Niagara Gazette

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January 31, 2014

NU hockey heads to Sacred Heart

Niagara Gazette — Coming off a two-game sweep against RIT at home last weekend, the Niagara University hockey team travels to Milford, Connecticut for two games against a team against which they’ve historically fared very well.

Tonight the Purple Eagles will face the Sacred Heart Pioneers in the first of two games in as many nights. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Whether it’s at home or on the road, Sacred Heart (6-18-0 overall, 5-12-0 Atlantic Hockey Association) has never defeated Niagara (7-14-3 overall, 7-7-3 AHA), with the Purple Eagles going 9-0-1 all-time against the Pioneers, including a 3-0-1 record in Milford.

The wins last weekend at Dwyer Arena finally gave the Purple Eagles some rewards for noticeably busier work in the offensive zone, with the team averaging 38 shots per game in their last four outings, and an average of just over 35 shots on goal per game since the start of January. Patrick Divjak leads the team with a total 84 shots on goal so far this season, with Hugo Turcotte second with 75 shots on net.

Isaac Kohls has taken over as leading scorer with 10 goals and 10 assists, leading the team in both categories. 

The team also comes into this weekend’s series following two performances by freshmen that earned AHA honors. Niagara Falls native Vincent Muto was named the conference’s Rookie of the Week, while goaltender Adrian Ignagni was honored for his first collegiate shutout by earning the Goalie of the Week nod. Ignagni stopped 69 of 70 shots put on him by RIT skaters last weekend.

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