Niagara Gazette — Just over two minutes later, junior Patrick Divjak scored his second goal on the year on assists by Jason Beattie and Chris Lochner to even things up.
After Niagara controlled the pace for much of the first two periods, RIT held the Purple Eagles to just seven shots in the third and overtime frames, forcing the tie.
Playing just their third game in nearly four weeks, Burkholder pointed to a little rust for the team’s slow finish.
“I thought we looked a little sluggish,” Burkholder said. “When you don’t play games and you’re not in game shape, you kind of get a little rusty. Carsen saved his best for the third and in overtime when we needed him.”
Chubak made 19 saves, including two key stops late in overtime, and earned the game’s second star. He heads into Christmas break as the nation’s top goaltender, leading in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.
“We’ve had a lot of breaks lately. It’s kind of almost frustrating,” Chubak said of Niagara’s stop-and-go December. “But we’ll take the time off. We don’t have an option, I guess. So we’ll enjoy our Christmas and get back to it all after.”
The Purple Eagles head off on another break for the holidays. They don’t play again until Dec. 29, when they travel to face non-conference opponent Bowling Green.
Still, sitting all alone in the AHA’s top spot with their streak still intact, Burkholder and the Purple Eagles find themselves in a nice spot heading into the holiday.
“We kept the home streak alive; we’re unbeaten in league play going into Christmas. There’s a lot to be happy and thankful for this Christmas,” Burkholder said. “We have a lot of positives to build on in the second half.”