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Niagara ends winless streak

Niagara’s hockey team found a good way to end an 11-game winless streak: not allow any goals.

The Purple Eagles blanked host American International on Friday night, and had just enough offense to earn its first win in 2016. Niagara took a 2-0 decision for its first win since Dec. 11.

Jackson Teichroeb earned the shutout for the Purple Eagles. He stopped all 25 shots by the Yellow Jackets in getting his second shutout of the season and the fifth in his career. Teichroeb also went past 2,000 career saves, the fourth Niagara goaltender to reach that number. The others are Jeff Van Nynatten (2,956), Juliano Pagliero (2,699) and Greg Gardner (2,639).

“This was a very big road win tonight for our team,” Purple Eagles head coach Dave Burkholder said. “Our defensive core was really solid on the opposing rushes and transitioned our offense well all night.”

For quite a while, it looked as if Teichroeb wasn’t going to receive any offensive support. Finally, Niko Kovachis scored with 12:26 gone in the third period. That proved to be enough, although Nick Farmer’s insurance goal about three minutes later was more than welcome.

Niagara improved to 4-20-3 overall, 4-15-2 in Atlantic Hockey. It was the Eagles’ second win of the season over AIC.

“All our guys punched the clock at the start of the game and went to work for the full 60 minutes,” Burkholder said. “Now we have a chance to do the same and earn four points for the weekend.”

The two teams go right back to work Saturday afternoon (3:05 p.m., Radio 1340 AM).