The Lewiston Area Youth Hockey midgets are national champions, taking the title with a 5-2 victory over Delaware in a penalty-marred contest Sunday morning in Gates Mills, OH.

The Hebron Academy quartet of Alex Berry, Alex Doumeng, Shane Hearn, Drake Hart all scored for Lewiston. Ryan Lemelin of Lewiston High School added an empty-netter to clinch it with 43 seconds left.

Travis St. Pierre of Messalonskee contributed two assists, and Cam Poussard of Lewiston made 18 saves in net. Lewiston outshot Delaware, 36-20 and went 2 for 12 on the power play while holding Delaware scoreless in 11 chances with the extra skater.

The game featured 151 penalty minutes, including a bench-clearing brawl with two seconds remaining that resulted in six game misconducts on each team and five fighting penalties per side.

Lewiston, which consisted of players from Lewiston, St. Dom’s and Messalonskee high schools and Hebron Academy, rolled through the U18 Tier 2 tournament, winning all six of its games in the 1A group.

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