The well-oiled machine that is Drummondville never gave the Lewiston Maineiacs a chance Friday.

The Volts even spotted Lewiston a goal early in the first before unleashing a 54-shot barrage on goaltender Adrien Lemay, connecting on six of them to earn a 6-3 win in front of 2,634 at the Centre Marcel Dionne.

“They’re a team that likes to put the puck on the net whenever they get the chance,” Maineiacs coach Don MacAdam said. “They do a good job of that. I felt we played hard against the team some people feel is the best in the country. We battled hard.”

The Voltigeurs are retooled from last year’s team that won the President’s Cup, with several newcomers dotting the roster. But many of the same players remain, as does the team’s deadly power play.

“When our penalty-killers were on, they were excellent, but when we were off, we were way off,” MacAdam said. “Drummondville also does a good job of taking away the walls at the blue line and makes it very hard for us to get it out of the zone.”

The Volts and Maineiacs have squared off three times so far this season. Drummondville has won two of the three, taking each of the last two meetings by a combined score of 10-4 while outshooting Lewiston 95 to 48.

“There’s no shame in admitting they’re the better team,” MacAdam said, “but there are certainly things we can do better. They’re a great team, and watching the film from this game will be a great lesson to us.”

Adrien Lemay, back between the pipes after getting Wednesday’s game against Victoriaville off, stopped 48 of 54 in the loss, including 23 of 26 in the first period alone.

Francis Beauvillier, Lewiston’s top pick in last summer’s entry draft, had a strong game in the loss for the Maineiacs, registering his fifth goal of the season to go with an assist.

“The Beauvillier, (Alex) Beaton, (Pier-Olivier) Morin line had a great night,” MacAdam said. “They’ve played well the last couple of games and Beauvillier has been excellent for us this season.”

The Maineiacs also got Billy Lacasse back from injury Friday. The team’s captain was quiet in his first game back in two weeks.

Beauvillier put Lewiston on the board first early in the contest, beating Drummondville keeper Antoine Tardif for his fifth. The Volts reeled off three consecutive goals among their 26 first-period shots to take a two-goal advantage.

Beaton tightened things up with a goal 38 seconds into the second, while Charles Landry put the home squad back on top at 12:48. In the third, Stefan Fournier slid his second goal of the season past Tardif after Mathieu Milse had put the Volts ahead by three. Ondrej Palat capped the scoring late in the third on the power play.

Next up for the Maineiacs is a 4 p.m. matinee Saturday in Chicoutimi before a full week off.


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