QMJHL Weekend Preview
Lewiston, ME (QMJHL) - The famous saying tells us that "home is where the heart is." For the Lewiston MAINEiacs, home has also been where the wins are. This season, the MAINEiacs have been a tough team to beat at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, having won 21 of the 28 games played on home ice. Eight of those victories have come in the 2011 calendar year, as Lewiston will ride a season-high eight-game home winning streak into this weekend. Recently, the MAINEiacs swept a four-game homestand, knocking off Rimouski, Chicoutimi, Shawinigan, and Cape Breton, while scoring 20 goals in the process. However, Lewiston will be looking to rebound from their most recent game, when they fell 5-3 to the Montreal Junior, after allowing four goals in the opening period.
The MAINEiacs enter the weekend with a 35-17-0-2 record (72 points), which puts them in second place in the Telus East Division, trailing the Quebec Remparts by seven points. Lewiston's point total is also good for fifth place overall, as they trail Drummondville by one point, while leading Acadie-Bathurst by two points, Shawinigan by three points, and Gatineau by four points.
This weekend will feature two key battles between the top two teams in the Telus East Division, as the Quebec Remparts visit the Androscoggin Bank Colisee for a pair of games. Quebec's record currently sits at 38-12-1-2 (79 points). Both teams have won two games in the season series, with the MAINEiacs earning a couple of 4-3 victories. The first came at home on November 3rd, when Cameron Critchlow broke a 3-3 tie with 5:54 left in the third period. The second took place on November 19th in Quebec, when Nicholas Champion's 34 saves were the difference. Both of the Remparts wins have come at Colisee Pepsi, where they defeated Lewiston 12-3 on September 17th, before a 4-2 final score occurred on November 21st.
Who's Hot for the MAINEiacs
23-F-Etienne Brodeur (has at least 1 point in 11 of his last 13 games)
55-D-Sam Carrier (has at least 1 point in 10 of his last 11 games)
44-D-Olivier Dame-Malka (has at least 1 point in 9 of his last 10 games)
17-F-Cole Hawes (has at least 1 point in 6 of his last 7 games)
31-G-Nicholas Champion (has won his last 2 decisions, stopping 58 of 64 shots in his last 3 appearances)
Learning the Opposition
Established in 1997
0 President's Cups
Notable Alumni: Angelo Esposito, Simon Gagne, Josh Hennessy, Alexander Radulov, Marc-Edouard Vlasic
NHL Draft Picks
Ryan Bourque (New York R.)
Joel Champagne (Toronto)
Louis Domingue (Phoenix)
Who to Watch for
18-F-Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (32 goals, 44 assists, 76 points in 53 games)
64-F-Joel Champagne (21 goals, 45 assists, 66 points in 53 games)
91-F-Ryan Bourque (24 goals, 24 assists, 48 points in 37 games)
14-F-Tomas Filippi (24 goals, 23 assists, 47 points in 48 games)
40-D-Martin Lefebvre (10 goals, 36 assists, 46 points in 51 games)
88-F-Frederick Roy (18 goals, 27 assists, 45 points in 50 games)
42-D-Alex Wall (5 goals, 36 assists, 41 points in 53 games)
37-G-Louis Domingue (29-9-2 record, 2.65 GAA, .892 Sv%, 2 shutouts in 44 games)
Lewiston Power Play: 39-for-228 (17.1%), 14th
Quebec Power Play: 58-for-211 (27.5%), 1st
Lewiston Penalty Kill: 231-for-281 (82.2%), 3rd
Quebec Penalty Kill: 129-for-160 (80.6%), T-6th
Lewiston 2, Quebec 2
Quebec 18, Lewiston 14, 2 ties
All-Time Series in Lewiston
Lewiston 9, Quebec 5, 2 ties
This Weekend in the Telus East Division
The top two teams in the Telus East Division haven't seen each other since November, but that will change this weekend, when the Quebec Remparts visit the Lewiston MAINEiacs for a pair of games at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee this weekend. Quebec currently leads Lewiston by seven points, meaning that the lead could be as low as three or as high as eleven by the end of the weekend. The series takes place on Friday and Saturday.
The Victoriaville Tigres have a pair of home games on the slate this weekend, as they attempt to add to their lead for third place in the division. Victoriaville will start by facing Halifax on Saturday, before welcoming Shawinigan to town on Sunday. The Tigres and Cataractes have met in both of the last two postseasons (1-1), and could be in line to see each other once again this spring.
The Chicoutimi Sagueneens made news this week, hiring Guy Carbonneau as their new head coach. Carbonneau will make his debut this weekend, when the Sagueneens travel to Rouyn-Noranda for a two-game series with the Huskies on Friday and Saturday. Chicoutimi has gone 3-1-0 since relieving Richard Martel of his duties.
The Rimouski Oceanic and Baie-Comeau Drakkar have both won just three of their last ten games, but have done so in different ways, as the two sides get set to clash this weekend at Centre Henry Leonard. The Drakkar are coming off of a two-game sweep of Rouyn-Noranda last weekend, while the Oceanic were swept in two games by Val-d'Or. The two defeats are part of Rimouski's current six-game losing skid.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL
For most of the season, this slot has belonged to the Saint John Sea Dogs, and that continues here, as the Sea Dogs are currently unbeaten in regulation in 16 consecutive games. Saint John will take the ice twice this weekend, starting with a road contest against the PEI Rocket on Friday night. Then, on Sunday, the Sea Dogs will return home (where they are 24-0-1-1) to meet with the Moncton Wildcats, who they humiliated 11-2 last week at Moncton Coliseum. So far this season, the Sea Dogs are 6-0 against the Wildcats with two head-to-head games remaining.
The Shawinigan Cataractes have climbed into third place in the Telus West Division, and this weekend, they will see the two teams they are currently looking up at. Shawinigan will get things going early this weekend, playing host to Drummondville on Thursday night. After that, Montreal will make an appearance at Centre Bionest on Friday, giving the Cataractes a rare Saturday and Sunday off.
Following their trip to Shawinigan, the Drummondville Voltigeurs will return to Centre Marcel Dionne for a pair of games with teams in the bottom part of the standings. Red hot Val-d'Or goes in first on Friday, having won five straight games. Then, on Sunday, Drummondville will welcome Halifax to town.
The Gatineau Olympiques have dropped six straight games, falling to fourth place in the Telus West Division and eighth place overall. Gatineau will look to some home cooking to turn things around, facing the reverse schedule that Drummondville has. The Olympiques will host Halifax on Friday and Val-d'Or on Saturday.
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan are in sixth place overall, trailing Lewiston by two points. The Titan will head up to Sydney this weekend for a two-game weekend set against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Cape Breton has been on the wrong end of five games in a row.
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