Archive for March, 2009

Is it time for another change?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 24, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Since the Maineiacs have moved to Lewiston, their has been some many playoff formats, I have lost count. With the new divisions, I think another playoff format should be enforced. I am thinking a twelve team format should be implemented.

I don’t want why the QMJHL sees any good for a team like Drummondville to play Lewiston. The boys worked hard to to get that last playoff selection. I am not taking away their efforts. The system is showing its flaws.

I know upsets happen but I can’t see none of the bottom half of the league giving Drummondville a run for their money.

The only reason why there’s 16 teams so teams can get more revenue. The only reason why we won’t see any changes to the current playoff format.

Now my format would be just like the NFL’s. The division winners get a bye. Telus West and Telus Central will be one side of the bracket and Telus East and the Atlantic the other side of the bracket. That will keep travel costs down.

Here how it would of looked liked using the 2008-209 standings..

Byes
Drummondville
Moncton
Quebec
Gatineau

5. Shawinigan (2nd in the league)
6. Cape Breton
7. Rimouski
8. Montréal
9. Saint John
10. Victoriaville
11. Rouyn-Noranda
12. PEI

Now the first round match ups.

Telus West and Central
Shawinigan vs. Rouyn-Noranda
Montreal vs. Victoriaville

Telus East and Atlantic
Cape Breton vs. PEI
Rimouski vs. Saint John

2nd round would look something like this

Drummondville vs. Montreal
Gatineau vs. Shawinigan

Moncton vs. Rimouski
Quebec vs. Cape Breton

3rd round
Drummondville vs. Shawingan
Quebec vs. Moncton

Finals

Drummondville vs. Quebec

Now you can tweak it to the top four teams get the bye and/or reseed after each round. There are always flaws in any system you use but I feel this is the most competitive format.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal. His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

The Second Season Starts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Now it’s a date with the top team in the QMJHL. Two years ago the Maineiacs were in the Voltigeurs shoes. There are still three guys on the President’s Cup winning team. Danick Paquette, Patrick Cusack, and Peter Delmas were all apart of the team. I believe Alexander Beaton practiced with the team during the run.

Hopefully the three players will lead the way because they been in Drummondville’s shoes. They could probably relate what Drummondville is thinking on the facing the 16th seed.

Even though Lewiston lost against Chicoutimi on Sunday. It was great to see the team responded after the first period. They have confidence now if they get in a little hole or the calls aren’t going their way, to fight back and get back into the contest.

They still have to play a good game and not take the bad penalties. You need to limit the Voltigeurs chances on the man advantage because they convert about 33 percent of the time.

Peter Delmas needs to play like he did on Sunday. I was surprised how he stepped it up but he has been playing well since Don MacAdam became the bench boss. Whoever is in the net, they will need to steals the wins because the Maineiacs doesn’t have the fire power to outscore Drummondville in a 6-5 game

No matter what happens, hopefully the team can build off from this series for next season.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal. His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

What a night for Savoie

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 9, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Wasn’t it great to see Dominic Savoie score that hat trick on Friday night? Here’s a player who will do anything for the team. The previous twelve games he spent as a defenseman while Garrett Clarke was serving his suspension.

“We had some injuries and stuff on defense. Coach asked if I wanted to play and I said ‘of course’,” says Dominic Savoie. “It was kind of hard but I really enjoyed it. I think it helped the team.”

“It makes us feel so good when someone has done so much for the team gets rewarded,” says Lewiston’s head coach Don MacAdam. “It wasn’t a hat trick in a 9-2 win. It was a hat trick in a game close the whole night long.”

He only had four goals heading into the game and a total of six goals in his career.

That last goal was a beauty wasn’t it?

“I thought I missed the night,” Savoie said. “Morin and Beaton had a pretty good game. We clicked pretty well. They worked their (butt) off all game long.”

The great thing about this interview was Patrick Cusack in the background teasing Savoie.

I liked what coach said after the game.

“The entire team was thrilled for Dominic. He’s not a glory guy,” says MacAdam.

MacAdam also said he deserved to stay on a line with Morin and Beaton.

“We have too. He earned that position,” MacAdam said.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal. His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

Will Lemay Stay?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Where ever the Lewiston Maineiacs end up next season. Has Adrien Lemay earned one of the three twenty year old spots that are available?

He has singly won some games for the team. The most recent came in Friday’s win against the Gatineau Olympiques where he had 40 saves in the 2-1 victory.

First who’s eligible as a twenty year old next season. First is Boston’s fifth round selection in the 2007 draft, Denis Reul. Most teams don’t hang onto a twenty year old European player. With the depth at D, I believe this is Reul’s last season in the organization.

That brings us to Patrick Cusack. I believe he will start the season with the team. Depends how the season pans out, he can stay to lead the group to a playoff birth or b e an asset come the trade deadline.

Another defenseman that will be a twenty year old is Sean Stagles. He was brought in to score from the blue line and hasn’t really done that. his days are numbered I believe.

Matt Bourdeau will be the only twenty year old forward. It will be tough for him to make it next year. He gives it his all but the lack of offensive production that he has had in his junior career is a con.

The team could also bring an overager through trade to bring some veteran experience.

My gut feeling is Lemay will be with the club next year and platoon with Peter Delmas. I can’t see the club going with a Delmas-Connely combo.

One thing is the club will be looking for a goaltender for the future at the upcoming draft. It will allow the potential pick to play Junior A for a year before coming the potential starter in 2010-2011 season when Delmas moves on to the pro game. It’s also a strong possibility that Delmas will be in the Q as a twenty year old.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal. His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)