The Maine Nordiques played host to the Maryland Black Bears for a two game set and their third to last home series of the season. The Nords came into the game on a three game point streak and the Black Bears thing to snap their five game slide.
The first period got off to a quick start for the Black Bears but the Nordiques fended off the attack and would get a goal from Patrick Schmiedlin to get the scoring going. The Nords would get a power play and Schmedlin would find the back of the net again to make it 2-0. The Bears would respond but another power play gave way for the East Division star of the week Brendan Gibbons to tip home a Nick Bernardo shot to make it 3-1. The Black Bears would respond with time winding down in the period and would head to a man advantage with three minutes left and covert with back to back goals to tie it after the first.
In the second the Black Bears got off to a great start with a goal to take the 4-3 lead. After some back and forth Jonny Meiers would score off a turnover caused by Jack Kurrle to tie it at 4. The black Bears forecheck would keep it in the zone and get it back to retake the lead 5-4.
The third period started with a Nordiques penalty kill that was successful and the momentum gave way for Gibbons to score his seventh goal in four games and second of the contest. Gibbons goal would tie it and Gus Holt would make a spectacular save with three minutes left to force overtime.
In overtime the Nordiques got a power play and put the pressure on but just couldn’t convert. We would need a shootout.
In the shootout the Black Bears would score in the first round to put the pressure on, Schmedlin couldn’t score in the bottom half and Gus Holt had a big save to keep it going. Reese Farrell would roof one on the back hand and force another round. Gus Holt had a big save and Fasig couldn’t score, The Black Bears would then convert and Brendan Gibbons would be denied and the Nords would fall in a shootout but continue their 4 game point streak.
Game two is tomorrow with the Nords looking for two points.