Niagara Gazette — The Purple Eagles’ depth has been tested — as is all teams' during a long season. It has been a case of so far so good.
“It is a chance to for us to give underclassmen some quality minutes, and that is great for development down the road,” Burkholder said. “There is no better way to become a better player and learn the game than by getting playing time.
“It has been good. It is part of hockey where you go through these stretches where you have some unfortunate injuries. That is why you have a full team. That is why it is a team sport.”
Continued good play could cause a good problem for the Purple Eagles. The coaching staff might have to decide who to suit up, deciding between a player who was injured and ready to come back and another player who stepped up when called upon.
“We have great chemistry in our locker room,” Burkholder said. “We have a motto that says, ‘If you are not in the lineup on a Friday or Saturday night, you root for the guy who is playing.’”