Maine Hockey Journal

Saints cruise to victory

Lewiston, Me– No one expected the result of the St. Dom’s-Lewiston game. It was expected to be a close match-up between the long time rivals. The Saints ran over the Blue Devils 7-1 in the first regular season match-up.

“The message was to own the first period and learn to get a lead. It makes things a lot easier when you have a lead. It was my initial statement, I wanted a two goal lead,” said St. Dom’s head coach Steve Ouellette. “It was a complete effort.”

“We didn’t show up ready to play. We got taking to us in the first period and it set the tone for the rest of the game,” said Jamie Belleau. “You can’t do that against St. Dom’s.”

St. Dom’s had the first opportunity as Ben Randall broke in all alone but Cam Poussard was able to stop him. Lewiston came back with a scoring chance of his own as Ryan Lemelin had his own breakaway,

St. Dom’s got on the board first when Richard Paradis blasted one home from the top of the slot at 6:15 mark. CJ Bergeron got the lone assist. Dylan Rodrigue would go to the sin bin for hooking with 7:08 left. Bergeron had a shorthanded opportunity. Lewiston couldn’t convert on the powerplay.

The Saints would go up 2-0 with 1:50 remaining as Jake Landry fed Spencer Martin in the slot. Richard Paradis got the secondary assist. With two seconds remaining, Ben Randall tipped in a Richard Paradis point shot.

“We went in (into the first intermission) real excited. It’s a lot for our team to go in 2-0. We were rowdy, we are usually down on ourselves,” said Richard Paradis. “It (What he wanted to see his team do.) was to keep the game plan,” said Ouellette to his team in the first intermission.

Lewiston would go on the powerplay at the 3:25 mark when Spencer Martin was called for roughing. Robbie Leeman rang one off the crossbar. Just as the powerplay expired Ben Wigant snapped one five hole at the 5:31 mark.

“We played better then them in the second period. We only got one out of it but it put us in a position to come back in the third period,” said Belleau

With three minutes left in the stanza, Nathan Bergeron was all alone in St. Dom’s offensive zone as Lewiston defenseman Joey Fournier went for the body and missed Bergeron. Poussard made the glove save. With 1:23 remaining, Nick Mathon went off for interference. 13 seconds later, CJ Bergeron was called for boarding.

At the 2:51 mark of the third, Devin McLellan went off for roughing. At the 3:59 mark, Alex Parker scored on a wrap around. It found a hole between the post and Poussard’s pads. With 9:45 left in the contest, Jake Landry gave the Saints a four goal cushion. Spencer Martin and Nathan Bergeron got the assists.

The Saints kept finding the back of the net. Casey Parker would get the sixth tally. Richard Paradis would get the lone assist. Paradis continued to put the points as he found the back of the net with 7:12 remaining. Nathan Bergeron and Spencer Martin grabbed the assists.

“The third period is our period. We have legs and condition,” said Paradis.

Lewiston would go on the powerplay as Danny Nadeau went off for elbowing at the 8:42 mark. Lewiston was unable to get any offense going.

The two teams face each other for the final time in regular season on January 17th.

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