Maine Hockey Journal

Cape Breton Soars Past Lewiston

Sydney, NS– It was a long night for the Lewiston Maineiacs as they were shutout by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5-0. The game didn’t start off on the right foot for Lewiston as they went down 3-0 before the intermission. They also lost their captain, Danick Paquette for the second Friday in a row for his actions on the ice. He instigated a fight with Mathieu Brodeur and was shown the gate. Chris Culligan and Nick MacNeil each had three points. Olivier Roy was solid, as he stopped all 22 shots he saw.

After a slow start to the game, Marc Bourgeois and Michael Stinziani dropped the gloves at center ice. Bourgeois won the fight by a technical knockout. The scrap fired up one team. That team had the 6-1 record coming into the contest.

The Maineiacs looked like they were going on the man advantage when Robert Slaney got called for slashing but Michael Chaput was also called for checking from behind. Jérémy Gouchie took the puck into the Maineiacs’ zone and split the defense to make it 1-0 Cape Breton at the 9:51 mark. Assists went to Samuel Finn and Mathieu Brodeur.

Chris Culligan would have his own breakaway and potted his fifth of the season with 6:39 remaining. It just came right after the Maineiacs powerplay came to an end. It was an unassisted tally.

Danick Paquette was hitting everyone in his path. He dropped the gloves with Mathieu Brodeur. He also got an instigator penalty tacked on therefore his night was done. Nick MacNeil gave the Screaming Eagles the 3-0 lead on the powerplay at the 16:32 mark. Murdock MacLellan and Robert Slaney picked up assists on the goal. Lewiston would pick up a few penalties before the intermission. Michael Chaput’s delay of game penalty carried into the second period.

It was more of the same to start the second period. Four seconds in, Denis Reul got called for a minor penalty. The Screaming Eagles would capitalize on the ensuing 5-3 powerplay. They worked the puck down low, Peter Delmas made the initial stop but Michael Stinziani put home the rebound. The powerplay tally came 59 seconds into the stanza. Nick MacNeil and Chris Culligan got their second points of the game.

It wasn’t like Lewiston didn’t have their chances because they did. The Maineiacs had three powerplays in the second. Maxime Gratchev had a great scoring chance when he came out of the box at the 12:12 mark. Lewiston threw the puck into the offensive zone but it was a little too far for Gratchev to get complete control. Olivier Roy was solid all night. He made great saves during Chris Culligan’s penalty. Alexander Beaton thought he could snipe the far corner but Roy was able to flash the leather. He also made some other saves right after Beaton’s shot.

Lewiston continued to go to the sin bin in the third period. Garrett Clarke visited the box just 28 seconds into the third. When he stepped out of the box, Denis Reul stepped in at the 2:30 mark. The Maineiacs were able to kill off both penalties to the defensemen.

Cape Breton had a chance when Michael Stinziani took a shot but Delmas was able to make the stop on Lewiston’s powerplay. Robert Slaney was in the box for the Screaming Eagles. Robert Slaney would go to the box again when he was called for slashing after the whistle. Eric Gelinas thought he got all of his blast but Roy was able to flash the glove once again.

Nick MacNeil would add his second powerplay goal of the game with 3:49 remaining. Alex Beaton was able to block a shot at the top of the point but went down, Cape Breton worked in down low and MacNeil lit the lamp. Chris Culligan and Robert Slaney added the assists.

Peter Delmas made 28 saves on 33 shots. Olivier Roy didn’t have a difficult night as he turned away all 22 shots he saw. It was another power outage for Lewiston’s powerplay as they went 0 for 7. The Screaming Eagles went 3 for 12 with the man advantage. The three stars were:

3. Olivier Roy (Cape Breton)

2. Chris Culligan (Cape Breton)

1. Nick MacNeil (Cape Breton)

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