"Austin is an impact player for us," coach Justin Frechette said after the game. "Austin can come out an dominate games when he wants to. I thought the boys did a great job battling back."
With around three minutes to play in the period, Ellsworth called a timeout with the puck in the Red Storm zone to let his Red Storm players catch their breath.
We needed a well deserved rest at that time," Ellsworth said. "I told them to not grip their sticks as hard, because you can panic in the final three minutes of a game like this."
"We were working on the faceoff and covering it," said Matt Phelan. "We had to tie it up and clear it."
The Storm won the faceoff and Dalton DeMarco pushed the puck into the Beekmantown zone. After strong forecheck by Barriere got the puck off DeMarco's stick, it found its way to Phelan.
"I didn't really think, I just shot," Phelan said about the shot that would turn into the game winning goal. "I didn't know it had went in until everyone started yelling."
The Eagles used their timeout with just over one minute remaining, pulling goalie Kyle McCarthy for the final minute for the extra attacker.
However, the Red Storm was able to clear the puck each time to secure the win.
"It was going to be the little things that made the difference," Frechette said. " We just weren't able to capitalize on all of our opportunities. I think the character of our team all year long has been to continue to battle for 45 minutes. We had the play, we had the shot, and it ended up two inches to the left and hit the goalie in the helmet."
In the end, Frechette said he could not have asked his team for more.
"They gave me everything they had," he said. "I asked them before the game to leave it all out on the ice and they did."