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October 25, 2013

Niagara hockey prepares for two in Colorado

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara University hockey team is heading to Colorado for a pair of games this weekend, one against a nationally-ranked team and the other against an Atlantic Hockey Association rival that has given the Purple Eagles fits in the conference.

First it’s a date with Denver tonight, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The Pioneers are currently ranked 17th in the nation and have never lost to Niagara in their three previous meetings since the 2003-04 season. 

Denver is currently 2-2-0 on the season with both losses coming in overtime against Alaska and Alaska-Anchorage, respectively. Their leading scorer is Nolan Zajac, who enters the weekend with four points (one goal and three assists). David Makowski leads the team in goals with two.

Senior goaltender Sam Brittain has been their early leader in front of the Pioneer net, allowing only three goals for a save percentage of .965 and a goals-against overage of 0.98.

Niagara then travels to Colorado Springs for a Sunday game against Air Force. While Niagara holds an overall record of 29-17-4 in the series since it began in 1996, the Falcons have gone 7-1-1 against the Purple Eagles since joining the AHA.

Cole Gunner has three goals and two assists for five points with Air Force, while Chad Demers has one goal and four assists for five points. Eleven more Falcons have at least one point in four games. In goal, all three netminders have seen action but senior Jason Torf has had most of the action, allowing just nine goals and holding a .895 save percentage and a 2.79 goals-against average heading into the weekend.

Sunday’s game at Air Force begins at 6:05 p.m. Eastern Time. Both road games will be broadcast live by WLVL Radio, 1340 AM, and online via the America One Network.

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