Another day, another close match.
Batchewana Attack salvaged a weekend split with the Espanola Rivermen with a 2-1 triumph in Canadian International Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon at Rankin Arena.
The Rivermen, who had won four straight games prior — including a 1-0 shootout win over the Attack in Espanola on Friday — had a 1-0 lead on an Alex Zerbel goal until late in the second period on Sunday when Chris Zajac tied it for the Attack.
Darian Pilon then scored midway through the third period and Batchewana held on for the 2-1 win before more than 220 fans at the Rankin.
Espanola goalie Trevor Kalinowski — who had shut out Batchewana on Friday — was again outstanding on Sunday with a 43-save effort in defeat.
“We won a hard fought game,” said Attack coach Denny Lambert. “I am very excited that the league has tightened up with intense, close games. Those games are fun to play in and coach because you are always making adjustments.”
Espanola coach Tom McCarthy also chimed in.
“Another close game decided by a third period goal,” said McCarthy. “Batchawana carried the play for the most part of the game. Once again, Trevor was outstanding in goal as the Soo only managed the two power play goals. It’s refreshing to have such competition and the beginning of a rivalry that is here to last.”
With the win, Batchewana improved its record to 14-0-1 while Espanola is now 11-6.