Archive for Don MacAdam

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.)

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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.)

The MacAdam Era Begins

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 16, 2009 by Mike Haggett

The Lewiston MAINEiacs under new Head Coach Don MacAdam start the rest of the 2008-09 campaign tonight in the heart of the Abitibi Region in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. While the team awoke to a temperature of -35 F this morning in the city that the Huskies call home, the spirit of the MAINEiacs is much warmer than it has been in some time.

It’s a time to start over.

In discussions with several who are near or intimately involved in the organization, the whole tone has changed. There is solid hope here, not only to salvage a season, but to re-establish and straighten out careers. Pratices have been spirited, players are smiling, and the stress level has decreased considerably. For a club with a 14-32 record, there is nothing left to lose at this point… and everything to gain.

Twenty-two games remain in the season. For some players who have had less than desirable seasons to this point, that is plenty of time to turn it around. It’s a clean slate, a time for players to audition themselves in front of MacAdam. Errors of the past mean nothing at this point, where as attutide and work ethic moving forward means everything.  Where some players were handcuffed in the previous coach’s systems could rise to the top now and light the lamp with earnest. Where one player acted indiciplined and selfish could be the best team guy from here on out. Take all previous thoughts of the players and erase them from your mind. Give it ten games or so and watch a new team emerge before passing judgement

As been seen in MAINEiacs teams of the past, this is the time of year traditionally where the club gets fired up, and the stage is set for that to happen. A new coach, a more relaxed environment, nothing left to play for but pride, going up against teams down the stretch that have a lot riding the rest of the way.

I said it at the begining of the year, I’ll say it again. This team talent wise can match up against any of the clubs in the league. Forget the 14-32 record. The record that is most important is the one that starts tonight in Rouyn-Noranda. The Huskies have just unloaded their top veterans in the winter trade period despite leading the Telus West Division, and it makes them an opponent ripe for the MAINEiacs to pick. Val-d’Or is the next stop on Saturday, and the Foreurs have unloaded as well. It is totally conceivable that the team bus could roll into the Androscoggin Bank Colisee Sunday morning and the team has a two game winning streak heading into a 5 game homestand.

The time for negativity is over for now. It’s time to rally around the team and get ready for the most exciting hockey of the season. Enjoy it.

Mike Haggett

offthepost@lewistonhockey.com