The North Metro Nordiques (0-4) dropped a heart breaker to the Isotopes, (2-3) in IBLA action in the Minnesota IBLA. A close game for most of it, saw the Isotopes pull away for a 15-12 defeat of the Nordiques. This was the big battle in Minnesota.
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Most of the Isotopes damage was done by two players. Evan McNally with an eight-point night with his five tallies. Grant Taff adding a six-point game with his five goals. Connor Nadeau countered for the Nordiques with a five-goal game of his own with an assist thrown in for good measure.
The Nordiques answered with a marker from Nick Stehr (1g). Three minutes later it was Nadeau turning the scoreboard to the Nordiques way, 4-3. Evan McNally started his big night, but Nadeau countered. Taff and McNally set the plate for a man-down goal. Kevin Seeling (2g), Nadeau, and Taff countered each other with McNally closing the thrilling first period. It was a 7-6 Isotopes lead.
Lonetree added his second at the 1:09 mark quickly followed by Andrew Carlson (2g,1a) and with Taff countering. Blake Barth (1g) and Carlson followed but, again, the run would be snuffed out by an Isotopes run fueled by Diedrich, Taff, a man-up tally from McNally. Seeling converting a Diedrich set up and Lukas Johnson scored to signal the end of the middle stanza with the Isotopes pulling away, 13-10.
McNally added another Isotopes goal with 1:00 gone to push it to a four-goal lead. Nadeau hit for another goal to stop the bleeding, Nadeau hit for another before McNally had an answer, and at the 14:35 mark, AJ Stehr capped the scoring in the 15-12 game. The Isotopes were whistled for only two penalties while the Nordiques were called for12. Shots favored the Isotopes,44-29 with Zach Picard stopping 17 Nordiques shots, his counterpart, Chase Pankow made 29 saves for the Nordiques. How about that for a big battle in Minnesota.