Maine Hockey Journal

Home sweet home

Lewiston, ME– There’s no place like home. After playing their “last two home games” at the Cumberland County Civic Center, the team returned to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee to welcome the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Peter Delmas was 34 seconds away from brining home his first shutout in two years. Joey Haddad got Cape Breton’s only goal in the 4-1 loss to the Maineiacs. It was a total team effort for Lewiston as 11 players recorded a point.

Just 3:05 into the game, Danick Paquette got his 13th goal of the season on a wrap around. Etienne Brodeur did a great job chipping the puck into the offensive zone to set the play up. He was the only Lewiston player to get an assist. Maxime Gratchev had a great opportunity later in the period.

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles had plenty of chances on Peter Delmas. Paquette went to the sin bin with 9:45 remaining. 34 seconds into the penalty kill; Maxime Gratchev got called for slashing. Peter Delmas made huge stops on the 5 on 3 disadvantage.

The Maineiacs went on the man advantage with 5:27 left in the first. Philippe Fontaine went to the box. After Gratchev had a great opportunity, Denis Reul got a goal from the backdoor with 4:03 to go. It was a powerplay tally with Eric Gelinas and Alexander Beaton getting the assists.

Lucas LaBelle was called for a minor penalty at the 16:30 mark. Peter Delmas was peppered once again. He came up big once more.

The Maineiacs put pressure on Olivier Roy. They had two great opportunities on the second year goaltender. Lewiston went on the powerplay for the second time at the 3:31 mark when Logan Shaw took down fellow 2008 1st round pick Garrett Clarke. Lewiston had a few shots on Roy.

Cape Breton had a shorthanded chance when Joey Haddad came into the zone all alone. It appeared Haddad beat Delmas but Delmas made a nice save. They went upstairs but it was ruled no goal. He had to make another save shortly after. The Maineiacs went on the powerplay when Olivier Dame-Malka was called for roughing at the 6:31 mark. Lewiston couldn’t get anything going on the powerplay.

Etienne Brodeur and Billy Lacasse came into the offensive zone on a 2 on 1. The play was broken up at the last second. Alexander Beaton had a great chance when he came into the offensive zone. He was haled down by Nick MacNeil at 12:23 mark. Lewiston had a great chance when a Screaming Eagle player lost his stick. At the 13:21 mark, Maime Gratchev and Chris Culligan got matching roughing calls.

Roy couldn’t control rebounds as Lacasse had another chance. Pierre-Oliver Morin had a great goal from a nice feed from Gratchev. Marc Bourgeois got the secondary assist with 1:26 remaining. Lewiston went on the powerplay with 50 second left in the middle frame. Jérémy Gouchie was called for hocking.

Lewiston started the period with 1:10 left on the powerplay. Lewiston couldn’t get another powerplay goal. Michael Ward hooked down Robert Slaney. Slaney was awarded a penalty shot but Delmas made the save. Not too long after that, Matt Bourdeau received a home run pass. He snapped one past Roy at the 2:53 mark. Sean Stagles and Alexander Beaton got the assists. Right off the face off, Dominic Savoie and Pierre-Olivier Payment dropped the gloves. Savoie got the victory.

Cape Breton went on the powerplay when Garrett Clarke was called for a powerplay. Lewiston killed the penalty. Haddad then went to the box at the 7:03 mark. There was a scrum in front of Olivier Roy’s net. Maxime Gratchev went to the sin bin. Culligan and Paquette got matching roughing calls at the 8:33 mark.

The Screaming Eagles had a few chances on Delmas. They had an open net but a Maineiacs defenseman cleared the puck out of the zone. With 61 seconds left, Filip Janosik was called for high sticking. The shutout bid as Joey Haddad found a hole between Delmas and the post. The helpers went to Nick MacNeil and Michael Stinziani with 34 seconds left in the contest.

Peter Delmas was stellar as he made 29 saves on 30 shots. Oliver Roy made 37 saves on the night. Both teams were 1 for 6 on the man advantage. The three stars were:

3. Pierre-Olivier Morin (Lewiston)

2. Danick Paquette (Lewiston)

1. Peter Delmas (Lewiston)

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