The Maine Nordiques opened the 2022-23 season with all cylinders running.

Thirteen players recorded at least one point in a 6-3 victory over the Northeast Generals in an NAHL East Division contest at The Colisee on Friday night.

Laurent Trepanier, who played a handful of games last season for the Nordiques, scored two goals for the Nordiques. Third-year player Patrick Schmiedlin and rookie John-Paul Steele each had a goal and an assist.

“That’s how we want to succeed as a team,” Maine Nordiques coach Matt Pinchevsky said of the number of players who notched a point. “If we have some adversity or failure that helps us learn, we want that to happen as a team. If we have any success whatsoever, it’s going to be team success and championship-caliber success, not individual (success).”

Brendan Gibbons, the recent Air Force commit who scored 20 goals last season, picked up where he left off by scoring the first goal of the Nordiques’ season in the middle of the first period. Linemates Jonny Meiers and Filip Wiberg had the assists on the power-play marker.

The Nordiques went 1-for-5 on the man advantage while the Generals were 1-for-3.


The coaching staff wasn’t surprised Gibbons scored the first goal of the season.

“We all knew it was coming at some point; we didn’t know it was going to start that way,” Pinchevsky said. “(Associate) coach Kyle Warren mentioned if we were placing bets on who was going to score the first goal back at The Colisee this season, he had his money on Brendan Gibbons. Kyle Warren definitely won in Vegas tonight.”

Schmiedlin put Maine up 2-0, beating Generals goalie Cullen DeYoung (27 saves) late in the first period. Defensemen Steele and Seth Murch set up the goal.

The offense opened up for both teams in the second period. Forwards Blake Rothstein and Trepanier stretched the Nordiques’ lead to 4-0.

The Generals responded with goals from Jared Scott and Sixten Jennersjo in the final five minutes of the second period to cut the deficit to 4-2.

“We kind of worked through a little bit of adversity, maybe getting in our own way for a bit,” Pinchevsky said. “But, we fed off the crowd’s energy and the life back in the building at The Colisee.”


Trepanier potted his second goal of the middle period with under two minutes remaining in the stanza.

Steele recorded his second point of the evening with a goal in the third period for a 6-2 Nordiques lead.

“They are excited to learn; they are very hungry to execute, compete and contribute,” Pinchevsky said of the first-year players. “I am glad they got an opportunity to do that, and there wasn’t a load on any one line or one player’s shoulders.”

Nick Ramm beat Maine goalie Thomas Heaney (27 saves) later in the third period for Northeast’s third goal of the contest.

The Nordiques host the Generals again Saturday at 7 p.m.

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