The win wasn’t as convincing as the Titan’s victory on Friday, but considering the circumstances, the Lewiston Maineiacs aren’t going to complain.

Jakub Bundil scored on a breakaway with 6:32 to play on a shot that hit the post, Acadie-Bathurst netminder Brant Miller and the crossbar to lift the Maineiacs to a 3-2 win over the Titan in front of 2,559 at the K.C. Irving Regional Center on Saturday.

“Those were a big two points for us,” Maineiacs’ coach Clem Jodoin said. “We played a tight game, like we have to on the road. We’ve won a lot of games in the third this year, and we found the way to win tonight.”

Peter Delmas, touched up for eight goals Friday, made some incredible saves Saturday, including one on 100-point forward Mathieu Perreault in close on a breakaway, to earn his 16th win of the season.

“After the game, I told him, he earned his gold medal,” Jodoin said of Delmas. “The turning point of the game was when he made that save (on Perreault) with us on the power play.”

The Maineiacs played the game without Marc-Andre Daneau (knee), Stefan Chaput (concussion) and Marc-Andre Crete (hip), but still received scoring from three lines in the win.

“It’s important for guys to step up and fill in when there are players hurt,” Jodoin said.

In eerily similar fashion to Friday night’s debacle, Lewiston started the scoring early. David Perron potted his team-leading 33rd goal at 12:59 of the opening period on a feed from Sebastien Piche.

Bathurst knotted the score at 15:13 on a Dany Masse tally, his 22nd of the season.

The teams again traded goals, this time in the second. Chris Tutalo scored his 17th of the season at 4:38 of the middle frame to temporarily put the Maineiacs ahead, 2-1.

But Maxime Pomerleau continued his hot hand with a goal for the Titan at 7:32 to again draw his team even.

In the third, the teams grappled for more than 10 minutes, until Bundil slipped through the defense and found himself on a breakaway.

Lewiston’s lead in the Eastern Division is back to four points as Cape Breton sat idle Saturday. The Maineiacs still have a game in hand on the Screaming Eagles and have 88 points to the Eagles’ 84.

Lewiston returns home this week to participate in its annual skills competition Tuesday night, and will next play on the road in Gatineau on Thursday.


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