Maine Hockey Journal

Lewiston squeak out win against Waterville

Lewiston, ME – In the rematch of the Class A Eastern Maine final on Saturday night, the Lewiston High School (7-1) boy’s ice hockey team defeated the Waterville Purple Panthers (7-2) 1-0 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

“It was big win for program, especially for the coaches and a lot for these kids who played varsity last year.” said Lewiston Head Coach Jamie Belleau. “We knew it was going to be a defensive battle and we were hoping we can withstand their pressure early on.”

“We had to keep the momentum going after the big win over St. Dom’s (on Tuesday),” Waterville Head Coach Dennis Martin said. “They are a good hockey team; Lewiston was coming off a tough loss.”

After the opening period Lewiston had 8-6 advantage in shots.

“Both teams played solid on defense and we knew it was going to be whoever got that first one would win,” Martin stated.

Ryan Lemelin put home the only goal at the 7:36 mark of the third period on the powerplay. There was a scramble in front of the net and Lemelin lifted the puck past Waterville goaltender Ryan Cormier. The assists went to Nick Mathon and Jon McDonough.

“Nick (Mathon) shot and it hit the goalie,” Ryan Lemelin added

“We got better every period,” said Belleau. “We didn’t make any mistakes.”

Cam Poussard made 18 saves in the win.

“We expected him to come out strong and he did,” Belleau stated

Ryan Cormier made 25 saves in the loss.

Lewiston was 1-for-3 on the powerplay and Waterville went 0-for-3.

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