Goaltenders were the stars in Canisius and Niagara Atlantic Hockey Association games on Saturday
Nick Hutchison scored in the third period to give Canisius a 1-1 overtime tie with American International College in a brilliant goaltending duel at HarborCenter. Jackson Teichroeb made 37 saves and Johnny Curran scored twice in Niagara's 4-0 Atlantic Hockey victory over Sacred Heart at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.
Charles Williams of the Griffs made 39 saves, and Zackarias Skog, AIC's freshman goalkeeper from Sweden, had 33 in the Canisius-AIC deadlock.
The two netminders were especially busy in the scoreless first period when Skog had 16 stops and Williams 12.
AIC broke through at 17:34 of the second when Hugo Reinhardt, a freshman forward from Sweden, scored his first of the season with assists from Marc Dubeau and Dominic Racobaldo.
Hutchison scored his team-high sixth of the season at 6:29 of the third with an assist by Felix Chamberland.
The teams combined for 53 shots on goal in the first two periods, and the goalkeepers stopped all but Reinhardt's goal.
Williams, who stopped 24 AIC shots on Friday in posting his second shutout of the season (4-0), was much busier Saturday. Skog redeemed himself for Friday when he was pulled from the game after he gave up four goals to the Griffs. Saturday, he faced 27 Canisius shots in the second and third periods combined and helped stop eight Canisius man-advantage situations, making 11 of his saves. AIC was 0 for 3 on its power plays, with five shots against Williams. Canisius had a 2-1 shots advantage in the five-minute overtime.
Niagara's Teichboeb was stellar in nets in turning in his first shutout of the season and sixth in 81 career starts for the Purple Eagles.The win lifted Niagara (2-8-2, 2-3-1 Atlantic Hockey) out of last place in the conference standings. Sacred Heart is 3-7-2, 2-5-0 in the AHA.
Curran scored just 40 seconds into the game with assists from T.J. Sarcona and Derian Plouffe. It was his fifth of the season. It stayed 1-0 until Nicolas Carrier scored at 11:14 of the second. Tyler Tomberlin and Vinny Muto assisted. A little more than four minutes later Stephen Pietrobon scored his fifth of the season for Niagara at 15:22. Derek Brown and Noah Delmas assisted.
Curran added his second of the game on the power play with 38 seconds left in the second period. Brown had his second assist of the game and NikoKovachis also assisted.
It was the second two-goal game of the season for Curran, a sophomore from Niagara Falls, Ont., He scored a pair in a 3-3 tie with Rensselaer on Oct. 21.
Teichroeb needed to be at his sharpest in the third period to preserve the shutout and the victory. Niagara was outshot, 14-3, in the final period.
The Purple Eagles rebounded from last-minute 4-3 loss to the Pioneers on Friday night in Bridgeport.
"What a gutsy response by our team after a heartbreaker of a loss last night," Niagara coach David Burkholder said Saturday. "I am very happy for Teichs on his shutout. He had a great performance, managing the game well with whistles and rebound control. All the way down the lineup, we played with a great edge."