Maine Hockey Journal

A shootout victory for Lewiston

Lewiston, ME- Danick Paquette thought he back in his hometown of Montreal for the NHL Skills Competition for the Breakaway Challenge. He put the puck in between his legs in the shootout to give the Lewiston Maineiacs the 3-2 victory that sent 2,803 fans home happy.

“I practiced this move a lot,” said Maineiacs captain Danick Paquette. Peter Delmas who made 33 saves in the victory has never seen Paquette do the move in practice. “Well he’s lying,” laughed Peter Delmas.

“No,” said Lewiston’s Head Coach Don MacAdam if he ever saw his captain make that move. “What a great goal.”

The story of the game was Peter Delmas. The Montreal Junior had a shorthanded opportunity early in the first but Peter Delmas made a great glove save.

“We had excellent goaltending,” said MacAdam. “Overall he was rock solid.”

“Pretty much right away, (that he was in the zone.) because the first save was on my left pad,” said Delmas.

“I think we deserved to win,” said Junior Head Coach Pascal Vincent. “A hot goalie you have to face and they stuck in there. “We knew they were going to get back (from the heartbreak loss to Val d’Or.) and that game was today.”

The Maineiacs struck first when Etienne Brodeur jammed the puck home. Maxime Gratchev and Billy Lacasse getting the assists at the 8:26 mark.

“Billy, Brodeur, and I have found a lot of chemistry the last few games,” said Maxime Gratchev.

Alexander Beaton would go off with 9:30 remaining for high sticking. Samuel Finn would sit for two minutes with 6:25 remaining.

The Junior got on the board at the 5:22 mark when Guillaume Asselin potted his 13th of the season. “I got lazy a little bit and surprised me. I knew I should have had it,” said Delmas.

“The first goal down at the far end caught him by surprise. That’s one he normally stops,” said MacAdam.

The Maineiacs took the lead with 4:57 remaining when Dominic Savoie fired a shot on Jean-François Berube and tickled off of Berube’s sweater into the net. Danick Paquette go the lone assist.

Jeremy Gouchie would tie the contest up when Peter Delmas couldn’t control his rebound and Gouchie had an open cage. Toni Ritter and Angelo Esposito picked up the assists on the goal at the 4:52 mark of the third.

Peter Delmas made a key save on Angelo Esposito late in the third to keep the game tied at one. “If Esposito scored on one of two breakaways,” said Vincent.

“I knew he was going to make as many moves as he can. I had to patient to give this team at least one point,” Delmas said.

In the extra frame, Berube robbed Lewiston with a great glove save. Lewiston put up one last rush but couldn’t put it into the net. Maxime Gratchev also scored in the shootout.

“I never really have a move when I am going down on the goalie. I make up my move as I go along,” said Gratchev.

Notes: Tonight’s attendance was the highest of season. The previous high was 2,645 in the home opener on September, 19th against Shawinigan.

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