If Peter Delmas is done for the season, he sure picked a great way to go out.

The Lewiston Maineiacs’ rookie goaltender stopped all 25 shots he faced to post his third shutout in two weeks and lifted the Maineiacs to their second consecutive shutout win over Moncton, a 2-0 victory in front of 5,691 at the Moncton Coliseum on Wednesday.

“He’s a good goalie, and games like this, it belongs to him,” Maineiacs’ coach Clem Jodoin said. “It’s a sign of a good goalie who can win games for us.”

Delmas will likely take a seat back on the bench this weekend, though, now that starting goalie Jonathan Bernier has recovered from a high-ankle sprain that’s kept the NHL-drafted goalie out of the lineup since Jan. 25.

“(Bernier) has to play,” Jodoin said. “I respect Peter and everything he has done for us this season, but we have to give Joe some games.”

Stefano Giliati’s power-play goal, his 24th of the season, at 10:05 of the second turned out to be the game-winner as Giliati roofed the puck over Moncton keeper Jhase Sniderman.

Delmas followed that with what might have been his best save of the night as he shot across from his left to his right and squeezed the pads shut on Phil Mangan, who thought for sure he had scored. The Moncton forward bowed his head and covered his helmet with his gloves in disbelief.

David Perron wiggled through three defenders just past the halfway point of the third period and drew all of the attention to himself, and then flipped the puck backwards to Marc-Andre Cliche at the left post. Cliche slammed the puck into the empty net to put the Maineiacs ahead 2-0 with his 24th of the season.

“That was worth the price of admission alone,” Jodoin said. “We were very, very pleased about the whole game.”

With 48 wins, the Maineiacs have cemented their place in franchise history as the team with the second-most wins since it entered the league as the Trois Rivieres Ducs in 1969. The Trois Rivieres club, re-named the Draveurs in 1973, won 58 games in 1978-79.

The team moved to Sherbrooke in 1992 and then to Lewiston in 2003.


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