LEWISTON – With just 10 minutes gone in their game against Cape Breton on Sunday, the Saint John Sea Dogs faced a 2-0 deficit. Looking for a bit of help, coach Jacques Beaulieu yanked rookie Mathew Dopud in favor of former Lewiston goalie Travis Fullerton.

The Screaming Eagles should have been licking their chops, having just scored eight goal against Fullerton the night before.

Instead, Fullerton righted the ship and allowed his team to make a comeback and give the Maineiacs the help they needed in a 4-3 victory over Cape Breton.

This time, Fullerton stopped 33 of 34 shots to earn the win.

Jerseys off their backs

For the first time in four years, the Lewiston Maineiacs held a “shirts off our backs” night.

Dressed in their third jerseys – grey jerseys with alternate styling – the Maineiacs skated to their 4-3 win Sunday, left the ice to drop off their equipment and returned to their own blue line.

Fans who had signed up with slips of paper in jars over the final month of the season had their names drawn, and then one by one, each player slipped out of their game-worn jersey and handed it to the fan.

Despite what had to be some interesting-smelling jerseys, every one of the fans threw it over their head, slipped their arms through and had their picture taken with the player.

Victory lap

Several player – including both goalies – paraded a white banner around the rink following the jersey ceremony. Written across the banner was the front office’s slogan, “Quest for the Cup; We believe.”

Simon Courcelles, Tom Michalik, Peter Delmas, Marc-Andre Cliche, Jonathan Bernier and Chad Denny skated the long banner from one end to the other.

According to an announcement during the ceremony, the banner will sit in the front office. The team is inviting fans to sign the banner for use during the playoffs.


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