Maine Nordiques’ Kellen Murphy carries the puck away from Northeast Generals’ Joseph McGraw during a game at The Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday. Ron Morin photo

It took a while for the Maine Nordiques offense to get going during their season-opening series against the Northeast Generals, but the Nordiques found the back of the net in time to salvage a split of the series at The Colisee in Lewiston with a win Saturday night.

After dropping their season opener 2-1 on Friday night, the Nordiques turned the tables and won Saturday night’s game 6-3.

It was the first NAHL win for new Nordiques head coach Nick Skerlick.

The game was scoreless until Jake Bernadet gave Maine a 1-0 lead early in the second period. Kellen Murphy and David Helledy assisted on the goal, which stood as the lone tally into the second intermission.

Shane Kozlina made it a 2-0 game, thanks to assists from Falmouth native Camden Charron and Seth Murch, with 15:11 remaining, but Frank D’Ancona got the Generals on the board 53 seconds later to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Murphy grabbed momentum back for Maine 37 seconds later to make it 3-1. Cole Hipkin and Charron assisted.


Charles Tardif and Nick Romeo added insurance goals late to make it 5-1 before Ryan Remick scored two goals five seconds apart with a minute left.

Murphy potted the game’s final goal with 15.2 seconds left. Tardif provided the helper.

Thomas Heaney made 17 saves to earn the win. Marks Slavinskis-Repe stopped 24 of 30 shots for Northeast.

Murphy also scored the Nordiques’ lone goal Friday night, finally lighting the lamp in the first minute of the third period after the Generals took a 2-0 lead into the final frame. Helledy and Jack Kurrle assisted on the goal.

Tyler Ramm and Jeff Otwell scored second-period goals for the Generals.

Toby Hopp made 38 saves for Northeast, while Heaney turned aside 25 shots of Maine.

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