has cleared waivers and was sent back to the Syracuse Crunch.