The third period wasn’t a minute old when Townsend was called on a hitting from behind penalty and Johnson swooped in again during a scrum two seconds after that, assisted by D’Agostino.
The Vikings would cap the night with an empty-net goal from Hillick in the final minutes to put Triton on top of the CAL.
“We’re a very young team and we’re going to learn from this,” said Kuchar. “We’re going to learn that we have to play a full three periods. We have to get better. Obviously, we’re disappointed with the loss, but we want to be the better team on Feb. 23, not the better team on Dec. 22 and the kids know that and we’re going to work to get better.”
“The first period, we played very well,” said Wile. “We went up 2-0, so we won the period. (But) we’re inexperienced and immature right now and it showed. The second period, we came back, the first goal, Devon would like to have back. The second was a rocket, but we have to be in better position and I think we can stop both of those goals, I really do. Yeah, we’d like to have the second period back, but for the most part, it was a solid game.”
With his entire third line out on injuries, Wile looks forward to getting a team back that is at full strength.
“I’m a very proud coach of that group inside the locker room,” Wile said. “The kids stood up, they stood tall. Tonight was, even though it’s early in the year, for possession of first. Last year it was wire-to-wire and I don’t see any reason why we can’t do it again this year. But it’s a work in progress everyday, everyday.”