The Portland Pirates “unofficial” mascot apparently has switched allegiances.

Raymond Dudley, infamously known as Switchboard, was in attendance at the Colisee. Always present at Pirates home games in Portland, Switchboard dances and entertains the crowd while putting an occasional whammy on the opposition.

Saturday, he was roaming the Colisee with a Maineiacs jersey and a Maine state flag serving as his cape. He had his bag full of props, which includes a tiny saxophone.

Even though the Pirates season is over, Switchboard has apparently found more work to do.


When Jean-Sebastien Berube hit Lewiston’s Stefan Chaput from behind, it got the blood boiling early.

Berube rammed Chaput from behind and into the glass. Chaput slumped down to the ice while the tempers awoke on each team, but the Maineiacs made Berube pay in the best of fashion.

While Berube served his time, Lewiston made it 3-0 with its second power-play goal of the night. Pierre-Luc Faubert deposited a rebound of a David Perron shot with 10:56 left for the commanding 3-0 lead.

Lewiston also followed with a few hefty checks on the road-weary Huskies. Kevin Marshall took an open-ice run at Justin Munden late in the period. He later put Jeff Desjardins into the boards hard.


Lewiston found just the right means to sap whatever energy the wearisome Huskies had left Saturday night.

The Maineiacs scored two goals in the opening minutes of the first two periods. Stefano Giliati steered in a rebound 1:53 into the game. Then, Chris Tutalo tipped one home at 55 seconds of the second period.

Lewiston also cashed in on the special teams’ three trips in the first period. Not only was Giliati’s goal on the power play, but so was Faubert’s tally. As if those didn’t sting Rouyn-Noranda, the Huskies gave up a shorthanded goal that made it 2-0 3:22 into the game.

Old friend

Count Travis Mealy among those who still care.

Mealy, who played with Lewiston in its inaugural season and was then traded to Rouyn-Noranda for the rights to Sebastien Piche, was in attendance Saturday night at the Colisee.

After he finished his QMJHL career with the Prince Edward Island Rocket, Mealy suited up for the University of Prince Edward Island this winter.

The sturdy defenseman had no goals and three assists with 87 penalty minutes in 2003-04, and two goals and eight assists for 10 points and 40 penalty minutes in the first half of 04-05 before being traded.

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