Hugo Turcotte scored twice and assisted on a third goal as Niagara forced a third and decisive game in its Atlantic Hockey quarterfinal series at Air Force by defeating the Falcons, 4-2, Saturday night in Colorado Springs.
The third game of the best-of-three series will be tonight (9 p.m., Radio 1340).
The Purple Eagles (14-19-5) lost the opener, 2-1, on Friday night. This time they jumped to a 2-0 lead, on a first period goal by Turcotte and a second-period tally by Vince Muto.
The Falcons (21-13-4) evened it on tallies by Chad Demers at 4:14 and Ben Carey at 12:25. Turcotte scored his second of the game with 5:17 left in the second period to put Niagara in front again. Patrick Conte made it 4-2 with a goal at 1:44 of the third period.
Niagara freshman goalie Jackson Teichroeb made 24 saves, eight in the third period when the Purple Eagles had to kill off three power plays. Teichroeb was assessed a double minor for roughing and Max Hartner a single roughing minor at 9:02 of the third. Before the Air Force power play began, Ryan Timar of the Falcons scored to make it 4-3 at 11:02.
Mike Conderman had a pair of assists for NU. Air Force was 0 for 3 on the power play. Niagara was 0 for 2, with both coming in the third period.
The Purple Eagles, who outshot the Falcons, 33-26, were able to hold off Air Force with the help of a cross-checking minor against Alex Halloran with 1:13 left in regulation.
MEN’S LACROSSE: Canisius (3-3) opened its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse schedule Saturday with a 5-4 victory over Monmouth (0-6, 0-1 MAAC) at the Demske Sports Complex.
Tim Edwards led the Golden Griffins with two goals, scooped up 10 ground balls and was 9 for 12 on faceoffs.
Trailing, 2-1, after the first quarter, Canisius scored twice within 29 seconds early in the second to go ahead for good. Freshman Nick Binnert scored his first college goal to tie the game. Edwards’ second of the game was the go-ahead tally. Brandon Bull and Billy Jacobbi (Williamsville South) also scored for Canisius while goalkeeper Alex Govenettio made nine saves.
INDOOR TRACK: Rich Pete of Buffalo State finished fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 47-4.25 in the NCAA Division III Championships in Lincoln, Neb., earning All-America honors while helping the Bengals to 20th place in the final team standings with nine points. Teammate Ray Richardson was 15th with a jump of 44-6.25. Buffalo State women finished 40th among 57 schools as the 4x400 meter relay of Niasha Houpe, Jazlyn Porter, Sasa Vann and Tara Murphy placed fifth to earn All-America honors.