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Hockey plays a pair of games at Holy Cross

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The Purple Eagles (2-8-2, 2-2-2-1 AHA) return to conference play with two games at Holy Cross (3-12-1, 2-5-1 AHA) on December 3-4.

Last time
• The Purple Eagles played a two-game series against No. 4 Michigan on November 26-27. NU fell to the Wolverines, 6-1, in Game 1 and 4-1 in Game 2.
Christian Gorscak scored for the Purple Eagles in the series opener. He was assisted by Lars Rodne and Chris Harpur.
Jake sibell had a career-high 39 saves.
Josef mysak scored in the series finale. Chris Harpur and Ryan cox won the assists.
Chad Veltri made 35 saves against the Wolverines.

Nest Notes
• The Purple Eagles performed in front of fans at Dwyer Arena for the first time in 612 days when they hosted the Air Force Falcons on November 5-6.
• Graduated student Jack Zielinski prepared for his 100th career game against the No.8 North Dakota on October 9.
• The Purple Eagles are 7-12-3 overall in 2020-21 and 3-9-3-1 in Atlantic hockey.
• The team advanced to the semi-finals of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament after a 3-2 victory over Mercyhurst in the first round and 3-2 (2OT) and 2-1 over Robert Morris in a series three-game quarter-finals. The Purple Eagles fell to AIC in the semifinals, 2-1.
Josef mysak was named to the AHA West Pod All-Rookie team and 24 Purple Eagles were named to the AHA All-Academic team.
• Niagara sacks 18 players from last year’s squad, including forwards Sommer Walker and Ryan naumovski and goalkeeper Chad Veltri. Sommer led the team in scoring with eight goals and had a high 15 points and Naumovski had the team’s top 10 assists. Veltri was 5-7-2 and made 385 saves this season and had a .919 save percentage.
• The Purple Eagles welcome 12 newcomers to the squad, transfers included Alexandre roy (University of Nebraska – Omaha), Albin nilsson (College of Providence), Olivier Gauthier (Alaska-Anchorage), Mike Faulkner (Hobart) and Jack DeBoer (Boston University).
Chris Harpur was chosen as Niagara’s captain for the second consecutive season, while Jack Zielinski, Jon hill and Sommer Walker were appointed alternates.
• First year goalie Jake sibell was named AHA Preseason Rookie of the Year, becoming NU’s first Preseason Rookie of the Year since 2013. Sibell joins NU from the NAHL Aberdeen Wings. During the 2020-21 season, Sibell made 1,105 saves and recorded a save percentage of 95.2%. He recorded 11 shutouts and was 43-2-1, with a 1.19 goals-against average. Sibell was in 11 playoff games and was 8-2-1 with a 1.93 goals-against average and 92.9% save percentage.
• Sibell was named the NAHL Goalkeeper of the Year and NAHL MVP. He had the highest save percentage and highest goals against average in the NAHL and set NAHL records in a single season in both categories. Sibell also won the United States Junior Goalkeeper of the Year (Doug Peterson Award) and was a member of the NAHL Central Division team and the NAHL First Team All-Star. .

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