GAME #7 - CANISIUS 1, #16 ALABAMA 2
PELHAM, Ala. – Junior Pierre Ouellette netted the game-winning goal exactly three minutes into overtime as No. 16 Alabama defeated Canisius, 2-1, on Friday night. The win marks Alabama’s fifth consecutive victory and moves the program to 5-5-1 all-time in overtime.
“In the locker room, we just kept saying to stay positive on the bench, just keep making smart plays and be physical,” Ouellette said. “That’s what we did in the third period, and once again, we came back in the third and won the game.”
The game opened with off-setting penalties on each team for roughing just 48 seconds into the first period. Alabama earned a power play with 2:40 to play in the period, but was unable to capitalize and the score stayed tied, 0-0, after 20 minutes of play. Alabama outshot the Griffins 18-6 in the opening frame.
Canisius took control of the game early in the second period when Doran Okon found the back of the net just 4:12 into the frame. Preston Mackert was credited with the assist. With 13:34 on the clock, the teams again took off-setting calls, this time for slashing. The Golden Griffins held a lead for over 21 minutes before Alabama pulled back into the game.
Just over five minutes into the final frame, Okon was called for tripping in front of his own net. Less than a minute later, junior Taylor Joseph capitalized with his fourth goal of the year to tie the game. Despite another power-play and outshooting Canisius, 56-33, the game went into overtime. The 56 shots were a season high for Alabama.
Ouellette’s goal came three minutes into the extra frame. After streaking down the right side, he fired a shot between the goalies pads that bounced off the post and into the back of the net.
“It was a good play from everyone,” Ouellette said. “They got the puck in deep, and I just got the lane and took the chance. It went between his legs and got it in. Good thing we got a win there.”
Alabama returns to action tomorrow when it hosts Canisius for the series finale at the Pelham Civic Complex. The game time has been pushed to 8 p.m. CT.