LEWISTON — The Lewiston Maineiacs will, for the second consecutive day, hit the ice hard Friday, with a pair of early practice sessions, followed by a short break and then another intrasquad game, the second in the L/A Cup challenge.

Keep on coming back here throughout the day as we bring you live updates from the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

8:54 p.m. – Fournier ties it for Lewy briefly, only to have Lalonde put Auburn back on top. Jess Tanguy misses Lewiston’;s last chance, and Team Auburn wins the L/A Cup by a goal. This will be the last live entry on this blog tonight.

8:52 p.m. – Houde-Caron extends the lead to 17-13 Auburn, Henley gets one back for Lewiston, 17-14…and Brodeur makes it 17-15 with a dandy…and MacDonald brings the Lewy players to within one with an off-the-poster.

8:51 p.m. – The game ends with Team Lewy down by three. On to the shootout to ultimately decide the winner.

8:43 p.m. – Critchlow makes it another for the vets, and another for Auburn on passes from Bissonette and Carrier. The vets have ruled this camp, as it should be.

8:36 p.m. – And of course, as I say it, Team White scores to go on top by two goals. This goal is credited to Beauvillier, from Bissonette and Morin.

8:33 p.m. – The game has really tightened up in this third period. No goals this frame yet, and the goalies are now Champion for blue and Bibeau for white.

8:12 p.m. – Dame-Malka blown up at center by Coonishish-Coon…Malka slow to get up, shakes his head, and then glides back to the bench. Yikes. Second period comes to an end, with Team Auburn still holding a one-goal edge as the teams each scored one goal that frame.

8:09 p.m. – With 2:37 to play in the second period, Team Auburn goes back on top by one on a Bissonette goal, assist to Antonacci.

8:04 p.m. – After a long dry spell, Tanguy lights the lamp for Lewiston, and we’re all tied up at 13-13.

7:50 p.m. – Goalie changes for the second: Now in for Team Lewiston is Piercy. Now in for Auburn is Makarov. We’re getting our first look at the Russian. (and on cue, he makes a spectacular save).

7:43 p.m. – A quick note to change the scoring format here, the team has stopped counting goals from only tonight, and will be piling all goals onto the aggregate total on the scoreboard. In addition, we are being told, the shootout totals from last night (2-1 in favor of Auburn) are also being included in the aggregate. So, for those not entirely confused yet, we are at 13-12 in favor of Auburn with two periods to play.

7:34 p.m. – Harvey from Finn for Team Lewiston with seven seconds to play in the first, and we go to the first break with Team Lewiston on top 3-2, and the teams even on aggregate.

7:30 p.m. – Team Auburn evens the game up on an Alex Zafiris tally, and assist to Cameron Critchlow. This game much more resembles a legit game. Less cherrypicking, and fewer defensive lapses.

7:22 p.m. – Team Lewiston goal by Henley on a feed from Matt Myers after Godin got burned at the offensive blue line. Lewiston leads this game, 2-1, and we’re all square on aggregate.

7:16 p.m. – Cole MacDonald gets a gift from Kennedy on a bad clear and nets a goal, his second in as many days, to even the game at 1-1.

7:12 p.m. – Christophe Lalonde lasers a wrister to the top glove corner over Kelly for the game’s first goal, giving Team Auburn a 1-0 lead, and a two-goal lead on aggregate.

7:10 p.m. – Kennedy starts for Team Auburn (white), while Nathan Kelly suits up for Team Lewiston (blue).

7:05 p.m. – Player introductions tonight. New twist, and tonight’s MC didn’t trip over Athansopoulos…bonus! Special presentation to the honorary captains, signed sticks.

6:47 p.m. – The teams have just finished pregame warmups for the second of two intrasquad games. Ice machine is circling, and we’ll get things going in a second. Lineups are the same, no trades and no additions, save for Makarov, the Russian goalie, who will suit up for Team Auburn.

12:47 p.m. – This will be my last entry until tonight’s game, the second in the L/A Cup challenge. The players are back out on the ice for a half hour of skills work at their respective positions. Just spoke with Connor Anthoine. Great interview, great personality. Look for more from him online later on today, in video form.

Thanks to everyone who’s following along, we’ll chat soon!

12:29 p.m. – The players are off aftere the first session. We’ll get some new ice, and then back to it again for Team Lewiston.

11:50 a.m. – Coach Houle none too happy with the players in that drill, barking at the players who he said “need to show some intensity.” The forwards in the drill weren’t calling for their passes, and were getting a bit sloppy. Drill ends, a lap around the ice, and then back to the drawing board, literally, for a new drill.

11:34 a.m. – Same drills for Team Lewiston that Team Auburn had in the first session this morning. Some good action for the goalies early, and this group seems a bit more vocal and a bit more up-tempo that the first group today. Also, and probably helping, Stefan Chaput and Patrick Cusack have joined this bunch. Stef Chaput will likely see the bulk of his time this year in Charlotte for the AHL’s Checkers, while Cusack is reportedly headed to the ECHL.

11:18 a.m. – The blue team, Team Lewiston, is on the ice for its first session. In the group, we have still three missing players this session – Brayden Wood, Michael Chaput and Oskar Orrpars. Chaput, if this was a playoff game, he’d play. The others, not so much…

10:47 a.m. – The team is back on the ice for its indiviidual skills and drills, position-specific. The goalies have retired to their room, though. Kind of a nice, low-key way to end a practice. Got some great stuff from Beuvillier, Henley, Kennedy, GM Roger Shannon and coach Reb Bourcier for a new video that should roll out this afternoon or this evening. Stay tuned!

10:08 a.m. – The team’s first on-ice session is nearing completion. They’ll take 15 minutes, do the ice, and come back with some individual skills work with Team Auburn. I am still impressed this morning by Beauvillier, Malka and Houde-Caron, although those are all guys that, in training camp, I SHOULD be impressed with at this point.

10:03 a.m. – An interesting, close-quarters drill in one zone. One net at one end of the circle, the other on the other side, and two-on-two battles in between, with goalies. Made for some tight skating. Now, goals positioned back to back between the circles in one zone, goalies in position, and a pair of 3-on-2s on each side.

9:47 a.m. – Another reason Makarov isn’t out there this morning, even he’d begged to be: His gear isn’t entirely here yet.

“It’s not lost or anything, just hasn’t arrived from the company yet,” Assistant GM Tim Schurman said. “We expect it around noon-time.”

9:39 a.m. – The drills a bit more situational today, too, with more 3-on-2s and backchecking. Here’s the hard skating that was missing early. Passing in one zone, a signal and a full-on break to the other end, 3-on-2 with three backcheckers and two defenseman joining the rush. Extras are taking a few extra shots at the odd goalie out.

9:24 a.m. – Christophe Lalonde has not taken the ice this morning for Team Auburn. He’s sitting directly below the press box here at the Colisee with a white compression wrap on his right leg, from thigh to upper calf. On the ice, the workouts are a bit different than yesterday, a bit less frantic. Still up-tempo, but a bit more time in between drills. One thing I’m noticing this morning is better passing. Perhaps a point of emphasis from the coaches this morning?

9:06 a.m. – Today we get to see how in shape these kids are. A third day in a row of workouts, and yesterday, with the game, amounted to a triple session. The warmup laps this morning are a bit more casual and slower-paced.

8:55 a.m. – The ice machine cometh. Goalies are off the ice as the surface gets a new covering for Team Auburn’s 9 a.m. skate. The teams went in opposite order Thursday, and Team Lewiston gets the extra hour of sleep this morning. Aside from the late-arriving Makarov, this group is relatively healthy, and is fresh off its 11-9 win (including 2-1 in the shootout) at last night’s L/A Cup opener.

8:45 a.m. – Not a morning person, but thankfully, most of these hockey players are, or play one well on TV. First session this morning is a Team Auburn goalies-only session, which features just a pair of keepers, Jordan Kennedy and Antoine Bibeau. Russian Andrey Makarov arrived stateside at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, and has been given the morning off to try and work through the expected jet lag. Look for him to make his on-ice debut this afternoon. Meanwhile, this morning, P-O Morin and Sam Carrier, two of the Maineiacs’ veterans, have joined the team’s goalie coach, Reg Bourcier, on the ice for the session. The team is high on Bibeau as a potential goalie of the future, and Kennedy has come back into camp this year with a lot more confidence.


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