Maine Nordiques coach Matt Pinchevsky wanted another 60-minute effort Saturday night like the team showed Friday night.

A three-goal second period by the Jamestown Rebels didn’t allow that to happen. The Rebels defeated the Nordiques with a 4-3 win at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, New York.

“It was an excellent start. We won the first period. We tied the third period and we lost the second period,” Pinchevsky said. “You can’t win a (game) in 40 minutes. When we get a full 60-minute effort like last night and we earn enough to win, that’s going to be the level of consistency that we need to carry the rest of the season.”

Ignat Belov scored on the power play for his ninth goal of the season to give the Nordiques (10-7-3, 23 points) a 1-0 lead with 6:45 remaining in the first period.

Pinchevsky asked the team to create more opportunities in front of the net before the game.

“We asked for results from the slot and the net-front presence,” Pinchevsky said. “All three of our goals came from it.”

The Rebels (16-13-3, 35 points) scored three straight in the second period and 2021 Twin City Thunder draft pick Owen Simmons tied the game 1-1 early in the period. It was his first goal of the year.

Midway through the period, Landon MacDonald scored and the Rebels took a 2-1 lead. Kolby Amici gave Jamestown a 3-1 lead with under five minutes to play in the second.

Sacred Heart University commit Aidan Connolly stopped the bleeding for the Nordiques, scoring his seventh goal of the season with under three minutes to play in the middle frame.

“Connolly is a very good hockey player and very smart,” Pinchevsky said. “He knows how to consistently produce because he uses his (skills) and he knows where to go (to create opportunities).”

Mitch Lafay scored a goal early in the third period to restore a two-goal lead.

Theo Thrun beat Jamestown goalie Jon Howe (28 saves) for a power-play goal with a little over two minutes remaining. It was his fifth goal since joining the team in December.

Maine was 2-for-5 on the man advantage while Jamestown was 0-for-3.

The Nordiques couldn’t force overtime with another late goal.

Avery Sturtz made 29 saves in the loss.

Maine returns to the road next weekend to visit the New Jersey Titans on Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (7 p.m.) nights.


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