Mike Domsodi cut the SSU deficit to a goal late in the first period when he was able to capitalize off of a third rebound. Vikings goalie Ryan Sutliffe had 29 saves and didn’t give up a bad goal all night. Mike Cox scored in the second period after a Wentworth shot from the point hit a SSU defenseman in front and landed on the Cox’s stick with a wide open look at the net.
Even the game-winner nine minutes into the third was a little wacky. After a shot from the point took an odd ricochet behind the net, the puck squirted right to Joel Vastl, who had a wide-open net to shoot at.
“They (SSU) were more ready to play than we were. I think hockey is a game of momentum and energy. They had it and I don’t think it was totally corrected until midway through the second (period),” said Wentworth coach R.J. Tolan. “My guys just needed to compete a little harder. No Xs and Os, just a little bit more effort and competitive spirit.”
That competitive spirit, from both clubs, is something SSU hockey fans have been itching to see. Whether it had to do with the lack of Bruins games or not, Rockett Arena was packed with students who showed up in full to support the Vikings in their first home game.
“I Think we had a good crowd for the first night. I think we can put some exciting games together here,” said O’Neil. “I hope people in our student body support us like they did tonight.”