WORCESTER, Mass – The Purple Eagles (3-8-2, 3-2-2-1) erased an early deficit to claim a 3-1 victory over Holy Cross (3-13-1, 2-6-1) in the Atlantic Hockey action Friday night. Joseph Mysak, Zac Hermannand Ryan Naumovski found the back of the net, and Chad Veltri stopped 23 of 24 shots in the win.
• Niagara controlled possession in the first period, outscoring the Crusaders 12-3 on shot.
• Holy Cross scored a power play goal with two minutes remaining in the first half to take a 1-0 lead.
• Niagara killed two Crusader penalties in the first period before allowing the power play goal late in the game.
• The Purple Eagles went 0-1 on their power play chances in the first half.
• Niagara would tie on a goal by Mysak. The goal came from the top of the circle, with the Purple Eagles having a 5-3 advantage.
• After Holy Cross was called off for late game, the Purple Eagles again had a 5v3 chance. They would find the back of the net; this time Herrmann would score from the circle, slicing a wrist past the Holy Cross keeper.
• The Purple Eagles took 10 shots on goal in the second period despite playing most of the period with a power play.
• At the end of the period, Niagara had 2 for 6 on power play chances. The Purple Eagles also managed 22 shots on goal after 40 minutes of action.
• Niagara started the third on the power play and created solid chances at the net to try to extend their lead.
• After three minutes of play in the third, the Purple Eagles had two power play chances but were unsuccessful with the power play.
• It wasn’t until the last minute of the game, with the Holy Cross goal vacant, that Niagara got its insurance score.
• Naumovski got past the defense and tossed the puck into the liberated net for the third goal of the game for the Purple Eagles.
• Mysak scored a goal in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
• Veltri has made over 20 saves in seven games this season.
• Niagara’s two power play goals tonight were a season high for the Purple Eagles.
• For the fifth time this season, Niagara scored at least three goals, improving to 3-0-2 in those games.
The Purple Eagles will seek the Holy Cross Series sweep on Saturday. The puck drop between the Purple Eagles and the Crusaders is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.