Making a second comeback, the Brothers pulled even 3-3 with 6:36 left when Nick Papayanakos took a perfect feed from Sam Mueller, flew in and beat Izyk with a backhand.
Now the tension built, and CBA/J-D had power-play chances late in regulation, only to see Izyk turn away Firman’s close-up shot, his 26th save of the night.
Thoughts began to drift to a possible OT period – until, with 34 seconds to play, Oswego again swarmed around Decker, who to that point had matched Izyk with 26 saves of his own. Yet Decker could do nothing about Tyler Grimshaw swarming in and jarring a loose puck past him for what proved to be the game-winner.
In a desperate attempt to tie it again, CBA/J-D pulled Decker and tried to attack, but instead Sova notched an empty-net goal, creating a two-goal margin in a game that was, in actuality, far closer.