Methot's OT winner ended an amazing night that felt very much like the 2007 Hockeyville game as more than 3,500 fans crammed into Memorial Gardens to watch the new, fast paced brand of hockey." — BayToday
Some teams would need a month of home games to play in front of 3,500 fans. And being compared favourably with a game that featured NHL teams (OK, it was exhibition and OK, it was the New York Islanders and Atlanta Thrashers, but still) is pretty impressive.
Nipissing was credited with a 48-14 edge in shots on goal, for what's it worth. Riley Whitlock made 46 saves for the Gee-Gees.
In a sense it was appropriate a team from Ottawa was Nipissing's first opponent. It calls to mind the junior hockey rivalry that existed between the old North Bay Centennials and the Ottawa 67's and their two long-time coaches, the late Bert Templeton and semi-retired Brian Kilrea.