The Nordiques took on the Northeast Generals for the first time this season to write the next chapter in the Nordiques Generals rivalry.
The first period was a crazy back and forth battle, but the Generals got it going with an early rush goal less than two minutes in to make it 1-0. Just three minutes later Patrick Schmiedlin would get his first of 3 goals tonight to tie it up at 1. Brendon Gibbons would charge towards the front of the net and push another goal home exactly 1 minute later to make it 2-1. The Nordiques would score 2 goals on two shots and the Generals would make a goalie swap. The Nordiques would then head to the power play and Patrick Schmiedlin would pot his second on a powerful one timer that leaked through the Generals goalie and in the back of the net to make it three straight Nordiques goals. 3-1 Nords after the first period.
The second period saw no scoring, but some great back and forth action with some solid stops by Avery Sturtz. Both teams would also go 0/2 on power plays and we saw some brief 4 on 4 action.
In the third period the Generals got a goal with some great forechecking and made it a 1 goal affair. With less than ten minutes to go, the Nordiques would get a power play opportunity and just as it was expiring Patrick Schmiedlin would cap off his hat trick on another power play, assist from Jonny Meriers who now has 7 points in his last 5 games played. The Nordiques would head to the penalty kill with 4:41 left in the third and the Generals would pull their goalie for a 6 on 4 power play; but Avery Sturtz stood tall in net in the game, some great blocked shots from Pellerin, Connor and Orloff. The Nordiques would hold on for a 4-2 win.
Game two is tomorrow at 1pm when the Nordiques look to stay hot and sweep the Generals before Thanksgiving.