The Nordiques were taking on the Maryland Black Bears for the first time this season looking to snap a two game losing streak.
The Black Bears headed to a power-play early in the game, but the Nords penalty kill came up big. The Nords then got a power-play of their own but couldn’t convert. The Black Bears would continue the pressure and find the back of the net. They would then add another on a power-play and lead 2-0 after one period.
The Nordiques would storm back in the second period as Kim Hilmersson would cut the lead to 1. The Nords would add another less than two minutes later and tie it at 2. As the teams battled, the Black Bears would score on a rush chance to take the lead. Exactly one minute later, Nick Bernardo added another to tie it at 3 after two periods of play.
The Nordiques started the third period battling and came up with some big saves from their goaltender Tommy Heaney; but would take a penalty and the Bears would convert. The Nordiques had their goaltender pulled and Wiberg would win a face-off back to Patrick Schmedlin in the slot to tie it with just ten seconds remaining. We would need overtime.
Both teams got great chances in the overtime period, the Nordiques couldn’t solve the Black Bears goaltender making the game head to a shootout.
The shootout would go ten rounds as The Nords elected the Bears to shoot first. The Nords would need to score after three rounds; Jonny Meires would do just that to keep it going. Tommy Heaney was exceptional in the shootout, but the Black Bears would score in the top of the tenth round and their goaltender would deny Aidan Coupe to get the win.
Game two is tomorrow at 7pm when the Nordiques play their last game before Christmas.