Maine Hockey Journal

Lewiston suffers a heart breaker

Lewiston, Me– It has been a rough year for Peter Delmas. Monday night he would like to forget as he gave up five goals on 14 shots in the 5-4 loss to the Gatineau Olympiques. Lewiston was able to get 26 shots on Maxime Clermont.

“It’s disappointing. We are in the business to try to develop kids not crucify them,” said Lewiston Maineiacs head coach Ed Harding. “We need to figure away to help him. We had Colorado (Avalanche) down here and Craig Billington (Avalanche Vice President of Hockey Operations) here.”

“It was a tough night but everyone goes through that. I am sure if he gets the start tomorrow he will be very good,” said Gatineau Olympiques’ head coach Jérôme Dupont. Ed Harding wouldn’t show his cards as he didn’t name the starter for the second game against Gatineau on Tuesday night.

The dagger was with 8:35 remaining Joshua Dominque shot the puck far post and it caught the inside of the post. That was the end of Peter Delmas’ night and Phillip Wright took over. Alain Goulet added one of his four assists. Jean-Phillip Chabot had two goals in the victory.

The Gatineau Olympiques got on the board first when Mitchell Porowki got his first of the year. Goulet got the lone assist at the 3:22 mark. Pierre-Olivier Morin got drilled and was down on the ice. Steven Delisle got a five minute major and a game misconduct at the 6:40 mark.

Lewiston got the powerplay off to a quick start when Maxime Gretchev deflected the puck home. Eric Gelinas and Patrick Cusack grabbed assists. The goal came at the 8:08 mark. The goal was reviewed but the call stood. It was the only goal on the five minute powerplay.

Sean Stagles went off for holding with 6:58 left in the stanza. With just eight seconds left in the powerplay, Alexandre Touchette found the back of the cage with 5:06 remaining. The referees went upstairs but the goal was confirmed. Tye Mcginn and Goulet grabbed the assists.

Tommy Dery went to the sin bin with 2:55 left in the period. 15 seconds later Spencer Metcalfe went to Gatineau’s penalty box.

The Maineiacs went on the powerplay when Joshua Dominque went off for high sticking. Lewiston couldn’t convert. Jean-Philip Chabot gave the Olympiques a two goal cushion with 8:25 remaining in the second frame. Alexandre Quesnel and Hubert Labrie got the assists. Labrie would go off for hooking with 6:36 remaining.

Eric Gelinas would get his second point of the night when he blasted one home 34 seconds into the powerplay. Maxime Gratchev and Danick Paquette grabbed the assists. That was Gelinas fifth powerplay tally on the season.

“We talked about having a little more killer instinct; you don’t need to wait a minute to score on the powerplay. If you want to score in the first three seconds, that’s great too,” said Harding.

Just under five minutes left, Paquette found the sin bin for slashing.

After a great shorthanded chance by Gratchev early in the penalty kill; Chabot made it 4-2 with nine seconds left on Paquette’s minor. Maxime Mallette and Goulet set the goal up. Lewiston would go on the powerplay with 69 seconds left when Alexandre Quesnel went off for roughing. The Maineiacs rang the post right off the draw.

At the 8:02 mark Labrie went off for roughing. The Maineiacs had a couple of chances but Clermont was able to get back to the net. Alexandre Touchette would go off for slashing with 10:54 remaining. Just as the first penalty ended, Alexander Beaton got the Maineiacs within one. Patrick Cusack and Eric Gelinas got the helpers with 9:54 remaining.

The Maineiacs thought they had a scoring opportunity when Etienne Brodeur grabbed the puck in the offensive zone but the referees called him for hooking. Lewiston continued to battle as they pulled Wright with a minute left. Danick Paquette would cut the deficit to one with ten seconds remaining. Alexander Beaton and Patrick Cusack grabbed the assists.

“I was proud to stand behind the bench tonight,” said Harding on the effort his players gave.

The two same teams go at it tonight at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee at 7pm.

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