Niagara has been playing a lot of hockey on the road lately. The Purple Eagles, just off two losses in Colorado, still haven’t won away from Dwyer Arena.
Niagara dropped a 4-1 decision at Ohio State on Friday night. It was an odd game between the teams that have only played a pair of games against each other over the years. Almost all of the scoring came in the final 10 minutes of play.
Tanner Fritz put Ohio State ahead in the second period, and the Buckeyes held that 1-0 lead with less than eight minutes to go. Ryan Dzingel doubled the lead with 7:44 left, but Ryan Rashid got the Purple Eagles back to within a goal with 1:43 to go.
However, Max McCormick tallied twice during the final 90 seconds to wrap up the win for Ohio State, which climbed over the .500 mark for the first time this season at 5-4. Fritz finished with a goal and three assists.
Niagara dropped to 1-5-1; the same two teams play tonight in the Purple Eagles’ fifth straight game away from home.
Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, Pa., Robert Morris handed Canisius a 6-1 defeat in Atlantic Hockey. It was the Colonials’ first win of the season after three losses.
Doug Jessey had a goal for the Golden Griffins in the first period, which tied the game at 1-all. But Robert Morris had a 3-1 lead by the end of the first period, and had control of the game the rest of the way.
Canisius fell to 1-5 on the young season. The Griffins finally play their first game at home at 7:05 p.m. tonight, taking on Mercyhurst at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.