Atlantic Hockey Weekly Release for Games through Jan. 13

Atlantic Hockey Weekly Release for Games through Jan. 13










January 14, 2013 Weekly Release (PDF)

Atlantic Hockey Weekly Award Winners for Games Through January 13

Travel Team USA Player of the Week


Kyle De Laurell - Air Force

Senior; Forward; Mission Viejo, Calif.

Scored four goals in two game against Army to lead Air Force three points in the series. Second career hat trick (natural hat trick) led Air Force to a 4-1 win over Army on Friday. His first goal of the game was the eventual game-winner in the second period. He had a game-high seven shots on Friday. On Saturday, he scored the game-tying goal in the third period to force the 3-3 overtime tie. The senior left winger leads the team with 19 points and is second with eight goals He has scored at least one point in four straight games. He is tied for the team lead with two game-winners this season.

Travel Team USA Co-Goaltender of the Week


Carsen Chubak - Niagara

Junior; Goaltender; Prince Albert, SASK

Chubak helped the No. 17 Niagara hockey team remain unbeaten in Atlantic Hockey play with a weekend sweep over the AIC Yellow Jackets.  The junior pushed aside 49 Yellow Jackets shots in 120 minutes of action to extend the Purple Eagles’ current unbeaten streak to three games. In the opening contest, Chubak made 24 saves in the 3-2 victory, including preventing AIC from tying the game with a late-game 5-on-3 opportunity.  The following day, Chubak was solid in net, stopping 25 of the 26 shots AIC fired on goal.  The netminder wrapped up the weekend with a .942 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average.  The Prince Albert, Sask. native is now 13-1-4 on the season, making 569 saves.  The five-time AHA Goalie of the Week and two-time AHA Goalie of the Month holds the top spot in the nation in save percentage (.953), and is second in the nation in goals-against average (1.46).  His winning percentage of .789 places him third nationally.  Chubak has garnered five shutouts this season alone which is also tops in the nation. 

Travel Team USA Co-Goaltender of the Week


Josh Watson - RIT

Junior; Goaltender; Lititz, Pa.

Watson stopped 57-of-60 shots and recorded his second collegiate shutout in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Bentley, who entered the weekend as the highest scoring team in Division I. Watson, who made 26 saves in Friday’s 3-0 defeat against the Falcons, was brilliant on Saturday, turning aside all 31 shots he faced in the win. His best save came midway through the second period, when he robbed Bentley’s leading scorer, Brett Gensler, with a glove save from the right circle on a 2-on-1 break. Watson is now 5-6-3 with a 2.82 goals against average and .914 save percentage this season.

Travel Team USA Rookie of the Week


Chris Rumble - Canisius

Freshman; Defenseman; Chesapeake, Va.

Rumble had a weekend to remember, posting three points, one goal and two assists to help the Griffs to a weekend sweep against Sacred Heart. Appearing in just his second and third collegiate games after a road to recovery from leukemia, Rumble netted his first career goal to go along with an assist in Friday’s 5-1 win before posting an assist in a 6-3 victory on Saturday.

Atlantic Hockey Honor Roll

Jason Torf - Air Force (Junior; Goaltender; Hermosa Beach, Calf.) - Helped lead Air Force to three points against Army last weekend. Had a 1.92 GAA and a .930 saves percentage. Made 26 saves on Friday, including 10 in the third period, to preserve the 4-1 win. On Saturday, he made 27 saves.

Branden Komm - Bentley (Junior; Goaltender; Williamsville, N.Y.) - Komm shutout RIT 3-0 in Bentley’s victory over the Tigers Friday night. He made 41 saves, with 18 in the first period, allowing Bentley to take a 1-0 lead. Bentley led 3-0 after two periods, and Komm kept the shutout intact in the third period with 14 more stops. It was Komm’s first shutout of the season and fourth of his career. His save percentage for both games was a lofty .942 and his goals against average was 2.00.

Preston Shupe - Canisius (Senior; Foward; Weyburn, SASK) - The senior captain led the Griffs to a weekend sweep against Sacred Heart, recording four points, three goals and one assist. After posting an assist in a 5-1 win on Friday, Shupe came back with the program’s 13th Division I hat trick in a 6-3 win on Saturday. The senior netted two power-play goals and added a short-handed tally in the win. Shupe now leads the Griffs with 15 points this season and is tied for the team lead with nine goals.

Jordan Sims - Connecticut (Junior; Forward; Fort Wayne, Ind.) - Sims led UConn to a split at Robert Morris with five points on two goals and three assists in two games.  Sims tallied two assists in UConn’s 3-2 victory on Friday night.  On Saturday, Sims tied his career-highs with two goals and three points in a 4-3 defeat.  Sims scored a short-handed goal, UConn’s first of the season, late in the second period to even the score at 3-3 on Saturday night.

Matt Ginn - Holy Cross (Sophomore; Goaltender; Lindsay, ONT) - Ginn went 1-1-0 versus Mercyhurst with a .929 save percentage and a 2.01 goals against average as he posted 52 saves and allowed four goals. He made 32 saves and allowed one goal in the 2-1 win on Jan. 11, while he posted 20 saves and allowed three goals as the Crusaders fell to Lakers, 4-2, on Jan. 12. Ginn is now 10-6-2 on the season. His 27 career wins are second all-time in the school’s Division I era, while his 1,160 career saves are fifth.

Paul Chiasson - Mercyhurst (Senior; Forward; Toronto, ONT) - Chiasson recorded a pair of goals in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Holy Cross, helping Mercyhurst earn a weekend split with the Crusaders. It was his first multi-goal game since January 14, 2012, when he scored a pair of goals in a 7-2 win at American International. The two goals were also his first two scores of the season against a conference opponent - his previous four goals came against non-conference opponents. Chiasson now has six goals and six assists this season and has 94 points for his career - six points away from becoming the 15th player in the Division I era at Mercyhurst to reach the century mark.

Ryan Misiak - Mercyhurst (Sophomore; Forward; Shelbe Township, Mich.) - Misiak was held scoreless in Friday’s 2-1 loss against Holy Cross, but bounced back Saturday with the game-winning goal and an assist in the Lakers’ 4-2 win over the Crusaders to earn the weekend split. It was Misiak’s first game-winning goal of the season after recording three game-winners as a freshman last season. Misiak finished the weekend with a +2 rating. He has led the team from start-to-finish this season, and now has five goals and 12 assists for 17 points this year.

Max Strang - Mercyhurst (Senior; Goaltender; Gilbertsville, Pa.) - Strang stopped 32-of-34 Holy Cross shots on Saturday, helping Mercyhurst defeat Holy Cross 4-2 to earn a weekend split with the Crusaders. Strang has now won four consecutive starts, improving his record to 7-3-0 overall and 6-1-0 against Atlantic Hockey opponents. Strang stopped all 13 shots in the first period, had 11 saves in the second, and eight more in the third. During his four-game winning streak, Strang has posted a 1.98 goals against average and a .945 save percentage (138-of-146).

Dan Kolenda - Niagara (Freshman; Forward; Superior, Wisc.) - Kolenda registered a two-point weekend for the No. 17 Niagara hockey team in its weekend sweep over the American International College Yellow Jackets.  The 6-foot-4, 230 pound forward helped the Purple Eagles to a 3-2 victory on Friday, contributing an assist in the initial tally of the contest, tying the game at one apiece.  Kolenda picked up his fourth tally of the year and second game-winning goal the following day, depositing a rebound into the back of the net en route to the Purp’s 3-1 win.  Kolenda finished the weekend with eight looks on net and a plus-two.  The Superior, Wisc. native leads all Niagara rookies with four goals, five assists and nine points.

Chris Lochner - Niagara (Sophomore; Forward; Alpharetta, Ga.) - Lochner led the offense for the No. 17 Niagara hockey team with a two-point weekend in a pair of AHA contests against the American International College Yellow Jackets.  Lochner helped the Purple Eagles (13-3-4; 12-0-1 AHA) remain unbeaten in conference play with a pair of goals.  In the 3-2 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Friday, Lochner picked up his sixth goal of the season, giving Niagara its first lead of the game two minutes gone in the second frame off a sharp-angled shot that beat the AIC goalie just inside the pipe.  The following day, Lochner contributed the Purp’s initial score off a top-shelf glove-side lazer in the 3-1 win to extend Niagara’s unbeaten streak to three games.  The Alpharetta, Ga. native wrapped up the weekend with three shots on goal and a plus-two mark.   He is currently on a two-game goal and point streak, and has registered seven goals and three helpers for 10 points so far this season.

Adam Brace - Robert Morris (Senior; Forward; Cobden, ONT) - The senior forward produced in both games on the weekend to the tune of two goals and two assists for four points.  In the series-opening game on Friday, Brace opened the scoring for Robert Morris with a goal in the third period.  During Saturday’s contest, Brace would step up in the absence of two key forwards and carry the Colonials with one goal and two assists.  After assisting on a 2-on-0 goal in the opening minute of the second period, Brace would register his third short-handed goal of the season later in the period.  With three short-handed goals, Brace is tied for first in the NCAA.  Brace would record his second assist of the game on what would turn out to be the game-winning goal in the third period.  Brace is now within eight points of recording 100 points in his career as the forward now has 92 points after his four-point weekend.

Chase Golightly - Robert Morris (Freshman; Defenseman; Temecula, Calif.) - The freshman defenseman contributed at both ends of the ice for the Colonials in the weekend split with Connecticut.  Golightly would provide an assist in each of the two games for Robert Morris as the freshman increased his point total to five points.  The defenseman would also maintain a +2 rating over the two games.

Cody Wydo - Robert Morris (Sophomore; Forward; Southgate, Mich.) - The sophomore forward supplied the Robert Morris offense with three points in the two-game series this past weekend.  Wydo would net a short-handed goal in Friday’s loss before tallying two points on Saturday.  Wydo would first net his team-leading ninth goal of the season in the opening minute of the second period before winning a key faceoff shorthanded that led to a short-handed goal for the Colonials.  The forward was also a team-best +4 on the weekend that included an increase in his time on ice after the loss of a forward during the game Saturday.

Atlantic Hockey Team Notes

Air Force:  Air Force took three points from Army with a 4-1 win and a 3-3 overtime tie last weekend at the Cadet Ice Arena. With the three points, Air Force moved into a tie for sixth place in the conference with 13 points. Senior forward Kyle De Laurell led the Falcons with four goals in the series. He netted his second career hat trick on Friday in the 4-1 win. His natural hat trick was the first since his sophomore year. De Laurell scored the game-winning goal on Friday and the game-tying goal on Saturday. His goal on Saturday came early in the third period and tied the game at 3-3. De Laurell leads the team with 19 points and is second with eight goals. Senior Stephen Carew had three assists in the Army series and is tied for second on the team with 17 points. Air Force killed five of Army’s six power plays in the series The Falcons have now killed 25 of the last 28 (89 percent) opponent power plays. Air Force travels to Bridgeport, Conn., for a two-game league series with Sacred Heart, Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 19-20. Air Force leads the overall series with Sacred Heart, 17-6-4. AFA has won four straight in the series. Air Force is 3-1-2 in its last six AHA games.

American International:  The American International College men’s ice hockey squad dropped a weekend series to No. 17 Niagara University. The Yellow Jackets dropped to drop to 4-12-3 overall and 1-9-3 in the conference. In Friday’s contest junior forward Blake Peake had a two point night as he dished out two assists. Senior forward Richard Leitner put AIC on the board first just 3:11 into the first period off a pass from Peake and senior defenseman Chris Markiewicz. The Purple Eagles scored a goal in the first period to tie the contest and went ahead just 1:56 into the second period to make it a 2-1 game. Senior forward Adam Pleskach knotted the contest at 2:40 in the second period off a dish from Peake. The contest remained tied until 11:14 in the third period as Niagara earned a 3-2 victory over the Yellow Jackets. In Saturday’s contest, the Purple Eagles earned a 2-0 lead in the second period to control the contest. Sophomore forward Alexander MacMillan scored AIC’s lone goal of the contest to make it a 2-1 game.  Niagara scored one more goal with just one second left in the game to earn a 3-1 victory to close out the weekend series. Senior goaltender Ben Meisner made a total of 80 saves in the weekend series. The Yellow Jackets will return to action at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night as they host Robert Morris in an Atlantic Hockey weekend series.

Army:  The Black Knights are now 7-10-3 overall and 7-5-3 in league games following a tie and loss at Air Force … The Falcons won the opener 4-1 and the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie on Saturday …. CBS Sports Network carried Saturday’s game live to a national audience, the third time Army has appeared on national television this season … Ben Holden, Dave Starman and Shireen Shaski were on the call … Army is 1-1-1 in those contests …Shane Hearn scored his fourth goal of the season, off of a Mac Lalor assist on Friday … Freshman forward Andrew O’Leary returned to the lineup on Friday after missing three games … O’Leary scored his first collegiate goal on Saturday … Thane Heller scored on the power play for Army in the first period, stopping an 0-25 stretch for the Black Knights … Zak Zaremba also scored for Army for the Black Knights … Josh Richards, R.J. Burns, Maurice Alvarez, Josh Roberts had assists … Army is 1-0-2 in overtime games this season … Saturday marked the fifth tie in the Army vs. Air Force series and the third in Colorado Springs … The Black Knights will return to Tate Rink Jan. 18-19 for a two-game series against RIT.

Bentley:  Bentley traveled up to Rochester over the weekend to take on RIT and came away with a split, one of three Atlantic Hockey series split of six played. The Falcons had a little extra motivation for this series as the Tigers ended their season last March in the AHA quarterfinals, and they took the first game 3-0 behind a brilliant performance from junior goalie Branden Komm, who was playing close to his hometown of Williamsville, N.Y. Komm made 41 saves for the shutout, his first of the season and fourth of his career. He made 18 saves in the first period, nine in the second and 14 in the third. It was his third highest saves total of the year so far. The goals came from sophomore Brett Switzer, who also had an assist, senior Brett Hartung, his third goal in two games, and junior Justin Breton, his second straight game with a goal. Despite being outshot 18-7 in the first period, Bentley led 1-0 on Switzer’s goal, and led 3-0 after two periods on the goals by Hartung and Breton. RIT though turned it around on Bentley in the second game, as goalie Josh Wilson pitched a shutout of his own in a 4-0 Tigers win. The results leave Bentley at 6-6-1 in Atlantic Hockey for 13 points, and in a three-way tie for sixth-place with Air Force and Robert Morris. Junior Brett Gensler, who came into the weekend leading the NCAA in points per game, was held without a point all weekend. It’s the first time all season he’s gone two straight games without a point. The Falcons return home this weekend to take on Canisius. It will be their first home games in six weeks. They last played at the JAR the weekend of Dec. 7 against Air Force. Bentley and Canisius split a two game series in Western New York last season (W 2-0, L 3-1), and also split the last time they played in Watertown during the 2010-11 season (W 3-2, L 3-2 OT).

Canisius:  The Griffs earned their second sweep of the 2012-13 campaign, posting 5-1 and 6-3 victories at Sacred Heart. The Griffs are now 8-9-5 during the season and move into a third-place tie in the Atlantic Hockey standings with a 7-4-2 mark.  The Canisius offense exploded for 11 goals during the weekend thanks to an increased contribution from special teams and the freshman class. The Griffs entered the weekend averaging 1.95 goals per game and posted 5.5 per game in the two victories.  The Griffs’ power play converted 4-of-12 opportunities during the weekend, converting 33.3 percent of their chances. Canisius entered the weekend by scoring on only 11.9 percent of its chances this season. In addition, the Griffs netted a short-handed goal in each game during the sweep. Canisius entered the weekend one of four teams nationally to not have scored or allowed a man-down tally this season. One of the biggest reasons for the Griffs’ improvement this season is due to special teams. Last year, Canisius was minus-33 on special teams but this year, the Griffs are plus-seven (14 scored to seven against). The Griffs also killed all eight Sacred Heart power plays and now ranks third nationally by killing 91.2 percent of its opponents’ chances. In addition, Canisius owns a penalty kill unit that is killing 95.5 percent of power plays in Atlantic Hockey play (allowing only two goals in 44 chances).  The Canisius freshmen class was also big in leading the Griffs to the sweep this weekend. The four rookie skaters entered the weekend appearing in 37 games this season and totaling only three assists. Against Sacred Heart, the freshmen totaled six points, three goals and three assists. On Friday, Stephen Miller netted the first two goals of his career, quickly turning a 1-0 Canisius deficit into a 2-1 lead during the second period.  In addition, freshman defender Chris Rumble had a weekend to remember. The 22-year old who was making just his second and third appearances this season after recovering from leukemia, Rumble netted his first career tally – a power-play score – in Friday’s victory, while also adding an assist. In Saturday’s win, Rumble posted a primary assist with the man-advantage to knot the game at one. In his first three games, the defender now has three points, one goal and two assists.  Overall, senior captain Preston Shupe led the Griffs offense during the weekend, totaling four points. In Saturday’s win, Shupe recorded the 13th hat trick in the program’s Division I history and the first since Cory Conacher netted three goals against Robert Morris on Feb. 3, 2011. Shupe tallied two power-play goals in the win and then added a short-handed tally to seal the 6-3 victory. The senior captain now leads the Griffs with 15 points this season and is tied for the team lead with Kyle Gibbons with nine goals. Gibbons also tallied three goals in the two games, scoring one goal on Friday and two on Saturday.  The strong offensive output also helped the Griffs overcome early deficits in both games as Sacred Heart scored the first goal in both games. Canisius had not won a game this season when trailing at any point and was 0-7-3 when allowing the first goal this season. In fact, the team that scores first in the last seven Canisius games is now 2-4-1. In the previous 60 Canisius regular-season games, the team that scored first was 49-2-9.  The Griffs look to continue their winning ways next weekend with another trip out east to face Bentley. The schools have split each of the last four series with five of the eight games being decided by just one goal.

Connecticut: UConn split a weekend series at Robert Morris, earning the programs first victory over the Colonials since RMU joined the AHA at the start of the 2010-11 campaign…The road series were the first away games for UConn in nine games dating back to a 3-1 loss at Bentley on November 17…  Connecticut’s top line of Jordan Sims flanked by Sean Ambrosie and Brant Harris tallied a combined 11 points on the weekend, including five from Sims… Ambrosie extended his point streak to six games (2-7-9)… Sims (3-4-7) and Harris (2-4-6) are each on a four-game point streak… In the last four games, Ambrosie, Sims and Harris have combined for 20 points on seven goals and 13 assists… UConn split time in net for the second straight weekend... Matt Grogan improved his record to 3-1-1 on the year after stopping 30 shots in Friday’s 3-2 win… Garrett Bartus finished with 39 saves, including 32 in the final two periods, in Saturday’s 4-3 defeat… David Berard was named Interim Head Coach on January 7, 2013… The 1-1 record at Robert Morris were the first wins and losses credited to his career head coaching record… UConn’s power play ranked third in all of Division I in 2011-12 at 25.7 percent… The Huskies have power-play goals in three straight games and have improved the power-play percentage to 11.7 after converting at 8.3 percent in the first 16 games… Over the last seven games, UConn has outscored teams on the power play, 6-2 (6-for-26 to 2-for-30)… Connecticut’s penalty kill has allowed just three power-play goals in 11 games and 39 attempts for 92.3 percent… On the season, UConn ranks No. 11 in the nation at 87.2 on the PK… UConn hosts Mercyhurst this weekend at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs... UConn dropped both games at MC in 2011-12 after sweeping the Lakers in the AHA Quarterfinals in 2010-11.

Holy Cross: The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, when they host Atlantic Hockey opponent Niagara.  The Crusaders’ 11-7-2 record is their best after the first 20 games since the 2005-2006 season when they were 13-6-1. The Crusaders’ 64 goals scored are their most after the first 20 games since they netted 68 in the 2006-2007 season.  Sophomore Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) is already second all-time on the school’s Division I career victories list with 27. His 1,160 career saves are fifth.  Senior Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) leads the team this season with 18 points. Junior Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) leads the team with 10 goals. Senior Evan Zych (Kilbride, Ontario) is ranked first on team with 13 assists.  For the second straight season, every time the Holy Cross men’s hockey team scores a power play goal in the Hart Center, money pledged will benefit PINK Revolution. PINK Revolution is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer. Its mission is to support early detection and prevention strategies, fund clinical research advancements and promote survivorship programs in Central Mass. through its affiliation with the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Breast Center. The Crusaders’ annual Pink the Rink game will be on Feb. 16 versus UConn.  The Crusaders are 5-2-2 at home this season with wins versus UConn, Bentley, RIT, two wins versus Penn State, ties versus RIT and Robert Morris and losses versus Army and Robert Morris. The Crusaders are 5-5-0 on the road so far this season with wins versus AIC, Clarkson, Air Force, Sacred Heart and Mercyhurst, while they also lost to Air Force, Brown, Mercyhurst and two to No. 7 North Dakota. The Crusaders are 1-0-0 in neutral site games with the win versus No. 15 Yale.  The Holy Cross hockey teams have partnered together with Bay State Savings Bank and PINK Revolution in order to fight breast cancer. For every “Like” of Bay State Savings Bank’s Facebook page during the month of January, the bank will donate $1 to PINK Revolution, a breast cancer alliance in central Massachusetts. Please like Bay State Saving’s Facebook page.

Mercyhurst: The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team split with Holy Cross over the weekend, dropping a 2-1 decision on Friday night before bouncing back for a 4-2 victory on Saturday. Mercyhurst is 10-8-1 overall on the season and 8-4-0 in the conference standngs. Mercyhurst is 27-12-5 lifetime against the Crusaders and have won eight of the last 11 meetings between the two schools (8-2-1). Sophomore Chris Bodo scored the Lakers lone goal on Friday night - his team-leading tenth goal of the season. It was also a power play tally for the sophomore from St. Thomas, Ontario, giving him eight power play goals on the season, and sole possession of first place in the country in man advantage goals. He entered the weekend tied with Minnesota State’s Eriah Hayes. Junior Jordan Tibbett suffered the hard luck loss, dropping to 3-5-0 on the season. He stopped 36-of-38 Holy Cross shots as the Crusaders outshot Mercyhurst 38-33 for the contest. Tibbett is 1-2-0 in his last three starts, despite allowing only five goals in 118 shots over those three contests (.958 save percentage). On Saturday, senior Paul Chiasson scored a pair of goals - his first multi-goal game since January 14, 2012, when he scored twice in a 7-2 win at AIC. They were also his first two goals of the season against a conference opponent. Chiasson scored Mercyhurst’s first goal of the game at the 4:33 mark of the opening period and then sealed the victory with an empty net goal at the 19:28 mark of the third period. His two goals give him 46 goals and 94 points for his career, inching him closer to a pair of milestones. With six points, Chiasson would become the 15th player in the Division I era at Mercyhurst to register 100 career points. He would also become the first player to accomplish the feat since Scott Pitt and Steve Cameron each got to 100 during the 2010-11 season. Sophomore Ryan Misiak scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in the victory. Senior Max Strang stopped 32-of-34 shots to win his fourth consecutive start. He is 7-3-0 overall and 6-1-0 in conference play. During his four-game winning streak, Strang has posted a 1.98 goals against average and a .945 save percentage (138-of-146). Mercyhurst moved up to fourth in the country on the power play at 24.0%, (18-of-75). Mercyhurst will travel to Storrs, Connecticut next Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19, to take on the Huskies of Connecticut. Mercyhurst is 31-12-2 lifetime against UConn. Faceoffs are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. both nights.

Niagara:  The No. 15 Niagara men’s hockey team is 13-3-4 on the season, with a 12-0-1 conference mark that places the Purple Eagles in the top spot in Atlantic Hockey… The No. 14 ranking is the highest of the season, and best position earned by the Purps in the poll in program history…NU has been ranked for the prior eight weeks, setting a new program record for most consecutive weeks on the poll, previously own by the 2006-07 campaign where the Purps were ranked for seven-straight weeks (Jan. 2-Feb. 12, 2007)…Purple Eagles completed the weekend sweep over American International over the weekend, dropping the Yellow Jackets 3-2 in the opening game and solidifying the sweep with a 3-1 win the following day…Chris Lochner contributed two goals in the pair of games, while Dan Kolenda (1-1-2), Mike Benedict (0-2-2) and Ryan Rashid (1-1-2) each contributed two points for the weekend... With the victories over AIC, the Purps extend their unbeaten streak to three games…NU continue its longest road trip of the season with a weekend series against Holy Cross (Jan. 18 & 19) …Dating back to Niagara’s Feb. 11 AHA contest against Air Force, the Purps have secured at least one point in its last 21 AHA contests…In 12 conference games this season, Niagara has outscored its opponents by a 46-16 margin, tied for tops in the nation with Quinnipiac for fewest goals allowed in conference play…The Purps  are one of two teams in NCAA Division I hockey, along with Quinnipiac (10-0-1 ECAC), that are currently unbeaten in conference play...The Purple Eagles are ranked fifth in the nation in combined special teams (56.0), and its penalty kill is currently slated in the ninth spot in the nation (88.0)...As of Jan. 14, Carsen Chubak is ranked first in the nation in a pair of categories--save percentage (.953), and shutouts (5), while his goals-against average (1.46) is second in the nation… Kevin Ryan is ranked 12th in the nation in points per game by a defensemen (0.75), and holds the 23rd spot in the nation in assists per game (0.70)…Dan Kolenda is currently on a three-game point streak, earning a goal and two assists in that span…In 11 games, freshman Hugo Turcotte has scored three goals, five assists and eight points…Giancarlo Iuorio leads the team in goals (12) and points (20), and is 11 points away from reaching the 100-point club.  

RIT:  The Tigers (6-10-4, 4-6-3 AHA) returned the home ice for the first time in 33 days, picking up a weekend split against Bentley, losing 3-0 on Friday, while rebounding to shutout the Falcons, 4-0 on Saturday. On Friday, RIT fired 41 shots on goaltender Branden Komm, but were unable to score. The 41 shots are the most in the Division I era for the Tigers in a shutout loss. On Saturday, RIT scored on its first shot of the game and tallied three times in the first period en route to the win. Josh Watson made 31 saves for his second collegiate shutout, while Brad McGowan, Dan Schuler, Bryan Potts, and Mike Colavecchia scored for the Tigers. Matt Garbowsky dished out a pair of assists. RIT leads the all-time series between the two schools, 16-6-2 and is 14-5-2 against the Falcons since 2006. Friday’s shutout loss was RIT’s first of the season. The shutout on Saturday was RIT’s 23rd since the start of the 2009-10 season and 29th since moving to Division I in 2005. The RIT power-play has a goal in 14 of its last 18 games and is 16 for its last 62 (25.8 percent) after starting the season 0-for-14. Overall, the power-play is up to eighth nationally at 22.4 percent. The Tigers have allowed six shorthanded goals this season, tied for the most in Division I. RIT is starting to generate excellent scoring depth, as eight players have at least 10 points. The Tigers are 18th nationally in scoring, averaging 3.05 goals per game. The duo of Chris Saracino and Greg Noyes continue to rack up the points from the blue-line. Saracino is fourth nationally in scoring by a defensemen, averaging 0.80 points per game (16 in 20 games), while Noyes is right behind with 15 points. They are tied for the highest scoring defensive duo in the nation with Union’s Greg Coburn and Shayne Gostisbehere. Brad McGowan, who struggled out of the gate, with just two assists over his first 11 games, has five goals and three assists over his last nine contests. RIT’s defense has allowed 72 goals through its first 20 games (3.60 per game), 55th out of 59 teams in Division I, but since Nov. 18, have allowed 26 goals over the last 10 games (2.60 goals per game). Josh Watson has taken over the starting job in net, starting nine out of the last 10 games. He is 3-3-3 over that stretch with a 2.49 goals against average and .927 goals against average. Watson has a 2.09 goals against average and .932 save percentage in eight AHA contests. RIT has already played in six overtime games this season through 16 contests. The Tigers played in a school-record nine overtime contests last season. RIT skaters are a combined minus-75 this season. Only six RIT skaters are at a plus this season. RIT’s penalty-killing unit is at 84.8 percent on the season. After a rough start to the season, the RIT penalty-killing unit has killed of 57 of its opponents last 62 chances with the man-advantage (91.9 percent). They have been shorthanded 92 teams this season, as opposed to receiving just 76 power-play attempts. RIT did set a Division I single-game record by taking just one penalty for two minutes in the loss to Bentley on Friday. The Tigers are 3-4-1 at Ritter Arena this season and have lost four home games against AHA opponents in a season for the first time since joining the league in 2006. RIT had lost just three games against AHA foes at home from the start of the 2009-10 season until the end of 2011-12. RIT plays its final 14 games against AHA opponents, with six on the road and eight away. They are tied for ninth in the AHA standings with 11 points, but are just six points out of second. The Tigers return to action this weekend with a pair of games on the road at AHA foe Army. Army is second in Atlantic Hockey with 17 points. RIT is 9-2-5 all-time against Army and now have a 10-game unbeaten streak against the Black Knights, dating back to Nov. 15, 2008. Last season, RIT went 1-0-1 against Army at Ritter Arena, skating to a 2-2 draw and earning a 5-3 victory.

Robert Morris:  After a brief two-game homestand  Robert Morris heads back on the road to begin a four-game trip with two contests against American International starting Friday evening.  This past weekend the Colonials split their second consecutive Atlantic Hockey series, this time with Connecticut while on home ice for the first time since the beginning of December.  In Friday’s contest, Robert Morris would suffer a 3-2 loss as two third-period goals were not enough to overcome two power-play goals allowed to Connecticut.  In the game, RMU had its streak of 34 consecutive penalties killed snapped in the second period.  Goals by first-line wingers Adam Brace and Cody Wydo were not enough to avoid the seven power-play opportunities the Colonials gave to Connecticut.  In game two on Saturday night, Robert Morris would rebound for a 4-3 victory to ensure that the Colonials wound not have their first losing streak of the season.  Coming in to the weekeind with a power play that was ranked last in the NCAA, RMU would pick up its first power play goal since the end of December to tie the score in the first period.  Two second-period goals, including a short-handed goal by Adam Brace, would make the score 3-3 after two periods of play.  With his third short-handed goal of the season, Brace is one of three players in the NCAA to have that many short-handed tallies.  Brace’s goal was the second short-handed goal of the weekend for the Colonials as Cody Wydo’s goal on Friday was also shorthanded.  The Colonials would gather the only goal of the third period as David Friedmann tallied his fifth of the season to give Robert Morris the 4-3 victory.  With an overall record of 11-6-2, Robert Morris has gone 6-5-1 against Atlantic Hockey opponents.  The Colonial offense is netting an average of 2.8 goals per game while the defense is allowing 2.3 goals per game.  The 2.3 goals-allowed per game ranks the Colonials 13th in the NCAA.  After producing the top penalty kill unit last season, Robert Morris has allowed 13 goals on 92 power-play opportunities to its opponents, a success rate of 86.6 percent that ranks 13th in NCAA.  Senior Adam Brace leads the team with 18 points.  Cody Wydo paces the Colonials with nine goals and is one of six players to score at least five goals this season.  Six different RMU student-athletes have five or more assists as the group is led by Brace who has tallied ten assists.  Senior goaltender Eric Levine has started 16 of the team’s 19 games while posting a record of 11-6-2 with three shutouts.  His goals-against average stands at 2.15 while his save percentage sits at .945.