LEWISTON – There isn’t a league-wide conspiracy to snuff out the Lewiston Maineiacs’ hopes of ever being successful, no matter how compelling your neighbor’s argument might be.

But there have been an inordinate number of penalties called against the team this season, according to Maineiacs head coach and general manager Clem Jodoin.

“Some of them, yes, we took some stupid penalties,” said Jodoin three days after returning from the team’s season-opening road trip. “But some of them, let’s just say they were questionable.”

Stefan Chaput and Kevin Marshall lead the way in penalty minutes right now with 22 each in six games. Of the 18 goals Lewiston has allowed this year (a collective goals against average of just 3.00), only seven have come with the teams at even strength. The Maineiacs have allowed 10 goals with at least a one-man disadvantage, and have also allowed one shorthanded goal on their own power play.

“This is part of the game now,” said Jodoin. “We will work on the power play for an extra half hour before practice every day for two weeks. If we still don’t have it down, we’ll keep doing it. It is important to have a good power play now.”

About time

The glow in Jakub Bundil’s eyes was clearly visible.

“I cannot wait,” said the towering Slovakian forward, who will make his season debut for the Maineiacs tonight in the team’s home opener. “I just want to play hockey.”

Bundil and countryman Michal Korenko have been in Lewiston all season, unable to join the team thanks to visa troubles. They watched from home as Lewiston won four of six on the road, and waited patiently for the team to return for their chance to play.

“Michal brings us a solid blue line presence,” said Jodoin. “He is a veteran, he plays well in his own zone and he has good first passes. This is what we need this year.”

Bundil, Jodoin said, will also slip right in, taking his place alongside Simon Courcelles and David Perron on the Maineiacs’ third line.

Promotions galore

The Maineiacs have unveiled a new promotional schedule this season, hoping to attract more casual fans to each game. Starting this weekend and recurring every Friday night at home, the Maineiacs will give away $1,000 to one lucky fan in a promotion called “Last Fan Standing.”

Also upcoming are a Halloween night, on Friday the 13th, and the first Family Fun Day, on Sunday, Oct. 15. Every home game on a Sunday will allow for fans to purchase four tickets, four hot dogs or popcorns, and four sodas for $44.

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