STORRS, Conn. — The Niagara hockey team’s road futility continued here on Saturday as the Purple Eagles dropped a 2-1 decision to Atlantic Hockey Association host Connecticut before 805 at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
The Huskies (6-5-2, 4-2-1) swept the weekend series against Niagara (3-11-1, 3-4-1), which has only a tie to show for its efforts in 10 road games this season.
That’s the Purple Eagles’ worst road start in program history and worst since they went 1-8-1 to start the 2009-10 season (winning their ninth road game of the season before following that up with a loss), the last time they finished a season with a losing record.
The Purple Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first period on Mike Conderman’s fourth goal of the season. UConn tied it at 1:49 of the second period on Shawn Pauly’s goal. Pauly set up Tyler Bouchard’s game-winner on the power play at 7:14 of the third period.
The Huskies outshot Niagara, 32-22. Jackson Teichroeb made 30 saves in the defeat for the Purple Eagles, who return to action next Saturday against conference foe Rochester Institute of Technology in an outdoor game that will be played at Frontier Field in Rochester at 7 p.m. as part of the Frozen Frontier hockey-weekend extravaganza.
WEST POINT — One night after embarassing Atlantic Hockey host Army on its home ice, the Black Knights got their revenge at Cadet Ice Arena, beating the Golden Griffins, 2-0. The loss snaps Canisius’ four-game unbeaten streak. The Griffs, who are idle until Dec. 28, are now 5-8-1, 4-4-1 in league play.
Shane Hearn scored both goals for Army (3-11-0, 3-8-0), the last into an empty net with 58 seconds left – 32 seconds after the hosts killed off a Griff power play. Keegan Asmundson made 29 saves for Canisius, which was outshot, 31-15. Rob Tadazak earned the shutout.