It took seven weeks and one day, but Jonathan Bernier finally played in a game Friday night, marking the first time he’s played – and the first time Peter Delmas hasn’t – since January 25.

During that stretch, Delmas played every minute of the Maineiacs’ 20 games. He’s won 15 of those games, allowing 55 goals (2.75/gm) and stopping 499 of 554 shots (90.1 percent).

After a recent win, Delmas looked particularly exhausted. Asked if he was excited that Bernier might soon be back to take over the bulk of the minutes, Delmas said, “No.”

“I just want to keep going,” the rookie keeper said. “I’m getting into a rhythm.”

When the curtain falls on the season tonight, Delmas will have appeared in 34 games, 14 more than coach Clem Jodoin expected at the beginning of the season. He’ll be in the Top 5 in goals-against average, next to Bernier.

Jodoin is pleased, though, that his rookie played so much.

“It shows me that we have two goalies who can do the job,” Jodoin said. “If something (else) happens to (Bernier), we are confident Delmas can do the job now.”

Mixing it up

Kevin Marshall will finish this season as the team’s leader in penalty minutes, with 141 through Wednesday’s game against Moncton.

The team’s career penalty-minutes leader is Sheldon Wenzel, who accumulated 526 PIMs in two seasons. With his current track, Marshall would break Wenzel’s mark in his 19-year-old season, taking nearly four years to accomplish the feat.

Combine Marshall’s 141 minutes so far this season with his 112 from last year, and the second-year defenseman now has 253, shy of Wenzel’s record by 273 minutes.

On track for the top

Eric Castonguay recently became the second Maineiacs’ player to surpass the 200-games-played threshold, reaching 203 through Wednesday’s game against Moncton. His point totals are getting dangerously close to a few all-time Maineiacs’ marks.

With 71 goals and 86 assists, Castonguay has 157 career points for Lewiston. He sits 14 shy of Mathieu Aubin for goals scored, 33 shy in points, but well behind Jonathan Paiement’s career assist mark of 136.

Should Castonguay return next season as a 20-year-old, he would likely come close to Paiement, and almost assuredly pass Aubin in both categories.

Breaking 100

Stefan Chaput could become the 10th Maineiac to reach the century mark for points in the regular season. Through Wednesday’s game in Moncton, Chaput had 38 goals and 61 assists for 99 points. He would likely have reached this long ago, but has been hampered by concussion symptoms for two weeks and hasn’t played. He was expected to play this weekend, though.


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