If the Lewiston Maineiacs are trying to keep a low profile among the rest of the league this preseason, they are failing miserably.

Rookie David Perron scored twice and 16-year-old goaltender Peter Delmas made 29 saves on 31 shots to lead the Maineiacs to a 5-2 win over the home-standing Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Monday night at the K.C. Irving Centre.

Tom Michalik, Marc-Andre Daneau and Sebastien Piche also netted a goal each for the Maineiacs, who are now 4-1 in preseason games.

“I think we carried play for most of the game,” said Maineiacs’ assistant coach Ed Harding, “but this is still exhibition hockey. They had a few of their better players in there, though.”

Delmas played his first full game of the preseason, having split his previous two outings 50/50.

“He played like he was an 18- or 19-year-old,” said Harding. “He made at least four outstanding stops that I can remember off-hand that changed the momentum, and we were able to go the other way.”

Perron got things rolling for Lewiston in the first, scoring a power-play goal with help from David Taylor and Kevin Marshall at 8:27.

The Maineiacs put the Titan away with four goals in the second.

Piche’s came at 6:22 and staked the visitors to a 2-0 lead, and Daneau scored at 14:24 to make it 3-0.

Jonathan Duchesneau, a regular last year with Bathurst, potted a power-play goal at 17:12 to pull his team within two, but Perron and Michalik each added a goal to the Maineiacs’ total with less than two minutes to play in the middle frame to bury the Titan.

“I think we caught them sleeping a bit,” said Harding.

Nicolas Sigouin slid the puck past Delmas early in the third, but that was as close as Bathurst could get.

The teams will battle again tonight in Bathurst, and Lewiston will continue on to Moncton for a Wednesday date with the Wildcats.


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