Niagara Gazette — Editor's note: due to technical issues earlier in the week we are reposting this story from Sunday, January 12 upon request.
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LEWISTON — After Friday night’s travesty, hopefully an aberration for Niagara’s sake, the Purple Eagles had nowhere to go but up.
On a night barely 24 hours after getting horrifically scorched, the Niagara University hockey team redeemed itself in a 5-0 victory over American International College at Dwyer Arena on Saturday evening.
Apparently the embarrassment after Friday’s loss motivated Isaac Kohls and his club immensely - on paper at least. The junior right winger continued his hot streak with two goals to serve as a vanguard for the Niagara attack. Kohls now has four goals in his last three games after getting only three in his first 17 games.
Kohls resurrected his game recently and lately it is paying enormous dividends.
“Getting to the front of the net,” he said about the reason for his resurgence. “When you are carrying the puck on the outside and not getting to the areas, you are not going to score. I think after going home for break and coming back, I realized to score more, I needed to get to the areas where you get an opportunity to score.”
Ryan Rashid, Hugo Turcotte and T.J. Sarcona also scored for Niagara. which is 2-1-2 in its last five games.
With Niagara leading 1-0, Kohls gave the Purple Eagles some breathing room with two goals just over two minutes apart early in the second period. His first came when he snapped a shot past the glove of AIC goaltender Hunter Leisner at 2:07. He then picked up a loose puck just outside of the crease during a frenzied scramble in front of the Yellow Jackets net and lifted the puck over Leisner to put the Purple Eagles in command 3-0.