LEWISTON —  Zach Shannon played his best game of the preseason Sunday afternoon, but it’s what he did following the 60 minutes of regulation time that mattered most for the Lewiston Maineiacs.

Shannon banked the puck off the lower left post, under goaltender Dwaine Rodrigue’s blocker hand and into the back of the net on the Maineiacs’ sixth shootout attempt Sunday afternoon to lift the team to a 4-3 win over Drummondville. The win is the team’s first of the preseason in two tries, and avenges an 8-2 setback Saturday in Drummondville.

“It was far more consistent than (Saturday),” coach Don MacAdam said. “It was deer in the headlights with a number of guys … (Sunday) we had a stronger lineup, no question.”

The Maineiacs gave Jordan Kennedy, who started Saturday and had a rough go of it, another start Sunday. He allowed just one goal on 10 shots in the opening frame before giving way to starter Adrien Lemay for the second and third stanzas.

“The reason we wanted to start him, we wanted to make sure he was over those butterflies from the first day,” MacAdam said.

Veterans Billy Lacasse, Sam Finn, Eric Gelinas, Sam Carrier, Sebastien Trudeau and Alexis Piette were all in the lineup Sunday. It was Piette who forced extra shots in the shootout with a goal on the Maineiacs’ third attempt. Alexandre Comptois scored the Drummondville shootout goal.

The Maineiacs were forced to play catch-up all night. Ryan McKiernan gave the Volts a 1-0 lead just 37 seconds into the game on the power play. It was the only goal of the opening frame.

In the second, the Maineiacs twice tied the game, only to have Drummondville again jump out in front by a goal.

Stefan Fournier, one of this summer’s acquisitions, made it 1-1 early in the second, and Sebastien Trudeau offset a Mathieu Guertin goal later in the period to even the game at 2-2.

“When you get behind, and you’re playing a team as good as Drummondville, you may never catch up,” MacAdam said.

Sean Couturier made it 3-2 late in the second, but Fournier struck again for Lewiston in the third to force a shootout. The teams did not play an overtime period.

Lewiston’s next preseason game is Friday in Shawinigan, and the team’s next home game is Sunday, also against Shawinigan.

Transactions beat deadline

The Maineiacs announced late Sunday that they have acquired the rights to 20-year-old winger Samuel Grenache from the Montreal Junior. The return is a conditional draft pick that will start out as a third-round selection in 2011, and may change depending on other moves the team may make in the future.

“I spoke to him this afternoon and he can’t wait to get here,” Lewiston GM Roger Shannon said. “He wanted to come today, and we told him, ‘OK, slow down a bit.’ He wanted to be in the lineup today, and this was at 1:40 this afternoon, and I said, ‘Samuel, are you going to fly into Lewiston and play at 4 o’clock?’ And he said, ‘I would if I could.’ He’ll be on his way and be here tomorrow.”

Shannon said Grenache will slot into the lineup as a top-six forward, and will add a dimension of grit to the squad.

“He’s a tough, hard-nosed, first-line player, and we’re real excited to get him,” Shannon said. “He’ll come in here and really bring some strength and depth to our forwards. It’s a bonus to have a kid like this to surround the younger kids around.”

In an unrelated move, the Maineiacs sent 19-year-old defenseman Dany Coulombe to the Quebec Remparts late Sunday for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 QMJHL draft, giving the Maineiacs five picks in the fifth round next summer. Coulombe spent last season with the Maineiacs, and will join four other former Lewiston roster players on the Remparts’ squad — Patrick Cusack, Danick Paquette, Peter Delmas and Dominic Savoie.

The league’s trade deadline for non-European skaters aged 16-19 was Sunday night at 11:59 p.m.

Affiliation time

The Maineiacs released four more players from camp Sunday night, lowering the number of players in camp to 31 (32 including Grenache).

Marc-Antoine Rousseau, Jared Hicks, Luke Dillman and Alex Lepine were told Sunday night that they would remain on the team’s protected list, and would be junior-affiliated, meaning they could play later this season for the Maineiacs in case of an injury.

The moves will likely be the last involving Quebec-based players, given that CEGEP rules dictate that players know where they will be taking classes through the first semester by Monday. This appears to indicate that Julien Houle, Sam Henley, Francis Beauvillier and Jean-Francois Plante have conditionally made the roster, though the team did not confirm as much Sunday.


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