Another tough opponent, another grinding win for the Lewiston Maineiacs.

Marc-Andre Cliche scored two goals for the second night in a row, including the game-clinching empty-netter with less than a minute to play, and 16-year-old rookie Peter Delmas stopped 35 shots to earn his first career QMJHL win, leading the Maineiacs to a 5-3 victory over the Drummondville Voltigeurs at the Centre Marcel Dionne on Wednesday night.

The win is Lewiston’s second in as many nights and gives the team a 3-1 record on its season-opening, six-game road trip.

“We’ll take the two points, but we are not happy with how we played,” said Maineiacs’ head coach Clem Jodoin. “The kids are tired, and when you are tired, you make bad decisions. We made a lot of bad decisions with the puck. Still, every two points you can get before Christmas is gold, and we got those.”

Delmas earned every bit of his win, stopping several scoring chances, including two shorthanded breakaways early in the third period with his team ahead by one goal.

“He was outstanding,” said Jodoin. “He made some great, great key saves. This a great start for him, for his confidence, and especially in front of his peers, to let them know he can come through for them.”

Simon Courcelles, one night after recording his 100th career assist, scored his first goal for the Maineiacs. Rookie David Perron notched his third of the year. Chris Tutalo also scored his first in the victory.

The shorthanded Voltigeurs gift-wrapped a pair of goals and handed them to the Maineiacs early.

Just 1:32 in, Drummondville goaltender Pier-Olivier Pelletier misplayed the puck behind his own net. Kevin Marshall picked up the loose puck and fed it in front to Courcelles, who fired it into the empty net to put the Maineiacs ahead 1-0.

Less than five minutes later, Cliche and Eric Castonguay broke in two-on-one against Pelletier after a bad giveaway in the center zone sprung the two skaters. Cliche kept the puck for himself and fired a laser over Pelletier’s shoulder to up Lewiston’s lead to 2-0.

“We did capitalize on our chances,” said Jodoin, “but we can play better.”

The Volts rebounded in the second, outplaying the Maineiacs for the first 10 minutes of the period and battling back for two goals to knot the score.

Tomas Zohorna notched his third of the year at 7:18, and Tomas Svoboda followed with his third at 9:25 on a Drummondville 5-on-3.

Perron put Lewiston back in front at 11:50 on a third chance rebound after Courcelles batted at the puck twice in the slot in front of Pelletier.

The Maineiacs will use Thursday to travel, and will face Baie-Comeau and Chicoutimi on Friday and Saturday before heading home to prepare for their home-opener against Cape Breton next Friday.


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