LEWISTON – David Taylor wasted little time getting on the score sheet for the Lewiston Maineiacs, but he has few expectations beyond what he has already accomplished.

“It was nice (to get the assist),” Taylor said in his native French. “But it’s not about that right now. The team told me there is no pressure on me right now, and I really don’t feel any of that.”

Taylor had the typical reaction most call-ups get when they first step onto the ice – a small case of awe.

“The game is much faster, and the guys here are much bigger,” said Taylor.

And, in his first game with the Maineiacs, Taylor played a shift or two with the team’s big guns, Marc-Andre Cliche and Mathieu Aubin.

“They’re two excellent players,” said Taylor. “They will help me get used to the league, for sure.

“They were very patient with me.”

Taylor also started Sunday’s game, and nearly scored on his first shift. According to head coach Clem Jodoin, Taylor will be along for the ride, gaining experience each game.

“He’s going to play some games, he’s going to be in some games, and some games he’s going to be out. For him, it’s practicing at another level,” said Jodoin.

Taylor is ready to contribute in any manner possible.

“I’m very happy to come here, and I’m happy I get a chance to help another team, maybe, in the playoffs,” said Taylor.

WWSWD?

Anthony Pototschnik’s flying elbow on Lewiston forward Jakub Bundil in the second period against St. John’s on Sunday sent tempers flaring on the Maineiacs’ bench, much like the Fog Devils have done all season to several teams.

Instead of going after Pototschnik, or any other Fog Devil, the Maineiacs stayed put.

“Obviously with a hit like that, we all get mad at the same time,” said Maineiacs captain Marc-Andre Cliche. “But we have to control ourselves when that happens. Like when we were little kids, we just have to remember his number for the next shift.”

That reaction, though, begged the question: What would Sheldon Wenzel do?

“There would have been a lot of fights with these guys, I think,” said Jodoin. “But, what do you want to see? Do you want to see fights or nice plays and speed?”

Come on, ride the…bull?

Fans who show up to the Colisee a bit early tonight will have a chance to try out something new. Thanks to Club Texas of Auburn and the Oxford Fair, fans will have an opportunity to ride a mechanical bull.

“We thought it would be a good opportunity for the fans to try out something new,” said Marc Gosselin, the Maineiacs’ director of ticket sales. “It’s certainly not the same old thing, and it should be a blast to watch, even if you don’t want to ride.”

Patrons will have to pay to ride the bull, and all proceeds will benefit the Oxford Fair.

Sound upgrade

Just in time for the playoffs, the Colisee is updating its sound system, thanks to a large sum of “non-city” money.

Crews from L-A Music Factory were at the Colisee on Tuesday morning installing components.

Also in the works are television monitors for the front lobby of the building, which will take longer to install. Those monitors will show the game in progress, as well as advertisements for upcoming events.


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