It was a huge sigh of relief.
Isaac Kohls scored the overtime game-winner at Bentley to end the ridiculously frustrating nine-game losing streak for the Niagara Purple Eagles.
But Kohls was just getting started.
Reunited with Hugo Turcotte and TJ Sarcona, the senior winger may have found his offensive groove. Kohls had four points (one goal, three assists) in Niagara's sweep of Army last weekend. And hockey at Monteagle Ridge seems back on track.
"I played with both of those guys before, Hugo more than Sarcs," Kohls said. "I've always liked the way Sarcs played and it's great playing with him. I thought we jelled that first game and our line jsut has a lot of chemistry."
Sarcona returned to the ice after missing the first 10 games with a broken wrist. The only player still missing from the preseason projected starting lineup is sophomore defenseman Vince Muto, who suffered a broken bone in his lower arm opening weekend.
As players return to the ice, chemistry is starting to reappear for Niagara. And it started with that overtime win at Bentley.
"I think that helped everyone take a sigh of relief," Kohls said. "After that we said, 'We'll be OK. We can still win hockey games. We're going to be fine. We see that now.' It's a totally different feeling. We're more confident in each other and that turned things around for us."
Niagara is now 3-9-0 on the season with another bye week. The Purple Eagles enjoyed a short practice week as some players went home for Thanksgiving. They will return to the ice on Monday as they prepare to host Holy Cross Dec. 5-6.
"It's great to have a week to heel," Kohls said. "There are always little injuries that don't keep people out but can progresively get worse week after week. It's nice to have a week here to get healthy... But it would be nice to keep the streak going week to week instead of having this break."
Earlier this week, freshman Robert Angiolella was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week. The forward scored three goals in the sweep of Army giving him seven points through nine games this season. He finished a plus-two and blocked four shots on the weekend.