QMJHL Weekend Preview
Lewiston, ME (QMJHL) - Ever since the beginning of October, the Lewiston MAINEiacs have been on quite a roll, winning 14 of their last 18 contests, including their last eight in a row. The recent streak started with three wins on the road, before the team swept through a five-game homestand. The first game in that homestand took place on November 3rd, when the MAINEiacs picked up a 4-3 victory over the Quebec Remparts. After that, Lewiston took care of Val-d'Or twice, as well as Baie-Comeau twice. With the eight-game winning streak, the MAINEiacs now have a 16-7-0-2 record (34 points), which puts them just two points behind Quebec for the top spot in the Telus East Divison.
As luck would have it, the Remparts will be one of two opponents this weekend for Lewiston, who hits the road for three games in three days. The MAINEiacs will visit Quebec on Friday and Sunday, with Shawinigan sandwiched in the middle on Saturday. The Remparts currently lead the Telus East Division with a 17-4-0-2 record (36 points), while the Cataractes are in third place in the Telus West Division, posting a mark of 14-6-1-1 (30 points). Lewiston and Quebec have split two head-to-head matches, while Shawinigan won the lone meeting of the season between they and the MAINEiacs thus far.
Who's Hot for the MAINEiacs
23-F-Etienne Brodeur (has at least 1 point in each of his last 8 games)
68-F-Jess Tanguy (has at least 1 point in each of his last 6 games)
26-F-Michael Chaput (has at least 1 point in 7 of his last 9 games)
44-D-Olivier Dame-Malka (has at least 1 point in 7 of his last 9 games)
19-F-Pierre-Olivier Morin (has at least 1 point in 6 of his last 8 games)
31-G-Nicholas Champion (has won 12 of his last 13 starts)
Learning the Opposition (Friday & Sunday)
Established in 1997
0 President's Cups
Notable Alumni: Simon Gagne, Martin Grenier, Josh Hennessy, Alexander Radulov, Marc-Edouard Vlasic
NHL Draft Picks
Ryan Bourque (NYR)
Joel Champagne (TOR)
Louis Domingue (PHX)
Who to Watch for
18-F-Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (12 goals, 28 assists, 40 points in 23 games)
64-F-Joel Champagne (13 goals, 21 assists, 34 points in 23 games)
14-F-Tomas Filippi (13 goals, 11 assists, 24 points in 23 games)
91-F-Ryan Bourque (9 goals, 11 assists, 20 points in 15 games)
42-D-Alex Wall (3 goals, 17 assists, 20 points in 23 games)
37-G-Louis Domingue (14-3-1 record, 2.39 GAA, .897 Sv%, 1 shutout in 18 games)
Learning the Opposition (Saturday)
Established in 1969
0 President's Cups
Notable Alumni: Marc-Andre Bergeron, Alexandre Burrows, Pascal Dupuis, Patrick Lalime, Stephane Robidas
NHL Draft Picks
Michael Bournival (MTL)
Benjamin Casavant (WSH)
Dave Labrecque (PHI)
Who to Watch for
78-F-Michael Bournival (11 goals, 17 assists, 28 points in 19 games)
54-F-Maximilien Le Sieur (11 goals, 13 assists, 24 points in 22 games)
56-F-Dave Labrecque (9 goals, 9 assists, 18 points in 16 games)
24-D-Marc-Antoine Goyette (3 goals, 9 assists, 12 points in 21 games)
38-G-Gabriel Girard (10-4-2 record, 2.44 GAA, .919 Sv%, 1 shutout in 16 games)
Lewiston Power Play: 18-for-99 (18.2%), 12th
Quebec Power Play: 27-for-82 (32.9%), 1st
Shawinigan Power Play: 20-for-78 (25.6%), 6th
Lewiston Penalty Kill: 104-for-125 (83.2%), 4th
Quebec Penalty Kill: 53-for-67 (79.1%), 8th
Shawinigan Penalty Kill: 61-for-80 (76.2%), 14th
Lewiston 1, Quebec 1
Shawinigan 1, Lewiston 0
Quebec 19, Lewiston 13
Shawinigan 19, Lewiston 7, 2 ties
All-Time Series on the Road
Quebec 12, Lewiston 4
Shawinigan 10, Lewiston 2, 2 ties
This Weekend in the Telus East Division
The Quebec Remparts will get a jump start on the rest of the division this weekend, as they will get things started on Thursday night with a home game against the Gatineau Olympiques. After that, the MAINEiacs will be in town on Friday and Sunday, as Lewiston and Quebec will both play three games in four days.
Lewiston's other opponent this weekend will be the Shawinigan Cataractes, who will start the weekend by hosting the Victoriaville Tigres on Friday night. Following their game in Shawinigan, the Tigres will have Saturday off, before playing host to Rimouski in a divisional showdown on Sunday.
When all is said and done this weekend, the Rimouski Oceanic could find themselves as high as third place, or as low as fifth place in the Telus East Division. Rimouski currently sits in fourth place, trailing Victoriaville by one point, while leading Chicoutimi by that identical margin. Prior to Sunday's contest against the Tigres, the Oceanic will host Drummondville on Friday in a rematch of last year's second round playoff series.
The Chicoutimi Sagueneens will be on home ice for a pair of games this weekend. On Friday night, the Sagueneens play host to Gatineau, and on Saturday night, the Montreal Junior will invade the Centre Georges Vezina.
Thanks to a pair of defeats last weekend in Lewiston, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar are still looking to put an end to their 23-game winless streak. This weekend, the Drakkar return to their own stomping grounds to take on Montreal and Gatineau. Earlier this month, the Olympiques edged out Baie-Comeau 1-0 in overtime.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL
The Saint John Sea Dogs have picked up at least one point in nine straight games (8-0-1), and will look to continue that streak against two of the better clubs from their division. The Sea Dogs will play a pair of road games, facing Acadie-Bathurst on Saturday and Moncton on Sunday.
Following a 6-1 loss in Halifax on Wednesday, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies will continue their road trip through the Maritimes Division this weekend with three games in three days. The Huskies and Mooseheads will meet for the second time on Friday, before Rouyn-Noranda finishes the weekend in Moncton on Saturday and in Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday. The Huskies will be looking to end a 13-game skid.
Nearby rival Val-d'Or is joining Rouyn-Noranda for the voyage through the Maritimes, as they will play three games in four days. The Foreurs will visit both Nova Scotia teams, battling Cape Breton on Thursday and Halifax on Saturday, before finishing the weekend in PEI on Sunday.
The lone other game in the QMJHL this week sees PEI travel to Cape Breton on Friday.
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