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MAINEiacs captain, Marc-Andre Cliche to play for Team Canada at World Junior Hockey Championship

Lewiston, ME - MAINEiacs captain Marc-Andre Cliche made history, as he is the first ever Lewiston MAINEiacs player to make Team Canada's world junior team. Cliche will try and lead Team Canada to their third straight gold medal at the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship, held from December 26, 2006 to January 5, 2007 in Ledsank/Mora Sweden.

Three other players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were selected with Cliche to represent the league and their conutry. They are forwards Brad Marchand (Val-d'Or), as well as returning defensemen Luc Bourdon (Moncton) and Kristopher Letang (Val-d'Or).

Unfortunately MAINEiacs goaltender Jonathan Bernier didn't make the cut and will return to the team. Other QMJHL players to be sent back to their respective teams include Mathieu Perreault (Titan), Claude Giroux (Olympiques), and Angelo Esposito (Remparts). Nevertheless, they all remain eligible for next year's tournament.

The ten teams participating in the tournament will be divided-up into two groups: A and B. Group A includes Canada, Slovakia, Germany, Sweden and the United-States, while group B is made up of Russia, Finland, Switzerland, Belarus and the Czech Republic.

MAINEiacs head Coach and GM, Clem Jodoin (assistant coach for Team Canada) will help coach Team Canada in playing two exhibition games before their quest for the Gold Medal: in Helsinki on Wednesday, December 20, versus Finland and in Stockholm on Friday, December 22, versus Sweden.

Thereafter, Canada meets Sweden as the tournament officially kicks-off on December 26.

To consult the list of invitees and the schedule, please go to www.hockeycanada.com.
 

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Mooseheads recall forward Mike MacIsaac

Halifax Mooseheads General Manager Marcel Patenaude today announced the recall of 18-year-old (Jan. 01, 1988) forward Mike MacIsaac.

MacIsaac, 5'10', 170 lb, was signed by the Mooseheads as a free agent Feb. 07, 2006. He has been playing with the Summerside Western Capitals in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League this season, where he leads the team in scoring with 27 goals and 31 assists, including 7 power play goals and 2 shorthanded markers, along with 157 penalty minutes. MacIsaac's 51 points ranks him seventh on the MJAHL points list.

MacIsaac will join the Mooseheads tomorrow for their home game against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Mooseheads host the Screaming Eagles Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
 

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MAINEiacs extend first place lead with 4-2 victory over 2nd place Val d'Or

Lewiston, ME - In the battle of league heavyweights, it was the MAINEiacs who walked away with 2 points doubling up the Val d'Or Foreurs 4-2. The game maintained a high intensity through 60 minutes and the 2,958 fans at the Colisée were treated to a playoff atmosphere.

In the first period, 16-year old Danick Paquette opened the scoring triggering a barrage of thousands of teddy bears that were launched onto the ice as part of the State Farm Teddy Toss. All bears were collected and will be distributed to area charities in time for the holidays. Pierre-Luc Faubert extended the MAINEiacs lead with his 18th on the season. Val d'Or would battle back Peter-James Corsi would tally his 5th of the year before the end of the opening frame.

In the second, Stefan Chaput would tip a Kevin Marshall point shot to regain the 2 goal lead. Val d'Or again would battle back as Alexandre Leduc would notch his 2nd goal of the year only a minute later. The insurance marker would come as Faubert would tally his second of the game and 19th on the season with the help of Crete and Marshall on the powerplay.

MAINEiacs 16-year old netminder Peter Delmas would record the win in a stellar performance having faced 29 shots.

The MAINEiacs are back on home ice tomorrow night to face off against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies where a guaranteed $1,000 will be given away by means of "Last Fan Standing" if attendance reaches 3,000 or through Lewy's Loot Shoot which has carried over for the past 5 games ($200 per game).

Final Shots on goal:

1 2 3 Tot

Lewiston 5 13 9 27

Cape Breton 13 9 7 29

3 Stars:

1st Star Faubert (Lew)

2nd Star Marshall (Lew)

3rd Star Delmas (Lew)

Attendance: 2,082

For a complete game summary - click: Welcome on the official QMJHL web site
 

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MAINEiacs go home for Christmas with 2 points after a 3-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda

Lewiston, ME - MAINEiacs 16-year old rookie netminder Peter Delmas is making the most of his opportunities in the absence of Jonathan Bernier as he was stellar for the second night in a row. Eric Castonguay opened the scoring in the first on the powerplay with the help of Marshall and Perron. In the second, the MAINEiacs found themselves trailing after a pair of goals by the Huskies, (Dubuc & Riendeau).

In the third, the MAINEiacs came out flying, tying the score in the opening minute as Stefano Giliati would notch his 13th from Marshall and Daneau. Despite a strong effort by the huskies in the second half of the third, it would Eric Castonguay would score the game winner, his second of the evening. MAINEiacs Kevin Marshall recorded another strong performance with assists on all three MAINEiacs goals.

The players are now on Christmas break and will return on Boxing Day (December 26th) in preparation for their next game, December 27th against the Moncton Wildcats. That game is a Wet Wednesday ($2 domestic beers) and also stick giveaway night.

Tonight's contestant in Lewy's Loot Shoot took home $1000 cash for successfully hitting an open net from center ice.

Final Shots on goal:

1 2 3 Tot

Lewiston 9 11 9 29

Rouyn-Noranda 7 11 13 31

3 Stars:

1st Star Castonguay (Lew)

2nd Star Delmas (Lew)

3rd Star Marshall (Lew)

Attendance: 2,483

For a complete game summary - click: Welcome on the official QMJHL web site
 
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