LEWISTON — Crossbars aren’t much for conversation, but apparently, they listen.

Rookie goaltender Peter Delmas skated to his net following overtime Friday, with the score still knotted at two. He stopped, faced his net, and appeared to pause.

“The guys asked me if I talked to my posts,” Delmas said. “I said I did. I told (the posts), ‘If it hits you, make sure it bounces to the outside and not the inside.'”

The crossbar complied with Delmas’ wish on Acadie-Bathurst’s second attempt in the shootout, and Delmas stopped the Titan’s other two attempts. Meanwhile, Pierre-Luc Faubert scored for the Maineiacs on their first shot to lift Lewiston to a 3-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst in front of 2,913 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

“Peter made the big saves and that was a big point for us, especially with the shooters they have,” Faubert said. “They have a good offensive team. We only scored on one of two shots, but it was enough to win tonight.”

Faubert, who had watched both shooters who scored in the team’s previous shootout find success with a shot instead of a deke, also chose to shoot Friday.

“Going in I wasn’t sure if I wanted to deke or just shoot, but he was backing up a lot and he left me his low blocker open, so I figured I might as well take a shot,” Faubert said.

“It was a good win, considering the last four (losses in shootouts),” Maineiacs assistant Jeff Guay said. “It feels good.”

The win was fine, Guay said, but the way the team got there was less than perfect.

“I thought we were out-battled,” Guay said. “They came in here and battled hard. It’s as simple as that. We didn’t have our legs at first. We got our legs a little bit, but we didn’t win our one-on-one battles.”

Early, it was evident that the Titan had the extra step, and they got on the board just 6:46 into the game. Samuel Morneau one-timed a feed from Charles Bergeron at the left post that beat Delmas.

“We had a solid effort,” Titan coach John Chabot said. “We’re pleased with how well the team competed tonight, to do that on the road against a good Lewiston team is important.”

It was almost a two-goal lead for the Titan, but Marc-Andre Crete stopped the puck on the goal line on a Bathurst power play set just shy of the 13-minute mark.

“I thought that was in,” Delmas admitted. “I turned around and saw Crete there with the puck on his stick, though.”

In the second, Jakub Bundil scored at 4:54 to tie the score when he banked the puck in off the left post on a 3-on-2 though the low slot. Trailing the play, Bundil took a feed from Faubert and coasted into the low slot. He snapped off a quick wrist shot low along the ice that beat goalie Antoine Tardif on the blocker side.

Martin Bartos notched his 16th of the season at 7:55 to put Bathurst back on top. Taking a feed from the corner, Bartos banked the puck in off Delmas’ glove from the top of the crease.

In the third, Simon Courcelles caught a break when David Perron tried to deke around a defender and lost the puck — right to Courcelles, who banged it past Tardif to tie the game.


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