Sophomore defenseman Matt Chiarantano scored his first goal with Niagara and Jackson Teichroeb made 27 saves as the Purple Eagles picked up a 4-1 victory against Sacred Heart on Saturday evening in Milford, Conn., to split the weekend Atlantic Hockey series.
Isaac Kohls and Hugo Turcotte each finished with a goal and an assist, while Ryan Rashid and Vincent Muto also earned a pair of points with two assists each.
TJ Sarcona wrapped up the scoring for Niagara, which pushed its record to 8-15-3 overall, and 8-8-3 in conference play.
Niagara outshot Sacred Heart, 35-28, including limiting the Pioneers to seven shots in six power-play opportunities that consisted of a five-minute major in the third period.
“We faced some adversity with the five-minute kill to start the third period,” Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. “The game had playoff atmosphere to it so it was nice to come through in the final period and earn the victory.”
Elsewhere, AIC ended a 15-game winless streak against Canisius, earning a 5-3 victory against the Griffs in West Springfield, Mass. The loss dropped Canisius to 10-14-2 on the season and 9-8-2 against Atlantic Hockey foes, while the Yellow Jackets improved to 7-18-1 and 6-12-1 in league play.
Kyle Gibbons, Doug Jessey and Braeden Rigney scored for the Griffs in the loss.