Niagara Gazette — “It was tic tac toe,” said Lochner. “Ryan (Rashid) brought it into the zone, and he saw the defender coming to him, so he dished it to Hannan on the left wing. I was driving to the net like coach tells us, and I was screaming ‘Hannan!’ He put it right on my tape and I just had to touch it, and it went into the top corner.”
The Falcons’ Brett Hartung got his club on the board midway through the third period to slice Niagara’s lead to 2-1. From there, Niagara held on, thanks in part to Bentley’s Andre Gladiuk denting the post with just 25 seconds left.
NOTES: The teams wrap up the series at 7:05 tonight. … Niagara’s Matt Chartrain and Hugo Turcotte, who missed last weekend’s series against the Rochester Institute of Technology, both returned to the lineup. ... Giancarlo Iuorio, Isaac Kohls and Matt Williams were scratched again due to injury. ... The Purple Eagles outshot the Falcons 39-21. ... Bentley fell to 9-8-1 in conference play and 11-12-1 overall.