Maine Hockey Journal

Yetman Leads the Mooseheads

Lewiston, Me– Throw away Mark Yetman’s stat sheet because it wasn’t needed for the game against the Maineiacs. He was stellar as he turned aside all 43 shots he faced against the hometown team. The Halifax Mooseheads left the Androscoggin Bank Colisee with the 2-0 victory. Ned O’Brien and Chad Earle were the goal scorers. Peter Delmas had the night off. Phillip Wright stopped 18 shots in the loss.

The Mooseheads had the first opportunity when they went on the powerplay. Phillip Wright stopped Jessyko Benard who was deep in the slot. Wright made another save at the end of the powerplay. Lucas LaBelle went to the box at the 7:10 mark for cross-checking. With 30 seconds left in LaBelle penalty, Ned O’Brien found room under the left pad. Linden Bahm and Justin Pender grabbed the assists. The goal came at the 12:38 mark.

Danick Paquette and Scott McDonald each got two minutes for delay of game. Lewiston would go on a 4 on 3 powerplay when Gabriel O’Connor went to the box. The Maineiacs had a chances but either the puck bounced off of a stick or a player couldn’t get wood on the shot. The Mooseheads would go up 2-0 when Chad Earle found the top shelf on a 2 on 1. Bahm and Gerrard Grant got the helpers on the goal at the 12:38 mark.

With 2:35 left, Lewiston would go on their third powerplay. Mark Yetman flashed the leather early on in the powerplay. That was the Maineiacs best opportunity on the man advantage.

Lewiston had a powerplay early on when Richard Greer went to the sin bin for cross-checking. Maineiacs couldn’t set anything up. Soon after the powerplay ended, Garrett Clarke took a slashing call when he slashed Mark Yetman. The powerplay might not have been working but the penalty kill had a nice 2 on 1 chance. Yetman made the stop before the puck crossed the line.

Steeven Jacques hard work continued in this contest. After a flurry of shot’s on Halifax’s netminder, he rang one off the crossbar. The fans behind the goal thought it was a goal but the officials upstairs confirmed it was a no goal.

Ed Harding was impressed with Jacques with his recent play. “He’s got very good offensive instincts. He’s got a pretty good touch around the net,” said Harding. “I think the Jacques-(Pier-Olivier) Morin-Paquette is a pretty good line.”

The Maineiacs went back on the man advantage. Ben MacAskill sat for two minutes for interference. Mark Yetman allowed a rebound but his defenseman cleared the puck.

Halifax would go on the powerplay with 2:41 remaining. They couldn’t put anything substantial on Wright. Maxime Gratchev a great chance with 25 seconds remaining on a breakaway opportunity. He shot it wide. Lewiston had another breakaway chance but the shot went into Yetman’s chest protector. The action continued before the buzzer sounded. Halifax had their own breakaway chance but Phillip Wright held his ground.

Gabriel O’Connor opened up the third period with a penalty 33 seconds into the stanza. The only scoring chance that was provided was in favor of the Mooseheads. A shot was put on Wright and tickled by the far post. Wright had no idea where the puck was. Sean Stagles had a good scoring chance just before 7:30 mark. He pinched in and let a shot go but Yetman saw it all the way. Eric Gelinas followed it up with his own scoring chance from the point.

Matt Bourdeau went to the box for interference. No chances came out of the man advantage. With 7:03 remaining, Lewiston crashed Yetman’s net but couldn’t stuff the puck home. With 4:31 to go a shot was fired on Yetman but made another great glove save. Alexis Piette went to the box with 75 seconds left. Lewiston couldn’t get anything going on the 6 on 4 man advantage.

Lewiston was 0 for 7 on the powerplay. The Mooseheads were 1 for 7 with the man advantage. Phillip Wright kept his goals against average at two as he made 18 saves on twenty shots. Mark Yetman stopped all 43 shots he saw. The three stars were:

3. Phillip Wright (Lewiston)

2. Linden Bahm (Halifax)

1. Mark Yetman (Halifax)

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