After trailing in regulation, the Maine Nordiques saw themselves trailing once again in a shootout. And again, the Nordiques battled back to score twice in the shootout to earn a 3-2 victory Wednesday over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks in an NAHL East Division game at the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, Connecticut.

After Danbury’s Robert Hyde scored in the first round of the shootout, Maine forwards Jonny Meiers and Tristan Fasig scored in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, to secure the win. Goaltender Avery Sturtz stopped Danbury shooters in rounds two through four.

“(Meiers) made sure he got it over the line and he made it look pretty easy,” Maine Nordiques coach Matt Pinchevsky said. “When Avery put us in a position to get the job done, Tristan Fasig, being from (Connecticut) and being a leader, is pretty good as far as shooting in stride…I said, ‘(Fasig) win this for us.’ He gave us the lead and it was on Avery and I think Avery would have stopped the rest of (Danbury’s) bench if they kept shooting.”

Sturtz made 35 saves in regulation and overtime combined.

“I think he had a ton of fun,” Pinchevsky said. “I think at times in the game, he kept a clear head when it could be really easy to be frustrated. He will do anything to help us win and that’s what we did tonight.”

The win also was a delayed road sweep, of sorts, as Wednesday’s game was a make-up game from February when Danbury Ice Arena experienced ice issues. The Nordiques had won the first of what was scheduled to be consecutive games on Feb. 17, with the Feb. 18 game postponed because of the ice issues.


“(The team) is looking at this as a road sweep, which we hadn’t completed yet this year,” Pinchevsky said. “Technically they are correct. We won night one and we never played night two, and the make-up for night two, we just won it. That’s always a good box to check there.”

Maine (22-27-10, 54 points) battled back from a 2-0 first-period deficit.

Meiers potted his 11th goal of the season for the Nordiques early in the third period to cut Danbury’s lead to 2-1.

Patrick Schmiedlin evened the game at 2-2 midway through the third period when his shot beat Hat Tricks goalie Adam Johnson (35 saves). Fasig and defenseman Nicholas Bernardo had the assists.

Danbury (12-41-5, 29 points) took the lead in the middle of the first period when Richard Davis put the Hat Tricks up 1-0 at the 11:33 mark.

Andrew Eberling — who had an assist on Davis’ goal — gave the Hat Trick a 2-0 lead with under five minutes left in the first. Miles Harrington had the assist. Harrington was a member of the Maine Nordiques 18U team last season.

The Nordiques wrap up the season Sunday in Attleboro, Massachusetts, against the Northeast Generals at 4 p.m.

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