McLean said it was a great opportunity to get a chance to make an impact in the game.
"As the third line, we are out there to give the other lines a rest and get the puck in deep, and that was my thought," he said.
With a 2-0 lead after the first period, the Red Storm were then the hunted instead of the hunter and the Eagles were looking to strike.
Brenden Carnright drew first, collecting a rebound off a slapshot by Tavon Ford-Relation and putting it past O'Neill to cut the lead to 2-1 in the second period.
Then, Jordan Barriere and Dalton DeMarco worked the puck around the outside of the Saranac Lake zone, eventually finding Austin Bradish in the crease, who made several fakes and dekes before burying the puck at the 7:54 mark in the third to tie the game at 2-2.
"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."
"Coach wanted everyone to drive toward the net, push on for the shot and try to get a rebound," O'Neill said.
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.