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Niagara Tops Holy Cross Friday Night, 3-1

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.

Game recap

First period

• 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.

Second period

• 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.

Third period

• 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.

Niagara Notes

• 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.

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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.