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Taking 43 shots is usually a formula for winning a college hockey game, but it didn’t work for Niagara on Friday night.

The Purple Eagles dropped a 4-2 decision to Holy Cross at Dwyer Arena. Matt Ginn of the Crusaders turned out to be the difference, as he made 41 saves. Holy Cross had 27 shots on goal for the night.

“The guy stole two points for Holy Cross. We threw 20 shots on him in the third period with nothing to show for it,” Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said.

Chris Lochner and TJ Sarcona scored for the Purple Eagles, who fell to 5-13-3 for the season (5-6-3 in Atlantic Hockey).

The same two teams play tonight at 7.

Elsewhere, Canisius has been extremely streaky so far this season. The Golden Griffins hope they aren’t about to go on another losing skid.

Canisius hosts Bentley in games today and Sunday at Buffalo State Sports Arena, with both games starting at 12:05 p.m.

The Griffins are coming off a loss last weekend to Sacred Heart that ended a three-game winning streak. It was the first loss by Canisius in 2014, and lowered its record to 8-11-1 (7-5-1 AHA).

In the months of November and December, the Griffins had lost five of six, gone 3-0-1 in four games, and then lost three in a row to end the 2013 portion of the schedule. Bentley is one of the best teams in the AHA so far, going 9-3-2. The Falcons are 11-8-2 overall.

It’s the middle of a five-game homestand for Canisius.