Goaltenders were the stars in Canisius and Niagara games on Saturday in the Atlantic Hockey Association.
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 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, another freshman from Sweden, scored.
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 had stopped 24 AIC shots on Friday in his second shutout (4-0). Skog, who was pulled from the game Friday after he gave up four goals, faced 27 Canisius shots in the second and third periods combined on Saturday and helped turn back eight Canisius man-advantage situations with 11 saves.
Niagara’s Teichroeb was stellar in nets in turning in his first shutout of the season and sixth in 81 career starts for the Purple Eagles (2-8-2, 2-3-1 Atlantic Hockey). Sacred Heart is 3-7-2, 2-5-0 in the AHA.
Curran scored 40 seconds into the game with assists from T.J. Sarcona and Derian Plouffe. Nicolas Carrier scored at 11:14 of the second. Tyler Tomberlin and Vinny Muto assisted. Stephen Pietrobon tallied his fifth of the season at 15:22. Derek Brown and Noah Delmas assisted.
Curran added his second of the game and sixth of the season on the power play with 38 seconds left in the second period. Brown had his second assist and Niko Kovachis also helped.
Teichroeb needed to be sharp in the third period to preserve the shutout and the victory as Niagara was outshot, 14-3.
"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."