Niagara Gazette — Yet the players in the lineup worked well to limit the transition game of AIC’s top scoring line of Jon Puskar, Alexander MacMillan and David Norris. While the line had a few chances on the Niagara net, the Purple Eagles also had moments of brilliance on its forechecking that forced AIC to stay in their own end. Stephen Pietrobon and Patrick Divjak were most notable on the forecheck, with Divjak getting a shot on goal during a penalty kill in the second period.
Niagara survived a couple of scares in the overtime period. First, Norris found an open MacMillan on a two-on-one but MacMillan fanned on the shot. Moments later, a Niagara giveaway presented AIC’s Dominic Racobaldo with a golden opportunity, but he fired the shot high.
Shortly after that, Pietrobon broke up another AIC two-on-one.
Niagara, meanwhile, kept peppering Leisner with shots and by the second overtime, there was a growing faith by the Purple Eagles that they would finally get their break.
“I thought by that fifth period we had better chances. We were getting shots,” said Teichroeb. “It looked like they were just getting too tired.”
Physical and mental fatigue will be a challenge for both teams as they return to play Game Two tonight at Dwyer Arena, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Burkholder was asked if he was concerned that, coming off an emotional high such as a double overtime win, his players might have a letdown the following game.
“We got their attention after. It’s time to get some nutrition in you, get some rest,” said Burkholder. “We’ll meet in the morning again and decide who can play and who can’t play. You have to rely on your leaders. We’ve got some good upperclassmen, some good captains that should handle that.”
Should a deciding third game be necessary, it will be played at 7:05 p.m. Sunday night, also at Dwyer Arena.