Even in defeat, Adrien Lemay was the most impressive player on the ice Sunday in Drummondville.

The Lewiston Maineiacs’ 20-year-old netminder kept his team in the game as long as he could with a long list of highlight-reel saves, but the Maineiacs ultimately fell short against the Voltigeurs as the home team skated to a 3-1 victory at the Marcel Dionne Centre.

“We got out-battled,” Lewiston coach J.F. Houle said. “They were the better team tonight. Adrien made a lot of big saves to keep it close.”

Lemay allowed a pair of goals early while the team in front of him struggled to penetrate the Volts’ defenses. Lewiston didn’t get its first shot on Drummondville keeper Jake Allen until the second half of the first period, and even then the Maineiacs hardly put enough pressure on the league’s top goaltender.

“We need to shoot more, for sure,” Houle said. “Our power play was just abysmal tonight. They were aggressive on the PK, and out power play couldn’t handle it.”

Six power plays came and went for the Maineiacs with little change to their offensive attack. Lewiston managed just 16 shots to the Volts’ 46 on the afternoon, and eight of those came in the final frame with the team in desperation mode.

Down by a pair in the third, Pierre-Olivier Morin made it a one-goal game with his 17th of the season at 4:23 of the final frame. Jonathan Brunelle put Drummondville back on top by two four minutes later, and Lewiston couldn’t muster any more offense.

“(Michael) Chaput had a great chance back door to make it 2-2, but he missed the net and that was it,” Houle said.

Playing in Drummondville has been rough on Lewiston in the last season and a half. In three games this season at the Marcel Dionne Centre, the Voltigeurs are 3-0 and have outscored Lewiston 16-7. In six games in 2008-09 at that rink, including playoffs, the Volts were 6-0, outscoring Lewiston 48-13.

“I don;t think it’s the building, it’s just the team,” Houle said. “I keep telling the guys, they can’t look at it by age, but they have to believe in their ability. I believe they tried hard, they just got out-battled.”

The Maineiacs play their first of three in a row against Shawinigan in their final road game on this three-game swing Tuesday at the Centre Bionest. The Cataractes visit the Androscoggin Bank Colisee for a pair of games Friday and Saturday.


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