Jan. 13, 2012
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - Niagara scored twice in the first and third periods and beat Army, 5-1, Friday night in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest at Dwyer Arena.
The Purple Eagles halted a four-game winless streak and improved to 6-8-7 overall and 5-4-5 in league games.
Marcel Alvarez scored Army's goal with assists from Danny Colvin and Mike Hull but the Black Knights fell to 2-12-6 overall and 1-10-4 in conference games.
Army goalie Ryan Leets made 30 saves while Niagara's Chris Noonan turned away 38 shots.
Each team had a power play opportunity in the first period but the Purple Eagles broke through with the first goal at even strength. Sam Alfieri converted a nice pass from Isaac Kohls at the 5:06 mark of the firs stanza to give Niagara a 1-0 lead.
Niagara, coming off an 11-game roadtrip and playing its first home game of 2012, extended its lead to 2-0 with one minute left in the first period as C.J. Chartain blasted in his third goal of the season.
Army, making its first trip to Niagara since 2001, killed Niagara's power play opportunity to open the second period but Patrick Borer pushed the Purple Eagles' advantage to 3-0 with his first collegiate goal three minutes into the stanza.
The Black Knights got on the board with a power play score midway through the second period. With a Niagara player off or tripping, Marcel Alvarez fired in a shot from outside the faceoff circle, converting a pass from Colvin and Hull. It marked the second goal of the season for Alvarez, the eighth assist for Colvin and the seventh assist for Hull.
Niagara added to its lead with a power play tally early in the final period. An Army player was whistled for high sticking late in the second period and Chris Lochner put Niagara on top 4-1 with his second goal of the season.
Army had a power play opportunity of its own minutes later and a few scoring chances but failed to score.
Marc Zanette tipped in a shot from Borer midway through the final period as Niagara upped its lead to 5-1.
Army had two power play chances in the final three minutes but could not cut the deficit.
Army and Niagara will conclude the season series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Dwyer Arena.
GAME NOTES: Army's starting lineup consisted of Bryant Skarda, Brian Schultz and Mark Dube with Marcel and Maurice Alvarez on defense and Ryan Leets in goal ... It marked Leets' 28th career start.... Major Corey James of the Chemistry Department served as the Officer Representative ... Time Warner Cable broadcasted the game live to most of New York with two television timeouts per period ... Director of Hockey Operations Tom Doran had a busy second period, rushing off the ice to repair both of the facemask clips on Jack Barnes' helmet. Barnes didn't miss a shift ... The winning team in all seven of the Army-Niagara meetings has scored at least seven goals.
NIAGARA 5, ARMY 1
NIAGARA - Alfieri (Kohls, Arnold), 14:54
NIAGARA - Chartrain (Murphy), 19:00
NIAGARA - Borer (MacLean, Benedict), 2:53
ARMY - Marcel Alvarez (Colvin, Hull), PP, 10:04
NIAGARA - Lochner (Zanette, Iuorio), PP, 00:56
NIAGARA - Zanette (Borer, Iuorio), 10:41
Shots: Army 39 (8-14-17); Niagara 35 (14-8-13)
Saves: Army 30 (Leets, 60:00, 12-7-11); Niagara 38 (Noonan, 60:00, 8-13-17)
Power Plays: Army, 1-6; Niagara, 1-4
Penalties: Army, 5-10; Niagara, 7-14