WG hockey tied by Syracuse Cougars, 1-1

Wildcats shutout streak ends, but remains undefeated

— Just after the Wildcats returned to full strength, at the 12:11 mark, Sean Eccles, off a clean pass from Matt Eccles, took a shot from the left point.

Jared Ristoff, situated in front of the net, redirected the puck past Henry Burns, tying the game. It was the first goal WG had allowed in three weeks, since the third period of a 3-2 victory over Baldwinsville back on Jan. 8.

And that tie would hold throughout a tense third period. WG and Syracuse both had power-play opportunities, but were unable to convert, the Cougars not even getting a shot on the net in its man advantage late in regulation.

Through that frame, and through five minutes of overtime, nothing got settled. Griffin Sasso had the Wildcats' best shot in OT, but Walsh gloved it, and Burns handled everything else that came to his net, too.

For the night, Walsh stopped 34 of 35 shots. Burns, so often protected by WG's vaunted defense, had to make 25 saves, most of them in the game's latter stages.

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