Forward Nils Forselius continued his hot hand for the Maine Nordiques against the New Jersey Titans.

The Army commit had a goal and two assists in the Nordiques’ 5-2 victory over the Titans in an NAHL junior hockey game at The Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday.

New Jersey’s Dominik Bartecko gets a stick on a shot as he battles Aidan Dixon in front of Maine Nordiques goaltender Adam Moller during second-period action Saturday at The Colisee in Lewiston. Ron Morin photo

Maine also defeated New Jersey 6-2 on Friday, with Forselius notching two goals and an assist.

“Nils had eight points this weekend; so he will be player of the week, without a doubt,” Maine coach Nick Skerlick said. “There’s no question about it.”

With the win, the Nordiques (18-6-3, 39 points) keep pace with the Maryland Black Bears (18-6-4, 40 points), who are in first place in the East Division.

Forselius opened the scoring early in the first period to give Maine a 1-0 advantage.


The teams traded goals late in the first, with Leo Schwartz scoring for New Jersey (13-12-1, 27 points) and Laurent Trepanier finding the back of the net for Maine for a 2-1 Nordiques lead.

Tomek Haula scored his first goal since joining the Nordiques, giving them a 3-1 advantage early in the second period.

Simon Becar cut the Titans’ deficit to 3-2 later in the middle frame.

Jake Bernadet of the Maine Nordiques tries to get away from Titans forward Nikita Meshcheryakov during Saturday’s game at The Colisee in Lewiston. Ron Morin photo

It remained a one-goal game until Maine created breathing room late in the third period when Kellen Murphy notched an empty-net goal.

To that point, Murphy hadn’t recorded any goals or assists in the weekend series, but Skerlick said he was playing well enough to be on the ice when New Jersey pulled its goalie.

“Typically, I don’t put Kellen in that situation,” Skerlick said. “Up a goal with two minutes left, Kellen is usually not on the ice, but he deserved that. Good for Kellen Murphy.”


Maine’s Charles Tardif scored a 5-on-5 goal to cap the scoring. His goal was set up by Liam Gilmartin.

“Charles Tardif and Liam Gilmartin are playing really injured right now,” Skerlick said. “For them to get the weekend, each having two points, we will take what we can out of them.”

Nordiques goalie Adam Moller made 28 saves. Dylan Krick made stopped 26 shots for the Titans.

Maine finishes its eight-game home stand 5-2-1.

“It wasn’t a bad little eight games at The Colisee,” Skerlick said.

The Nordiques go on the road next weekend to take on the Rochester Jr. Americans on Friday and Saturday.

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