The Maine Nordiques ended October with a bang, cruising to an 8-2 victory over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks in an NAHL East Division game at the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, Connecticut, on Saturday.

Maine has won four straight games.

“It was a good game. There were a few (colleges) in the building, which is good, and some guys got attention,” Maine Nordiques coach Matt Pinchevsky said. “Thomas Heaney had a big win for us, the power play is still cooking and the penalty kill is improving every single game. We are going to stay focused and we will enjoy (the win tonight) and recover tomorrow. We are back at work on Monday.”

Lindenwood University commit Patrick Schmiedlin led the way with a goal and two assists for the Nordiques (6-7-0, 12 points). Laurent Trepanier, Henrik Hallberg, and Anthony Achille each notched a goal and an assist.

Trepanier and Hallberg each lead the team with six goals on the season.

Heaney made 29 saves in the win for the Nordiques.


Besides defenseman Nicholas Bernardo, who’s currently injured, most of the roster made an impact in Friday’s win or Saturday’s win, according to Pinchevsky.

Former Maine Nordiques Academy player Miles Harrington gave the Hat Tricks (2-15-0, 4 points) a 1-0 lead early in the first period.

Forwards Brendan Gibbons and Achille scored 89 seconds apart in the middle of the first period for a 2-1 lead for the Nordiques.

Gibbons scored on the power play, with Hallberg setting it up. Schmiedlin set up Achille’s tally.

Achille has tallied six points (three goals and three assists) in the past five games.

“Tony is a 200-foot player, full of heart, full of character, and he’s a talented hockey player,” Pinchevsky said.


Wyatt Stefan tied the game at 2-2 early in the second period for Danbury.

Trepanier scored his team-leading sixth goal for the Nordiques about five minutes into the second period for a 3-2 lead.

Blake Rothstein potted his second goal of the year to give Maine a two-goal advantage late in the second period.

Maine scored four times in the final 10 minutes of the third period. Schmiedlin extended the lead to 5-2 while Filip Wiberg tallied the sixth goal.

Rookies Oliver Genest and Hallberg capped the scoring for the Nordiques, with both goals coming on the power play.

Adam Johnson stopped 35 shots for Danbury.

The Nordiques are back on the road Friday and Saturday against the Philadelphia Rebels for 8 p.m. faceoffs.

“We will refuse to enter the comfort zone. We are going to stay uncomfortable, we are going to work on being comfortable, we will embrace adversity,” Pinchevsky said. “We will work on dishing out adversity to our opponents.”

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