NIAGARA, N.Y.- The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team (12-13-2, 11-9-2 AHA) defeated Niagara to complete the weekend sweep of the Purple Hawks by a final score of 6-3 tonight. The Pioneers will return to action when they host RIT beginning Friday, Feb. 15 when the Pioneers host RIT. Puck-drop is set for 11:05 a.m.
- Three out of the nine goals in the game would be scored in the first period as Niagara would get on the board first with a power-play goal scored by Ludwig Stenlund at 8:02 to put Niagara ahead 1-0.
- A second power-play goal by the Purple Eagles would come at 10:48 in the period courtesy of Luke Edgerton to put Niagara ahead 2-0.
- But the Pioneers would not let the period end without coming away with a goal as freshman Nick Boyagian would fire in a power-play goal at 15:47 off a pair of assists by junior Austin Mcllmurray and senior Mike Lee to tighten the Niagara lead at the end of one to make the score 2-1.
- Three more goals would come in the second period as Niagara would tally the first of the period off an unassisted goal by Justin Kendall to take a 3-1 lead at 0:45 in the period.
- Then junior Austin Mcllmurray would punch in a pair of goals the first coming at 4:03 in the period off a pair of assists by sophomore Alex Bates and freshman Colin Bernard while the second came seven minutes later at 12:39 off assists by Bernard and senior Stephen Hladin to tie the game up at 3-3.
- The Pioneers outshot the Purple Eagles in the second period 10 shots to just five which gave SHU the edge in finding open shots to score.
- It would be all Pioneers in the third period as SHU would tally three goals in the period while holding Niagara to none.
- The first Pioneer goal would come at 10:09 in the period off a shorthanded goal by redshirt junior Jason Cotton off an assist by senior Mike Lee to put SHU ahead 4-3.
- Then just two minutes later freshman Austin Magera would tally an unassisted goal at 12:12 to put SHU ahead 5-3.
- The nail in the coffin to Niagara came at 16:47 as Boyagian again would find the back of the net on the power-play off a pair of assists this time coming from senior Liam Clare and junior Austin Mcllmurray to put the game away a 6-3 in favor of SHU.