The Maine Nordiques are finding ways to win.

Down two to the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks, the Maine Nordiques stormed back for a 5-4 win at The Colisee in Lewiston for the weekend sweep of their North American Hockey League East Divisional rivals.

“It’s a testament to our locker room, those guys stuck with it, we got down early,” Maine Nordiques coach Nolan Howe said. “For being down 2-0, we were actually playing our best hockey of the season in that first period. It was very rewarding to cash a couple in the last five minutes of the period.”

Forward Tristan Fasig was the offensive catalyst for the Nordiques, scoring twice and notching an assist.

Danbury was led by former Maine Nordiques Academy 18U players Miles Harrington, who scored twice, while Gabe Dombrowski assisted on both of Harrington’s goals.

The Hat Tricks went up 2-0 when Hunter Young scored his second goal of the weekend, then Harrington, who was a late cut from the Maine Nordiques before the season started, scored his second goal as well.

Fasig provided the offense for the Nordiques in the first period, scoring with a little over five minutes left in the frame to cut the deficit to 2-1. Then, with four seconds remaining in the period, he tied the game at 2-2 on the power play.

Forward Caden Pattison had an assist on each goal.

“The power play remains hot,” Howe said. “Whereas Friday night it was the veteran line of (Tyler) Gaulin, (Aidan Connolly) and Reese Farrell, tonight was the veteran line of (Ignat) Belov, (Caden) Pattison and Fasig that helped carry us.”

Defenseman Matt Connor scored on the power play to give the Nordiques a 3-2 lead early in the second period.

The Nordiques were 2-for-2 on the man advantage and killed the only penalty they took.

Zach Whitehead stretched Maine’s lead to 4-2 later in the second period. Whitehead was one of five newcomers to record a point on the evening. Filip Wiberg, Brendon Gibbons, Kris Zapata, and Kasden Johnson each had an assist in the game.

“As they continue to get accumulated to our family, we expect big things from them moving forward,” Howe said. “Our organization has always been built on depth and we have a lot of guys who can contribute up and down the lineup.”

Danbury found the scoresheet once again with Ben Biester firing into the back of the net for the Hat Tricks’ third goal shortly after Whitehead’s goal.

Belov, who had an assist on Fasig’s first goal, scored with less than seven minutes remaining in the game to put the Nordiques up 5-3. Pattison and Fasig had the assists.

Harrington scored his second of the night a minute later to get Danbury back within a goal.

Ansel “Gus” Holt made 51 saves to earn the victory while Josh Seeley stopped 49 shots in the loss.

The Nordiques have a bye next weekend with seven teams in the East Division. They return to the ice Oct. 15-16, traveling to face the Johnstown Tomahawks.


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