The Maine Nordiques were coming off of an 8-1 victory from the previous night.
The first period started with both teams flat-footed and the Nordiques killing off a penalty early. They would then head to a power play toward the end of the period but would suffer a shorthanded goal. Kellen Murphy had a great chance to tie it but missed the net closing out the period and the Hat Tricks got a 1-0 lead after one period.
The second period started with a Nord’s man advantage, but would not convert. The penalty kill came up big once again thanks to the Nordiques goaltender Tommy Heaney making a big left-pad stop. The Nordiques would respond midway through the frame as Oliver Genest shoveled a pass ahead to Patrick Schmedlin who fired a shot that had eyes and tied the game at one. The Nordiques carried that momentum into the power play; Wiberg found the stick of Brendan Gibbons in front who tipped it home to make it 2-1. Gibbons would finish the two-game set with two goals and three assists. 2-1 Nords after two periods.
The third started with Patrick Schmedlin who set up Tony Achille who roofed one to the blocker side to make it 3-1 Nords. Patrick Schmedlin would record a goal and an assist en route to the first star and a two point night. The Nordiques got a power play chance in the back half of the third but couldn’t find the dagger. The Hat Tricks pulled their goaltender with two minutes left, the Nords would hang on and add rabbit stew to their Thanksgiving menu.
The Nords hit the road to face the New Jersey Titans to kick off December next. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!