Niagara Gazette

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March 1, 2014

Niagara hockey grounds Air Force, 4-1

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Niagara Gazette — “I felt good out there,” said Teichroeb, who recorded his fifth win of the season. “I felt really comfortable.”

Noticeably missing from the Dwyer crowd were the pep band and the students who usually occupy the arena’s Section 9. That’s because spring break began on campus earlier in the day and most students had left. Even those taking part in the game noticed its slow start.

“It’s kind of tough but it’s happened quite a bit through the season,” said Teichroeb. “I try to play pucks, just stay in the game, anything to keep me moving and stay warm, then just try to keep my focus.”

In time, though, the crowd came alive as both teams saw their first decent scoring chances arriving early in the second period.

Air Force’s first chance came seconds into Niagara’s first power play. After the Falcons sent the puck into the Niagara end, Teichroeb mishandled it and Niagara found itself scrambling to keep a Falcons forechecker from getting a clear shot. That ended with a slashing call on Niagara’s Isaac Kohls.

Then, as Air Force was about to go on the man advantage, Niagara got its first good scoring chance when, amidst a scrum, the puck was sliding at the Falcons goal line with the Purple Eagles’ Dan Kolenda there and ready to pounce. Air Force was able to keep him from getting his stick on the puck and they survived the scare.

Air Force finally broke the scoreless tie at the 15:00 mark of the second period. With Niagara just returning to full strength after killing a penalty, the Falcons’ A.J. Reid, standing in the slot, redirected a shot from Jason Fabian and beat Teichroeb.

“We stayed focused. We didn’t get down on ourselves,” said Chartrain. “You give up one and you tend sometimes to give up a bit. But we stuck to our game plan, we started pressuring them and got a couple breaks, and put it home.”

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