Chris Tutalo notched his fourth and fifth points of the road trip with his third and fourth goals of the season.

Pierre-Luc Faubert became the second skater on the team to reach 10 goals.

And Jonathan Bernier rebounded perfectly from an eight-goal shellacking in Moncton to lead the road-weary Lewiston Maineiacs to a 3-0 win over the division-leading Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday night in front of 3,572 at Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

“The biggest satisfaction I get, the biggest, is that it was our third game in three nights, on the road, in Cape Breton, and we won the game,” said Maineiacs’ head coach Clem Jodoin. “When we play well, when we execute, this is the kind of game we can play.”

For Cape Breton, timing seemed to be an issue all night.

“We hadn’t played in a week,” said Cape Breton coach Pascal Vincent. “Our timing was off all night. It wasn’t game-ready. Lewiston, they moved well without the puck, their timing was solid.”

The Maineiacs’ beleaguered defense and goaltending corps, which had allowed 15 goals in its previous seven periods of play, allowed none to the Screaming Eagles in their three periods, and allowed just 20 shots to reach Bernier.

“It helps (Bernier) not to have so many shots,” said Jodoin. “Bernier made the key saves he needed to make, and the defense was there to clear away all of the rebounds. It was a good team effort.”

On offense, the line of Tutalo, Simon Courcelles (two assists) and David Perron (one assist) continued to dominate in the offensive end, and in the third period struck the final nail into the Eagles’ coffin with a goal at the 17:04 mark.

“For Tutalo, he is competing, he is playing hard, he’s hitting,” said Jodoin. “Of course, playing with Perron isn’t hurting him, either.”

Bernier, meanwhile, regained his expected form. Two days removed from allowing eight goals on 33 shots, Bernier stopped all 20 he saw Friday night to earn his second shutout of the season, tying him with two other goaltenders for the league lead.

The teams struggled to put anything past either netminder in the first two periods, though both teams had their chances. Ondrej Pavelec earned the third star of the game and stopped 28 of Lewiston’s 31 shots on the night, including several dangerous shots in the second period to keep his team in the game.

“We certainly can’t say he’s the reason we lost,” said Vincent. “He played a good game.”

In the third, though, the Maineiacs broke through on a rare 5-on-3 power play. Faubert potted his 10th of the season at 5:50 of the final frame with help from Chad Denny and Marc-Andre Cliche.

Tutalo followed that goal with his first of the night just 31 seconds later, with Lewiston still on a 5-on-4.

“Those were stupid penalties to take,” said Vincent. “That’s where the game turned for us.”

Tutalo slid his second of the game past Pavelec with less than three minutes to play to finish the scoring.

Lewiston will enjoy a day off today and will finish off its road trip through the Maritimes with a rematch against Halifax on Sunday afternoon. The team next faces off at home Tuesday against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.


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