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President Cup Preview

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 1, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Press Release

SHAWINIGAN
(2nd in the overall standings – 105 points – 2nd in the TELUS CENTRAL Division standings)

VS.

DRUMMONDVILLE
(1st in the overall standings – 112 points – 1st in the TELUS CENTRAL Division standings)

During the 2008-09 season:

2008/10/14 DRUMMONDVILLE 0 @ SHAWINIGAN 7
2008/10/26 SHAWINIGAN 6 @ DRUMMONDVILLE 3
2008/11/01 DRUMMONDVILLE 2 @ SHAWINIGAN 5
2008/12/12 SHAWINIGAN 1 @ DRUMMONDVILLE 4
2008/12/18 DRUMMONDVILLE 3 @ SHAWINIGAN 2
2008/12/28 SHAWINIGAN 4 @ DRUMMONDVILLE 3
2009/01/06 DRUMMONDVILLE 5 @ SHAWINIGAN 4
2009/01/28 SHAWINIGAN 5 @ DRUMMONDVILLE 3

SHAWINIGAN

The best performers for the Cataractes during their regular season match-ups versus the Voltigeurs (goals-assists-points):

Cédric Lalonde-McNicoll: 6-9-15
Matthew Pistilli: 8-3-11
Nicholas Petersen: 4-6-10

The Cataractes swept the Victoriaville Tigres before defeating the Gatineau Olympiques and the Quebec Remparts in five games.

The Shawinigan power-play is impressive. The Cataractes have recorded 28 goals in only 86 opportunities (32.6%). Moreover, they have allowed only 11 goals with a man down; third-best in the League at 85.5%.

Head coach Éric Veilleux counts on a strong core of veterans. Cédric Lalonde-McNicoll is the team’s most prolific scorer. In fourteen games, he has 11 goals and 14 assists. The 20-year-old native of Longueuil has gotten plenty of support from Pierre-Alexandre Vandall (4-16-20) and Nicholas Petersen (9-9-18).

Matthew Pistilli, who won the President Cup with the Gatineau Olympiques last season, is the team’s game-breaker. He has recorded four game-winning goals.

The additions of Mathieu Bolduc and Alex Grant at the trade deadline have fortified an already strong blue-line. Charles-Olivier Roussel has continued to impress in the playoffs. He has fourteen points in as many games.

Goatlender Timo Pielmeier has been steady. He boasts an 11-2 record with a 2.43 goals-against-average and .905 save percentage.

DRUMMONDVILLE

The best performers for the Voltigeurs during their regular season match-ups versus the Cataractes (goals-assists-points):

Yannick Riendeau: 7-6-13
Dany Massé: 4-4-8
Mike Hoffman: 4-3-7

The Voltigeurs have yet to lose a game so far this postseason. Drummondville swept the Lewiston MAINEiacs, the Montreal Juniors and the MasterCard Memorial Cup hosting Rimouski Océanic.

The Voltigeurs possess the League’s best offence. They have scored 85 goals in 12 games – an average of slightly more than 7 goals per contest. Their offensive output is largely due to their extraordinary power-play, which boasts a League-best 40.2% success rate (43/107).

Seven players have registered at least one point per game in the playoffs. The team’s top point-getters have been Yannick Riendeau (19-16-35), Chris DiDomenico (4-29-33), Dany Massé (11-19-30) and Mike Hoffman (17-9-26).

Rookie sensation Dmitry Kulikov is the quarterback of the defensive squad. He has 2 goals and 17 helpers in the second season.

Since the beginning of the semi-final, Marco Cousineau has gotten the nod in net. In ten starts, Cousineau has earned 9 wins while posting a 2.20 goals-against-average and .899 save percentage.

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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.)

More Moves

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Last Tuesday night after the Gatineau Olympiques game, Ed Harding wouldn’t tip Justin Pelletier and I off if a move was imminent.  News came out Friday that the Lewiston Maineiacs have signed Adrien Lemay a goaltender from the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).

His stats were 13-11 with a 3.44 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.  From my quick math, he appeared in 28 games (4 games he didn’t record a decision) and has seen an average of 33.9 shots a night.

He looked pretty decent on Saturday night.  He made key saves in the first period and kept the team in it.  The fourth goal was soft but that was the only mistake he made.

Before yesterday’s game, Saint John radio announcer mentioned a trade would come down today in Rimouski.  He was right as they traded defenseman Alexandre Néron to the Rimouski Oceanic for a 2009 1st round pick.  They also picked up blueliner Jason Demers from the Victoriaville Tigres.

The biggest move of the day has been the Shawinigan Cataractes picking up Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Alex Grant.  In return the Sea Dogs picked up Danick Gauthier, a 2nd round pick in 2009, and a 1st round pick in 2010.

He was the first ever selection of the Sea Dogs in 2005.  It’s a great pick up for the Cataractes.  Now what dos Drummondville Voltigeurs do to respond?  Both teams are battling it out for the Telus  Central Divisional Crown.  Shawinigan has 66 points and Drummondville has 65 points.

As I just posted this the Sea Dogs traded defenseman Pascal Amyot and their 1st round Import Draft to the Halifax Mooseheads for Halifax’s 1st pick in the Import Draft in 2009 and a 4th round selection in 2010.

3:30pm: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies trade to the Rimouski Océanic Marc-André Bourdon, Matthew Dopud and Justin MacNaughton.

In return, the Rimouski Océanic trades to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies the 1st round pick (acquired from Québec) of 2009, their 2nd round pick of 2009, the 3rd round pick (acquired from Québec) of 2009, their 7th round pick of 2009, their 1st round pick of 2010 and their 4th round pick of the 2010 entry draft.

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan trades to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles  Brad Tesink.

In return, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles trade to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan Olivier Dame-Malka.

Two Additions

The Maineiacs will get two blueliners back as Denis Reul is returning from the World Junior Championships in Ottawa. Garrett Clarke is returning from the World Under-17 Challenge that was held in British Columbia. Both players will be flying in tomorrow (Monday). Ed Harding is unsure if they will be in the line up on Tuesday night. “Garrett has a little longer haul back then Denis but we will see what kind of shape they are in.”

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.)

Gelinas to the Top Prospects Game

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

The CHL announced the rosters for the 2009 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game today.  The Lewiston Maineiacs are represented again this year as defenseman Eric Gelinas will be heading to Oshawa, Ontario on January 13th.

The 17-year-old defenseman has 6 goals and 16 assists in 35 games this season.

Other QMJHL players invited include Olivier Roy (Cape Breton), David Gilbert (Quebec), Dmitry Kulikov (Drummondville), Simon Despres (Saint John), Charles-Olivier Roussel (Shawinigan), Philippe Paradis (Shawinigan), and Jordan Caron (Rimouski).

The way that Gelinas is playing, he’s a second round pick.  I think a good showing at the Top Prospects and possible selection to the Under-18 in early April will put in the late 1st round or in the early second round come June.

In alumni news, Alexandre Picard was recalled by the Columbus Blue Jackets today.

They are done with the Volts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

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.

Tidbits Around the Q

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

The QMJHL has announced this weeks Telus Players of the Week.  Matthew Pistilli of the Shawinigan Cataractes had six goals and four assists in three games this past week.  His teammate Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll also had a big week.  He also had ten points and was also considered for the award.

So far the Cataractes have scored 78 goals this season which is first in the league.  Out of the contenders, Rimouski has 47 goals scored, Quebec has 48, and Saint John has 44.  You would think the goals would be higher for these teams.  Moncton has 52 goals, Drummondville has 58, Victoriaville also has 58, and Cape Breton has 61 goals.  Offense has proven to win games in the regular season as every team except for Victoriaville is either first or second their division.

In the playoffs, it’s how many you stop that matters.  The Wildcats and the Remparts are leading the way.  Nicola Riopel is not on the same plant as everyone else.   He has a 10-0-1 record with a 1.53 goals against average and a .943 save percentage.  I thought the Remparts would struggle in net but they have only allowed 28 goals in 12 games.  Charles Lavigne is 7-1 with a 2.55 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.  Even Jonathan Roy has been solid.  He’s 4-0 with a 1.75 goals against average and a .941 save percentage.  Which team will keep this pace up?  Which team will fall back down to reality?

Speaking of defense, Simon Lacroix of the Shawinigan Cataractes was named the Defensive Player of the Week.  He had nine points including four goals in three contests.  He also maintained a +4.  Timo Pielmeier his teammate was also considered.

The Drummondville Voltigeurs continue to add talent.  The Gatineau Olympiques sent twenty-year-old defenseman Patrick Prokop to Drummondville.  In return, Gatineau receives a sixth round pick in 2009 and a third round selection in 2010.   Prokop hasn’t played yet this season.

The Saint John Sea Dogs have signed left winger Alexei Dostoinov who was just was released by the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League last week.

Stephen Horyl, Lewiston’s eighth round pick in 2007 has been named to Team Canada East’s roster for the World Junior “A” Challenge that will be held in Camrose, Alberta.  That tournament will be held from November 2nd-November 8th.  He didn’t participate in training camp this year.  With the Truro Bearcats this season, he has nine goals and ten assists.  Pierre-Luc Lacombe is also named to the team.  He was a 2006 12th round selection of the Val d’Or Foreurs.  Jordan Escott a sixth round selection of the Prince Edward Island Rocket was also named to the team.

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.)

Thoughts on the Split

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

Facing one of the early surprises this season and getting two points out of the possible four is somewhat satisfying.  I did like what Ed Harding said after the game.  “We aren’t going have a huge celebration.  We are going to face that team on Sunday,” said Harding.  At the same time it was rough to see the team have their early struggles on Sunday.  The team did fight back to get within one.  You have to give them credit to get back into the contest.

Friday night we saw some real nice goals.  The set up between Alex Beaton and Maxime Gratchev for Eric Gelinas’ goal was one of the nicest set-ups I’ve seen.  Credit has to go to Gelinas also for the shot that was also a beauty.  How about Max Gratchev’s shorthanded tally?  When that one found the back of the net, I couldn’t believe it.  That was a seeing eye shot.  The offense was clicking.

Last year I question why Lucas LaBelle was always in the shootout but the kid has some moves.  “People were shocked last year when I picked him but it’s watching them doing their shootouts after practice.  Lucas is pretty crafty, that’s why we send him first,” said Harding.   Lucas LaBelle knew Antoine Tardif from their days in Acadie-Bathurst.  “After every practice we do the same thing in the shootouts.  It’s one of those moves that I always did on the pond back at home,” said Lucas LaBelle.

LaBelle was all over the ice against his former team.  “Both teams were hitting hard, the crowd got into it, we like to feed off the crowd’s momentum,” said LaBelle

Everyone was getting on Peter Delmas for his play after returning from Denver.  Some of the criticism was deserved.  Friday night he was rock solid.  He stopped breakaways at key points of the game.  As the game went on, he was like Boston Red Sox’s pitcher Jon Lester, he just kept getting as the game went on.  The Voltigeurs scored twice on the powerplay but you can’t blame him for those goals.  Harding knew Garrett Clarke’s holding penalty was a penalty.  “Garrett Clarke was holding the kid’s stick.  We know it, we saw it. What I am going to say about it?”  I had a perfect view of the play and I said to myself: “What’s the referee waiting for?”  Clarke’s penalty caused them to go down five on three and Dany Masse scored moments after.

Sunday the only bright other bright spot was some of the young guys stepping up to get the team back into it.  Ed Harding had some interesting points in today’s Sun Journal.

“Steeven Jacques, Dom Savoie and Pier-Oliver Morin really got us going,” Harding said. “They had a few good shifts, and I just kept putting them back out there. The other guys don’t want to play? We’ll play these younger guys.”

It will be interesting to see how much more ice time these guys get the next few games.  Could these kids get more confidence playing in front of the home crowd?

After going to see the Portland Pirates game on Saturday night and seeing physical hockey again.  I was brought back down to earth Sunday when the referees stepped in before Dominic Savoie and Mike Hoffman could dance.  It was disappointing to see the referees step in.  I read our friend Gilles Courteau was in attendance yesterday.

It’s That Time of the Month

It seems we get one juicy rumor a month.  This summer was Garrett Clarke and the start of the season was it Brett Gallant.  Hockey message boards are great to gathering information.  Sometimes someone wants to stir the pot.  This rumor wasn’t necessarily started on a message board but John Moore who does the play by play for the Mooseheads said the Maineiacs were going to be sold on Friday night.  He didn’t say who he heard it from.  Since then Mark Just has comeout and said the team isn’t for sale.  Why would Moore say that a week before the Mooseheads come to town?  Remember last year, the Fog Devils owner said the team wasn’t for sale, within two weeks the team was sold.

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.)