AUBURN – Edward Little still hasn’t lost a game since dropping two straight to open the season, but the Eddies can’t call their current run a winning streak anymore.

Cony senior Eric Bineau fired the puck past EL netminder Adam Loudermilk with 7:13 to play in regulation, and Rams’ goalie Nick Claudel turned back 28 shots to force a 2-2 deadlock with the red hot Red Eddies at Ingersoll Arena on Tuesday morning.

“It was hard to judge where (Loudermilk) was,” Bineau said. “I thought he had the angle down pretty well, and I saw a small hole, and I knew I had a man crashing, so I put it on net, and, at worst, there would be a rebound.”

On the other end, after the teams battled hard in the first period to find any breathing room, Edward Little started pounding Claudel with shots. In the second, he saw 10 shots, and in the third and overtime another 13.

“Their goalie came up big all game,” EL coach Craig Latuscha said. “He played his position well, and we couldn’t finish. He saved the day.”

The Eddies (4-2-1) started the second period down 1-0, but surged forward despite a rash of penalties.

“Their forwards work really well down low with the puck,” Cony coach Chad Foye said. “They move the puck really well, passing to each other. I think we countered that really well when they worked. When we stand and watch, we can’t win anything.”

Corey Binette knotted the game at 1-1 on the power play 4:01 into the middle frame. Chris Carver made it 2-1 EL at 9:26 on a feed from Corey Larue.

“(Larue) went to pass it, and it went off the defenseman’s skate and right to my stick,” Carver said. “I just let it fly.”

Both goals came from the Eddies’ second unit, which needed to perform after the Rams managed to shut down EL’s potent top line.

“We knew they had a couple of guys that can really shoot. and we took extra precaution when they were out there,” Foye said.

In the third, Bineau’s goal came after three EL players overpursued to the left side on a penalty kill, leaving the senior wide open on the other end.

“We had to switch the lines up a little bit, mix things up,” Latuscha said. “That took us away from our game a little bit, and we got worn down and a little tired. (Cony) worked hard, and they played a good game.”

Tom Poulin scored the Rams’ first goal at 14:14 of the opening period on a rebound in front.


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