Maine Hockey Journal

Cloutier seals the victory for Lewiston in OT

Lewiston, ME – Nearly 2,000 fans filled the Androscoggin Bank Colisee to witness another instant classic in the Lewiston-St. Dom’s rivalry as Lewiston High School (12-2) defeated St. Dom’s (9-6) 2-1 in overtime in an Eastern Class A battle.

“In my opinion we had several character wins,” said Lewiston High School’s Head Coach Jamie Belleau. “The kids worked hard, they were the ones creating the scoring opportunities.” Steve Ouellete, St. Dom’s Head Coach was pleased with his club’s effort.

“I think our guys have come a long way,” said Ouellete. “They shown they can play a lot more defense. We got a great performance from our goalie. Unfortunately we didn’t come away with any points, but everything else was great”

Sam Cloutier scored the game-winner on a second effort attempt in clinching the season series against their archrival with 1:16 remaining in the extra frame.

“It hit his stick actually and it came right back to my stick,” said Sam Cloutier

The Saints struck first as Dakota Keene batted in Alex Parker’s pass at 7:54 of the first period. Keene just came out of the penalty box and joined the play in the offensive zone.

“It was a great night,” said Ouellete. “We knew it was going to be a tight game.”
Lewiston dominated the second period outshooting St. Dom’s 10-3.

The lone goal came at 7:43 when Johnny McDonough flipped the puck past St. Dom’s netminder Josh Cherest on the power play.

Lewiston went 1-for-4 on the power play, while St. Dom’s went 0-for-2 on the night.

The Blue Devils had two prime opportunities in the third period, but Cherest and Cam Brown made two defensive stops.

“Cam Brown had a great play come down and get the puck without knocking the man off his skates,” Ouellete added. “Charest he held his ground and he was facing a couple of guys there to play the puck.”

“Obviously we would have liked to put the puck in the net,” said Belleau. That being said, Charest played very well and you can’t take that away.”

Charest was outstanding as he stopped 30 of 32 shots.

“I was pretty nervous going into the game,” said Charest. “I haven’t played a big game throughout my high school career. It was great to see all the fans there, the crowd was great.”

Cam Poussard made 17 saves for the Blue Devils.

NOTES: The game was a part of the Great American Rivalry Series and was broadcasted on iHigh.com, a high school sports network out of Lexington, Kentucky. As part of the Great American Rivalry Series, the US Air Force handed out two 500 dollar scholarships to one senior on each team. Josh Cherest was St. Dom’s recipient and Nick Mathon was Lewiston’s recipient.

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