Northeast fell behind early, and Lewiston/Auburn kept piling on the points on the way to an 8-0 victory.
Brett Bittner was all over the ice for Lewiston/Auburn, as he tallied two goals and two assists in the win. Bittner scored the first of his two goals at 5:00 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Lewiston/Auburn. Jordan Crowe assisted on the tally. Bittner\’s next tally made the score 6-0 Lewiston/Auburn with 10:32 left in the second period. Lewiston/Auburn earned a power play opportunity when Brendan Collins was put in the box for slashing. Dylan Vrees picked up the assist.
Lewiston/Auburn was boosted by Marcus Mitchell, who turned in a shutout with 41 saves. Mitchell certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 1.4 entering the contest.
Lewiston/Auburn forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up six minors and one major for 27 minutes in penalty time. Lewiston/Auburn had been averaging 20.0 minutes in penalties per game. Lewiston/Auburn excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in six chances. Northeast was unable to stop Lewiston/Auburn from sending pucks towards the net, and Lewiston/Auburn eventually piled up 58 shots on goal. Lewiston/Auburn outdid its season average for goals scored. This season, Lewiston/Auburn averages 4.4 goals per contest. Lewiston/Auburn got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game.
Lewiston/Auburn also got points from Mike Heffernan, who also registered one goal and one assist, Thomas Puetz, who also tallied one goal and two assists, Vrees, who also had one goal and one assist, and Colby Siering, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Lewiston/Auburn included Austin Davis and David Fish, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Lewiston/Auburn were Linder Kenyon, Clay Janowiak, and Jon Paul Chauvin, who each chipped in one.
Northeast\’s offense operated below its season average. Northeast puts an average of 2.6 pucks into the net per game. Northeast\’s offense rang up 41 shots on Lewiston/Auburn\’s net.
Lewiston/Auburn registered one goal on four power play opportunities. For Lewiston/Auburn, Vrees was ejected from the game. Steven Murphy rejected 50 shots on goal for Northeast. Northeast incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.