The Lewiston Maineiacs are as healthy now as they were before Sunday’s finale in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Mission accomplished, according to the team’s coaching staff. The gravy, though, was a win.

Mathieu Aubin had two goals and three assists and Chad Denny also scored twice as the Maineiacs swept the season-ending, home-and-home series with the Sea Dogs with a 6-3 win at Harbour Station in front of 5,843.

“We just wanted to stay healthy,” said Maineiacs coach Clem Jodoin. “We wanted to finish the season with no injuries, and we did what we were looking for.”

While Friday’s 6-1 win at home showcased the Maineiacs’ “kid” line of Rob McCarthy, Jonathan Paquet and David Taylor, Aubin stole the show Sunday, despite leaving for part of the second period with what appeared to be an injury.

Aubin, who had a goal and two assists to that point, had already eclipsed the 100-point park for the season thanks to a goal at 19:05 of the opening frame.

“We have some players who could have had different point totals all season,” said Jodoin, “but we played some lines in certain situations all year depending on the score. We have to focus on the team first.”

And the kids got to play, too. Paquet scored at 14:35 of the third period to put the game out of reach for Lewiston.

Jonathan Bernier made a somewhat surprising start in net for Lewiston, and made 20 saves on 23 shots to earn the win, putting him above .500 on the season at 27-26.

“He would have been out too long,” said Jodoin. “He needed to play before the playoffs, and he made some very, very good saves.”

The Sea Dogs gave their second-largest crowd of the year plenty to cheer about early, as Felix Schutz potted his 20th of the year at 5:55 to put the home team ahead 1-0.

Lewiston clawed back with two goals of its own in the period to take the lead for good. Denny notched his 18th of the season at 11:46, followed by Aubin’s 46th at 19:05.

Marc-Andre Cliche scored the lone goal in the second period on a power play, and the Sea Dogs climbed back to within one at 3-2 on a Jonathan Laberge power-play goal early in the third.

The Maineiacs slammed the door, though, with goals from Denny, Paquet and Aubin. Schutz added his second of the game to cap the scoring.

The Maineiacs finish the season with a record of 36-23-3-8. The 36 wins are the most in three years for Lewiston.

“I would say we improved,” said Jodoin. “With a younger team, we have more wins, more points, a better power play, a better penalty-kill. The young kids have really stepped forward.”


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