Men's Ice Hockey Takes Winning Streak to Four With 4-2 Victory Over Niagara

Men's Ice Hockey Takes Winning Streak to Four With 4-2 Victory Over Niagara

NIAGARA, N.Y.- The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team (11-13-3, 10-9-2 AHA) picked up its tenth Atlantic Hockey Association win tonight with a 4-2 victory over Niagara. The win also continues the team's three game winning streak. The Pioneers will aim for the two game sweep tomorrow SHU faces the Purple Eagles for a 4:00 p.m. puck-drop.


First Period

  • Neither team would be able to score in the opening period as the Pioneers would outshoot the Purple Eagles 16-13.
  • Both sides would be able to fire off seven shots on goal in the period
  • While Niagara would attempt seven shots on goal freshman goalie and Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week Josh Benson would tally seven saves in the period to keep the score 0-0 heading into the second period.


Second Period 

  • A total of three goals would be scored in the second period as SHU would tally two and Niagara would tally one.
  • The first goal of the period would come by Niagara's Ludwig Stenlund at 0:55 in the period to give the Purple Eagles a 1-0 lead.
  • Nine minutes later at 9:22 freshman Ryan Steele would cash in his eighth goal of the season on an unassisted goal to tie the game up at 1-1.
  • Then just one minute later senior Zach DeConcilys would tally his second goal of the senior off a pair of assists by freshman Todd Goehring and sophomore Marcel Godbout at 10:31 to put the Pioneers ahead 2-1.
  • Niagara would outshoot the Pioneers 17-16 in the period while the Pioneers took 10 shots on goal compared to just eight for Niagara.


Third Period

  • Three goals would be scored in the final period of regulation as the Pioneers would tally two while Niagara would only be able to notch one in the period.
  • The first goal of the period would come just one minute into the set as junior Austin Mcllmurray would net his seventh goal of the season while the Pioneers were on the power-play to put SHU ahead 3-1.
  • It would take ten minutes before the next goal would be scored as Niagara's Eric Cooley netted a goal to tighten the Pioneers lead to 3-2 at 10:35.
  • But the lone goal in the period would not be enough for Niagara as sophomore Jordan Kaplan would seal the game with an empty net goal at 19:37 in the period to put the Pioneers ahead 4-2 and to make the final score in favor of the Pioneers.