Maine Hockey Journal

Lewiston has another offensive outburst

Lewiston, ME– The Androscoggin Bank Colisee saw one team score 16 goals the last two games, that team would be the Lewiston Maineiacs. “That’s what I said (the 16 goals) walking into locker room (after the game),” said Lewiston Maineiacs Head Coach Ed Harding. Lewiston defeated the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 7-2 on Black Friday.

Alexander Beaton had two goals and two assist to lead the way. Maxime Gratchev added two goals. He now has 20 points in his last seven games. Patrick Cusack had two assists and Phillip Wright made 20 saves. Spencer Jezegou and Vincent Arseneau were the Titan goal scorers.

The Maineiacs had a few chances to stuff the puck into the net in the first few minutes. Eric Gelinas was called for interference. Phillip Wright made two big saves on Acadie-Bathurst’s powerplay. Michael Ward made a nice dish out front when he rushed into the offensive zone.

Spencer Jezegou made it 1-0 Titan after he deked out Wright and slid it past him at the 7:58 mark. 12 seconds later, Vincent Arseneau got called for delay of game when he put the puck in the stands. Acadie-Bathurst had two shorthanded chances. Wright stood his ground to keep the game at an one goal deficit.

With a delayed penalty coming, the Titan were able to get an extra skater on the ice. Cameron Critchlow was able to snap it past Wright with 6:18 remaining. Drew Paris and Jonathan Lessard tallied assists.

“We competed for ten minutes and we were up 2-0. We fell and started watching, full marks to them (Lewiston),” said Acadie-Bathust Titan Head Coach Ron Choules.

With 2:25 remaining, Alexander Beaton flicked a backhander past Nicolas Champion. Pierre-Olivier Morin and Michael Ward got the helpers.

Lewiston controlled the play in the Titan zone. 4:55 into the period, Brad Tesink got called for checking from behind. After a few pucks were blocked in front, Eric Gelinas blasted one from the point at the 6:32 mark. Alexander Beaton and Denis Reul set the powerplay tally up. 19 seconds later, Beaton got his second of the game with assists going to Patrick Cusack and Danick Paquette.

It was the second game in the last four that the team came back from a two goal deficit to make it 3-2. “We didn’t panic; the goal to make it 2-1 certainly helps out and gave the guys confidence,” said Harding.

Patrick Cusack echoed the same statement. “Our coach has been trying to us that since the beginning of the year. That’s one thing we want to be known as, a team that never gives up. So for us to battle back down by two doesn’t surprise me,” said Cusack.

Dominic Savoie received a pass from Steeven Jacques and snapped it past Champion. Lucas LaBelle got the secondary assist. The goal came with 3:52 left in the stanza.

The Maineiacs came right back and rang one of the post. With less then twenty seconds left in the middle frame, Alexander Beaton found Maxime Gratchev all alone in the neutral zone, Gratchev beat Champion as he roofed it with 13 seconds left. Eric Gelinas got the secondary assist.

“When I go down on a breakaway or a shootout, usually I don’t think what I am doing. I watched the goalie and saw him leaning towards the left side. That’s a hard move to get the glove up,” said Max Gratchev.

For the second straight game, the Maineiacs knocked out the starting goaltender as Frederick Piche replaced Champion. Billy Lacasse welcomed him into the game as he potted his 11th goal of the year. Etienne Brodeur and Filip Janosik collected assists at the 2:33 mark.

At the 7: 35 mark, Max Gratchev waited until Piche committed and he stuffed it home standing right in front of the net. Michael Chaput picked up one assist and Cusack got his second assist.

Lewiston would go on the powerplay when Arseneau went off at the 8:53 mark. The Maineiacs had chances but couldn’t find any holes in the rookie goaltender. Garrett Clarke got an interference call at the 11:09 mark. Danick Paquette tapped Arseneau on the shoulder and the two went at it. The fight was a draw.

The Titan would go back on the powerplay with 6:46 left when Chaput sat for two minutes for holding. Denis Reul joined him six seconds later when he dropped the mittens with Marshall Worden. Reul used short right hand jabs to the face. He later won the fight by a take down. Worden got the extra two for roughing.

Lewiston would go on the powerplay when Paris got called for elbowing with 5:51 to go. The Maineiacs couldn’t convert on the powerplay chances. Savoie went off for roughing with 3:39 left. Lewiston killed the penalty off.

Phillip Wright made 20 saves in the victory. Nicolas Champion made 21 saves. Frederic Piche made 6 saves on 8 chances. Lewiston was 1 for 5 with the man advantage and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan were 0 for 4 with the man advantage. The three stars were:

3. Patrick Cusack (Lewiston)

2. Maxime Gratchev (Lewiston)

1. Alexander Beaton (Lewiston)

Notes: Peter Delmas is day to day after getting knocked down in the Shawinigan game. “There’s a chance he will be on the ice tomorrow (practice),” said Harding.

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