Niagara Gazette


February 14, 2014

Shorthanded goal lifts NU hockey to win


Niagara Gazette — Niagara regained the lead at the 7:48 mark with Brock Edwards' fifth goal of the season. Carrying the puck in the faceoff circle to Shafer's right, Edwards had Chiarantano open at the point for a shot. But he also had room of his own and, upon seeing that, curled around to face the net and wristed in the goal.

"When he has the puck on his stick, you just have to watch his hands," said Burkholder about Edwards, who also picked up an assist. "His tight area skills, and the plays and the vision he has for a freshman is pretty special."

Robert Morris again tied the game with Colin South's goal at the 12:09 mark of the second. The Colonials then moved into a 3-2 lead at the 15:49 mark of the period with Greg Gibson's goal.

If the second period belonged to Robert Morris, the third period was Niagara's. Kevin Ryan tied the game at 3-3 when he blasted a shot from the point that found its way through traffic as well as Shafer.

With 2:50 left in the third period, Niagara found itself shorthanded when Chiarantano was sent to the penalty box for slashing. It was on that penalty kill when Sarcona and Pietrobon set up the game-winner. 

"(Coach Burkholder) allows us to be aggressive," said Sarcona about the play. "He gives us free range to do what we want. Yes, it was a risky play but it's a tie game, and everyone's trying to score and win the hockey game, so it was some desperation and luckily it ended up on my stick, we went the other way and we scored."

Niagara further secured the win when Ryan Rashid fired the puck into an emptied Robert Morris net with 40 seconds remaining.

Freshman goalie Adrian Ignagni picked up his sixth win of the season for Niagara, stopping 27 shots and improving his record to 6-6-2 on the season. Shafer made 34 saves in his team's loss.

The same two teams will skate again on Saturday night at Robert Morris, located in suburban Pittsburgh.

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