The effort was fine, but associate head coach Matt Pinchevsky said the Maine Nordiques had bad luck on Friday.

The Northeast Generals (19-28-6, 44 points) capitalized and came away with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Nordiques (32-19-2, 66 points) in a North American Hockey League East Division junior hockey game in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

“(The Generals’) first two goals were off of skates,” Pinchevsky said. “So, they didn’t really score them — they go up on the scoreboard, but their first two goals go off of skates. And we made a mistake on the (penalty kill), which led to their only power play goal of the game. I would say our power play could have buried (a goal), but they did get some chances.

“Five-on-five, I thought we out-chanced them completely.”

Pinchevsky also said that he thought the Nordiques could have won the game in regulation.

Generals goalie Hugo Haas stopped 27 shots and picked up his fifth win against the Nordiques this season.

Maine’s top line provided the goals as Cannon Green scored twice and Isaiah Fox had the game-tying goal. Fox and Stefan Owens each had two assists.

Northeast had four different goal scorers.

The Generals jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Max Bronstine tipped in a Jake Dunlap shot past Nordiques goalie Avery Sturz (32 saves).

Dunlap, who has committed to play at the University of Massachusetts — the 2021 NCAA national champions — put Northeast up 2-0 on the power play with two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the first period. The Generals were 1-for-6 on the man advantage, while the Nordiques were 0-for-5.

Nordiques scored early in the second period to cut the Generals’ lead to 2-1. Fox won an offensive zone face off to Cannon Green, who ripped a shot past Haas for his ninth goal of the season.

Northeast’s two-goal lead was restored when Alexander Tertyshny found Dylan Schuett with a cross-ice pass with about seven minutes remaining in the second period.

The Nordiques had a couple chances late in the second stanza, but Haas shut down both. First, he slid across the crease to make a save on a shot by Tristan Fasig. A short time later, Haas stopped a 3-on-1 chance.

Early in the third period, the Nordiques continued to put pressure on Haas, and even had a shot that nearly went in, but it hit the post.

Green potted his second goal of the game at about the six-minute mark of the third period. Haas made the initial save of a shot by Fox, then Green put home the rebound. Stefan Owens had the secondary assist.

“I thought we got to the grade-A (scoring areas) and we did a good job burying second opportunities,” Pinchevsky said. “Maybe Haas got the first save, but we were there to capitalize on the grade-A (chances), where the goals live.”

The Nordiques had a strong start to overtime, including a Fox breakaway attempt. But Northeast’s Ricky Boysen ended the game midway through the five-minute extra period when he fired a spinning backhand shot from the right circle.

The Nordiques and Generals meet again Saturday in Attleboro.


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