Maine Hockey Journal

Savoie leads Lewiston to victory

Lewiston, ME– It was the Dominic Savoie show. He recorded his first career hat trick in the 5-3 victory over the Prince Edward Rocket Friday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The previous twelve games he has spent at defense when the team lost rookie Garrett Clarke due to suspension.

“It makes us feel so good when someone has done so much for the team gets rewarded,” says Lewiston’s head coach Don MacAdam. “It wasn’t a hat trick in a 9-2 win. It was a hat trick in a game close the whole night long.”

“It feels pretty good,” said Maineiacs utility man Dominic Savoie.

He would get his fifth of the season on second chance opportunity. A shot was fired on and Bobby Nadeau couldn’t control the biscuit. Savoie stepped in and put it home. Alexander Beaton and Pierre-Olivier Morin set the play up at the 14:09 mark of the first period.

7:36 into the third, he got his second of the night. He would get the eventual game winner with 4:16 left to play.

“I thought I missed the night,” Savoie said. “Morin and Beaton had a pretty good game. We clicked pretty well. They worked their (butt) off all game long.”

The Rocket would get pressure on the man advantage early on as they had three straight powerplays. Joel Champagne would score from the goal line as it deflected a Maineiacs defender and goaltender Adrien Lemay.

Maineiacs looked for their 18th shorthanded goal off the season when Beaton blocked a shot. He got behind enemy lines and went one on one with Nadeau. He shot it into the chest of Nadeau.

“It was a very well played hockey game by both teams,” MacAdam said. “We didn’t think we were great in the first period.”

“We didn’t capitalize on powerplays,” said PEI’s head coach Guy Chouinard.

Jordan Southorn had a second period. He dropped the gloves with Samuel Finn 5:34 into the period. Then with 3:07 remaining he fired one from the neutral zone and caught Lemay off guard. It went glove side. Christopher Guay got the assist.

“Fluke goals don’t bother Adrien Lemay. He really works hard at his mental and physical preparation. He’s the most prepared player on our team,” says MacAdam.

Maxime Gratchev would tie the contest up at three. The assists went to Etienne Brodeur and Billy Lacasse.

Simon Olssen would tie the match up at four with 6:59 remaining in the third frame. Jarred Struthers and Jordan Southorn recorded assists. Alexander Beaton would add an insurance tally. Patrick Cusack added the only assist.

Dominic Savoie would get his fifth of the season on second chance opportunity. A shot was fired on and Bobby Nadeau couldn’t control the biscuit. Savoie stepped in and put it home. Alexander Beaton and Pierre-Olivier Morin set the play up.

“Adrien Lemay had to make 39 saves in the victory. He had to make a great save in the third period on Joel Champagne. “Those are the saves Adrien made every game for us,” MacAdam said.

Bobby Nadeau made 30 saves in the loss.

Lewiston returns to home ice Sunday afternoon at 4 to face the Shawinigan Cataractes. Saturday afternoon at 12:30, a live blog begins for the Class B State Championship game between the Presque Isle Wildcats and the Greely Rangers. At 5pm the live blog for the Class A State title between the St. Dom’s Saints and the Waterville Panthers begins.

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