The Maine Nordiques ran into a hot goaltender Friday night.

Jon Howe of the Jamestown Rebels stopped 41 of the 42 shots he faced in a 3-1 win in an NAHL East Division game at the Northeast Arena in Jamestown, New York.

Maine coach Matt Pinchevsky said the Nordiques put forth enough effort to win the game and were driving to the net and winning puck battles for second opportunity chances.

“The feeling was we were outworking them and outplaying them,” Pinchevsky said. “They just had a couple of (fortunate) bounces come their way.”

John Lundy opened the scoring with his 14th goal of the season, giving the Rebels a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Conor Sedlak extended Jamestown’s (15-13-3, 33 points) lead to 2-0 in the second period.

Patrick Schmiedlin put Maine (10-16-3, 23 points) on the board early in the third period to cut the deficit to 2-1. Theo Thrun assisted on the goal.

“The amount of offensive chances and how we were hitting our detail, it was a bit of relief (to score),” Pinchevsky said.

Max Hamstad added an insurance goal for the Rebels midway through the third period.

Goalie Avery Sturtz stopped 32 shots for the Nordiques.

The Nordiques take on the Rebels again Saturday night in Jamestown at 7 p.m.

“We are definitely winning the game tomorrow because that’s what we came here to do,” Pinchevsky said. “We came here to win two, but that’s off the board now. The message (after the game) was to focus on tomorrow’s win. (I told the players) you played a 60-minute effort, and that was demanded from you — they delivered on that.”

FORMER NORDIQUE COMMITS

Defenseman Casper Soderling announced earlier this week that he will continue his hockey career at American International College next year.

Soderling played two seasons with the Nordiques in 2019-20 and ’20-21, recording 11 goals and 34 assists in 94 regular-season games.

The 20-year-old Stockholm, Sweden native is playin this season with Nacka HK in Sweden’s Division II league. He has three goals and 14 assists in 20 games.

AIC is located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and has won the past two Atlantic Hockey conference championships.


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