Espanola Rivermen handed the Batchewana Attack its first loss of the Canadian International Hockey League season on Friday.
Espanola scored in the shootout to upend visiting Batchewana 1-0.
The 586 fans in attendance were treated to playoff-style hockey at the Espanola Community Centre as Rivermen goalie Trevor Kalinowski and Attack netminder Shane Lippincott were outstanding.
Kalinowski made 41 saves and Lippincott stopped 36 shots.
The defeat was the first for the Attack this season, which now has a record of 14-0-1.
The Rivermen now have a record of 10-5 with three straight wins.
“A super game in Espy,” said Rivermen coach Tom McCarthy. “Both teams battled for 65 minutes at both ends of the rink. It’s great to see our boys battling every night now.”
“I give a lot of credit to Tom, he had his team ready to play,” said Attack coach Denny Lambert. “We didn’t create enough traffic in front of their goalie. This was the best game we played in all season. Both teams were good and it came down to an exciting three on three, to a shootout. Looking forward to the rematch at home on Sunday (4 p.m. at Rankin Arena.)”
The Rivermen are on the road tonight for a game with the all-new Markstay-Warren Spirit Warriors at 7 p.m.