Niagara figured out a way to beat RIT on Friday night – don’t allow any goals.
Freshman Adrian Ignagni had 29 saves for the Purple Eagles, and the offense did more than enough to take a 3-0 victory in Dwyer Arena. It’s Ignagni’s first shutout.
Isaac Kohls, the team’s leading scorer, TJ Sarcona, and Ryan Rashid had the goals. Defenseman Vincent Muto had two assists.
It was a good win for Niagara.
The Purple Eagles were coming off a pair of losses to Holy Cross last weekend, and didn’t need to start this set of games with another loss.
The team improved to 6-14-3 overall, with a record of 6-7-3 in Atlantic Hockey. RIT dropped to 8-12-3, 7-8-1 Atlantic.
The Tigers have never won in Dwyer Arena, going 0-9-4 over the years there. RIT saw a two-game win streak end. The Tigers beat Army twice last weekend.
Kohls provided all of the offense Niagara needed with a goal at 14:10 of the first period. It was his eighth of the season.
Early in the second period, Sarcona added a short-handed score early in the second period that was a backbreaker. Rashid’s goal later in the middle period came on the power play and wrapped up the contest.
Niagara took 37 shots in the game. Helping that statistic was the fact that the Purple Eagles had eight power plays on the night, scoring the one time by Rashid.
The same two teams complete the home-and-home series in Rochester tonight.
Meanwhile, Canisius finishes its home-and-home series with Mercyhurst with a game at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pa., tonight. The Golden Griffins know they’ll have to play 60 minutes of hockey to win this one, and not just 57.
The two teams met in Buffalo on Thursday night, and neither team could score for 56 minutes. Kyle Gibbons – the team’s leading scorer – finally scored at that point for the Golden Griffins, and they were less than three minutes from earning a nice victory over the first-place team in Atlantic Hockey.
But the Lakers put on a memorable comeback, scoring three goals in those three minutes to pull out the win. Daniel Bahntge had the game-winning goal for Mercyhurst with about a minute left. Canisius fell to 8-13-2 on the season, 7-7-2 in its conference.
The loss meant Canisius has gone winless in its last four games (0-3-1). The Griffins’ last win came on Jan. 11 against Sacred Heart.