The Maine Nordiques and the New Jersey Titans had a goaltending battle for the second straight night.

The Titans came out on top again Saturday with a 3-0 win over the Nordiques in an NAHL East Division contest at Middletown Ice World Arena in Middletown, New Jersey.

Andrew Takacs made 28 saves for the win and Gus Holt stopped 35 shots in the loss.

“(The Titans) weren’t able to score directly on (Holt),” Maine Nordiques coach Matt Pinchevsky said. “They had to get (the puck) to bounce off bodies and skates, things like that. I chose to pull the goaltender and we had a good (chance) at their net, but they were able to counter and sail (the puck) into the empty net.”

Friday night, the Titans defeated the Nordiques 3-1.

Eric Charpentier scored his first goal of the year to give the Titans a 1-0 lead midway through the second period. Former Twin City Thunder player Levente Keresztes had an assist on the goal.


The Titans struck on the power play in the middle of the third period with Chris Carroll finding the back of the net. Brendan Dumas and Tommy Bannister each collected their 26th assists of the season on the goal.

“We have to make sure we have sticks checked out front and try to get in the way of those shots,” Pinchevsky said. “We have the goaltending to stop them, but they found the back of the net with two unlucky bounces.”

David Postma scored an empty-net goal in the final minute of the game.

The Nordiques host the Johnstown Tomahawks on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. both nights at The Colisee.

“We know what exactly to work on as we prepare for Johnstown and that’s producing, scoring goals,” Pinchevsky said. “We didn’t have the production down here (in New Jersey), but we saw a lot of great things defensively, as far as a compete level and focus, our drive and determination to be hard to play against at all times.”

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