Maine Hockey Journal

A rough night for Delmas

Saint John, NB– The penalty kill has been one of the weaknesses so far this season for the Maineiacs. The penalty kill did its job as they allowed no goals on eight chances but the goaltending has also been shaky this season. That was Lewiston’s downfall as Peter Delmas allowed 2 goals including the eventual game just 90 seconds apart. He was also pulled just over five minutes into the third. The Sea Dogs defeated the Maineiacs 3-1. Ryan Sparling, Payton Liske, and Alex Grant were the goal scorers. Robert Mayer made 26 saves.

The Maineiacs get on the board first as Marc Bourgeois deflected a Patrick Cusack shot off a face off. Pierre-Olivier Morin got the secondary assist at the 3:59 into the contest. Danick Paquette was drilled from behind by Simon Despres. Despres got a boarding call at the 5:02 mark. Lewiston couldn’t convert on the powerplay.

Saint John goes back to the sin bin when Alex Grant was called for interference at the 8:39 mark. The Sea Dogs go on the powerplay when Denis Reul gets called for tripping with 9:20 remaining. Saint John had their chances on the man advantage but Delmas was able to stop the flurry of shots that came at him. Maxime Gratchev would sit for two minutes for elbowing with 6:08 left in the first stanza.

Saint John would go on a 5 on 3 for 15 seconds when Bourgeois went off at the 15:38 mark. Lewiston killed the penalty off. Maxime Gratchev would visit the box with 1:50 remaining for charging.

Maxime Gratchev penalty was killed off. Bourgeois had a chance for his second goal of the season. Lewiston had an open net but the puck rolled wide. 1:39 into the second, Despres went to the penalty box for the second time. Eric Gelinas would go to the sin bin at the 3:55 mark. Keven Guérette-Charland took a slap shot to the ankle. He needed help off the ice. Lewiston killed the penalty.

Garrett Clarke would sit down as he got tangled with Matthew Stoddard. Clarke was called for holding. The penalty came at the 6:47 mark. With 11:20 left in the middle frame, Michael Kirkpatrick was called for boarding. Alexander Beaton had an opportunity on the powerplay. Lewiston would have their own 5 on 3 powerplay for 13 seconds when Payton Liske was called for hooking.

Ryan Sparling would tie the game while shorthanded as it trickled past Peter Delmas at the 11:29 mark. Yann Sauve got the lone assist. Payton Liske gave the Sea Dogs the lead when he received a pass from Mike Thomas with 7:01 remaining. Alexei Dostoinov got the secondary assist. Lewiston would call a timeout.

Etienne Brodeur had a chance early on. Pierre-Olivier Morin would go off at the 1:19 mark. Lewiston would have a shorthanded chance. Alex Grant looked to make a pass but it deflected off the pads of Peter Delmas. Mike Thomas and Alexei Dostoinov would pick up their second assists. Peter Delmas’ night ended just 5:07 into the third.

The Maineiacs would go on the man advantage when Mike Thomas went off 47 seconds after the goal. They had a few opportunities on their second powerplay of the night. Lewiston had another open net opportunity. The Sea Dogs would go on the powerplay when Michael Ward went off with 5:59 left in the stanza. Saint John would be 0 for 8 on the powerplay after Ward’s penalty ended.

Lewiston’s forwards had a great opportunity when they continued to hack at the puck in Robert Mayer’s crease. When the whistle blew, punches were thrown. Michael Kirkpatrick got a double minor with 1:59 left. Danick Paquette also picked up a penalty. The Maineiacs would pull Phillip Wright. Sauve would go off with 1:17 left in the contest. Maineiacs fired shots on Mayer but Mayer made an outstanding save.

Delmas made 13 saves and Wright made 4 saves. The Montreal Canadiens prospect, Robert Mayer made 26 saves. Lewiston was 0 for 7 on the man advantage. The Sea Dogs were 0 for 8. The three stars were:

3. Maxime Gratchev (Lewiston)

2. Alex Grant (Saint John)

1. Ryan Sparling (Saint John)

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