LEWISTON – Less than six hours after helping the Lewiston Maineiacs to a 3-1 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs, 19-year-old goaltender Travis Fullerton was pulled over by police early Sunday morning and charged with operating under the influence.

Fullerton, who last year backed up starting netminder Jonathan Bernier and played in 17 games, was pulled over at 2:52 a.m. at 1185 Lisbon St. in Lewiston.

Twenty-eight minutes later, police arrested Fullerton. His blood-alcohol level measured .16, twice the legal limit, according to police.

“This is not something this team will tolerate,” said Maineiacs’ head coach Clem Jodoin. “We are disappointed for his parents, for his billets. We have apologized for everything that happened to everyone.”

Jodoin released Fullerton from the team’s roster. A final, 50-player protection list is due into the league by noon today.

Fullerton will not be on it.

“Travis Fullerton has been sent home,” Jodoin said. “He is not with the team anymore, period.”

Fullerton posted $500 bail one hour after his arrest, and an Oct. 11 court date was set.

The beleaguered netminder was the Maineiacs’ go-to keeper last year when starting goaltender Jonathan Bernier was unable to play, or when it was time for him to rest.

The Riverview, New Brunswick, native finished with a 9-8 record, posting a 2.94 goals-against-average, good for ninth overall in the league, and a .899 save percentage, 13th in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.


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