Northmen battle back to stay undefeated with a 15-13 win. In a heavyweight tilt in the New England IBLA, the Maine Northmen outlasted the Nor’Easters (2-3) to remain undefeated at 4-0 and clinched first place in their division. It’s very hard to find a closer more competitive game than this one.
Kyle. Baker and Dylan Kenney (1a) set up Griffin Gustaffsson (2g) at 2:15 to give the Northmen the early lead. Kyle Rumberger (4g) answered at 4:20 and the battle was heating up. Maine got back to back tallies from Nick James (2g) off a pretty feed from Thomas Lavasseur. An unassisted net bender from Brandon Dube (2g) put it to a 3-1 score before Joe Weber (1g) countered to get it to 3-2. CJ LeBreck (1g,2a) countered but Rumberger and Cam Egan (1g) answered for the Nor’Easters to close the first period with a 4-4 score.
It was more of the same in the middle stanza when KR Jurgevich (3g,1a) put the Northmen up with just :50 played. Jurgevich became playmaker setting up Kyle Baker (3g,3a) countered by a man-advantage tally from Rumberger made it a 6-5 affair. 2:29 later it would be Jake Harrington (4g) kicking off his big game with an unassisted goal and the combatants was knotted up again, this time at 6-6.
Garrett Naimie (1g,1a) and Baker setting up Jurgevich nudged the lead to 8-6 for the Northmen. It took Harrington all of :48 to score two to, once again tie things up.
At 15:34 Naimie was the catalyst on another Baker marker. A man-advantage goal from Jimmy Cunningham (1g) closed the thrilling second with a 9-9 score. The Nor’Easters kept their foot on the gas. They were rewarded by a pair from Harrington and a single by Shawn Tierney (1g) to stake a seemingly commanding 12-9 edge.
Save that thought fella. Baker hit a streaking George Gilbert (1g), LaBreck fed a sweet pass to Jurgevich, Baker, Nick James, Tom Lavasseur (1g,2a) all hit rope. With 8:20 to play the face of the game was rearranged. Tyler Callan (1g) stopped the run with a man-up marker. Just three seconds remaining, Gustafsson closed the scoring on a short-handed goal from LaBreck and netminder, Brian Duncan. Shots favored the Northmen, 41-32 with Duncan making 18 saves and Teddy Strzetelski stopping 25 for the Nor’Easters. Northmen battle back to stay undefeated.