Fifth Quarter Tuesday Highlights & Scores: Feb. 3

NEWS CENTER - Highlights from nine high school basketball games from across the state as teams try to solidify spots, position, and byes in the postseason.  The rest of the scores are below. 

2014 BikeMaine route revealed

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Cycling enthusiasts and community organizers joined members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine as the route for the 2nd annual BikeMaine Ride was unveiled.

The week-long, community based cycling tour of the Pine Tree State is designed to help expose riders from Maine and afar discover sections of Vacationland that are off the beaten path and provide a boost to the state's economy during the lull that occurs after summer vacations and the influx of leaf peepers in the fall.

The 350 mile ride will begin in Westbrook on September 6th.  From there, riders will travel into the western mountains to Norway, before crossing over to Winthrop and Gardiner in central Maine.  Riders will then head towards the coast, staying in Boothbay Harbor for two nights, before working their way south to Bath and ending the week where they started back in Westbrook.

Lewiston student gets big surprise

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Parents of children with autism often say one of their biggest challenges is the shortage of hugs and kisses. It is hard for some children with autism to show the kind of unbridled affection other families may take for granted.

It's one reason the Lussier family will remember this homecoming at Lewiston High School for years to come. As the Public Affairs Officer for the Air Force Junior ROTC program at LHS, it was Caleb Lussier's task to help to escort the media into a special assembly "I was told we were having a meeting with a war hero, but they said it was classified and they wouldn't tell us who," said Lussier as he briefed reporters en route to the conference room.

Pirates give up seven goals for third straight day

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - For the third consecutive day, the Portland Pirates surrendered seven goals as they were on the wrong end of a weekend sweep, 7-4 to Manchester. 

After taking 4-1 lead two minutes into the third on Tobias Rieder's power play goal, the Monarchs responded with six unanswered tallies. 

Chris Brown started the scoring just 1:25 into the game for his ninth goal of the season.  Brandon McMillan completed a well-executed dump-and-chase with Darian Dziurzynski and Phil Lane at the 14:19 mark.  Manchester would pull to within a goal just 69 seconds later when Sean Backman beat Louis Domingue glove side.  Pirates leading scorer Andy Miele rounding out the goals in the first with his team-high 19th courtesy of the power play. 

The Monarchs would make it a game by scoring two goals before the second intermisson before completing the comeback in the third with four more goals.

Boys hockey: Lewiston beats rivals St. Dom's

AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Just like back in January, not much separated the two most presitigious high school hockey progams in the state as Lewiston swept the regular season series over St. Dominic Academy on Saturday, 3-2. 

Senior Matt Poulin scored two goals for the Blue Devils, including the game-winner in the third period, while sophomore Brendan Croteau tallied Lewiston's other goal.  Sophomore Austin Roy and junior Mitch Lorenz each scored for St. Dom's. 

The Blue Devils (11-3) beat the Saints (6-6-1) by a 6-5 final in overtime back on December 20. 

Lewiston remains atop the Class 'A' East standings.  St. Dominic Academy is fourth.

The two programs have combined for 44 state championships between them with the Saints holds 24-20 edge.

Pirates rack up 224 penalty minutes in 7-1 loss to Binghamton

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A week after getting back to .500 on the season, the Portland Pirates gave up seven goals for the second consecutive night in what was their worst loss of the season on Satruday, 7-1 to the Binghamton Senators. 

Mark Visentin and Louis Domingue combined to make just 22 saves on 29 shots for the Pirates.

Brandon Yip scored Portland's lone goal in the first.

The game got ugly in the third period when five fights broke and the two teams compiled 169 penalty minutes.  The Pirates had 134 PIM for the game, Binghamton 90. 

Portland (16-18-2-7) host Atlantic Division leading Manchester on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Lewiston police: attempted abduction never happened


LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Lewiston Police have said that the call describing an attempted abduction was a false report.

Police are offering no other details at this time, but have said they are no longer actively looking for the vehicle or the person described during the alleged incident Saturday morning.

Sergeant Whelan of the Lewiston Police Department says that after interviewing the girl and family members, they surmised the girl either misunderstood what had happened or the likelihood that it never occurred.

Whalen had said at approximately 9:38 Saturday morning the department received a call from a father that said an individual had tried to pull his 12 year old daughter into the back of what is describes as a green Chevy Blazer type vehicle.