It's not just impressive that Niagara has put together a three-game winning streak to pull its record to even early in the men's hockey season.
It's that they've won all three on the road.
Holding off a pesky Clarkson team, the Purple Eagles earned a 5-3 win Friday night in Cheel Arena.
"This time of year, you look at your best players as your older guys, and we have 18 guys that have been through it all," Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. "They're used to the travel and they're unfazed by the loud buildings, the bands, the fans. . . . We've conditioned ourselves that it's a 60-minute ballgame with highs and lows, and we just roll with it."
Though Niagara never trailed, it had to roll with a Clarkson team that kept cutting into their lead. Ryan Gale scored twice for Niagara, while goals by Sean Bentivoglio and Kris Wiebe gave the Purple Eagles a 4-2 lead after two periods.
Niagara outshot the Golden Knights, 19-9, through the first 40 minutes, but Clarkson dominated the third, holding a 14-5 shot advantage and scoring a power-play goal. An empty-netter by Aaron Clarke sealed the win for Niagara (3-3).
"We played two great periods and did all the little things right," Burkholder said.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Massachusetts netted two goals in a three-minute span en route to a 3-0 win over St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies (8-9-2, 1-7-2 Atlantic 10) outshot the Minutewomen, 12-10, with junior forward Heather MacDougall registering five shots on goal. . . . Katy Ownings recorded 10 saves for Niagara (9-6-1, 4-3-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) in a 1-0 loss at Loyola. . . . Lindsay Benson scored an unassisted goal for Canisius (2-13, 1-7 MAAC) in a 3-1 loss at Rider.
MEN'S SOCCER: Ryan Miller (Kenmore East) scored his first collegiate goal for Canisius (4-10-1, 3-3-1 MAAC) in a 2-0 win over Rider. . . . Mirnes Biscevic scored on a penalty kick as the University at Buffalo (7-7-2, 1-4-1 Mid-American) and Western Michigan played to a 1-1 double-overtime tie. . . . Mark Spooner scored on a penalty kick for Niagara (3-12-2, 1-5-1 MAAC) in a 2-1 loss to Loyola.. . . . Jon Blanchard record 11 saves for St. Bonaventure (7-8-1, 3-6 A-10) in a 4-0 loss at Massachusetts.
VOLLEYBALL: Lizaiha Garcia had 11 digs for UB (7-17, 0-11 MAC) in a three-game loss at Ball State . . . Nichole Kuslik had 14 kills for Daemen in a three-game loss to California (Pa.).
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Junior Allison Depp (Lockport) went over the 1,000-point mark for her career as Daemen opened the season with an 84-81 win over Wilfrid Laurier. Depp had 27 points.
SWIMMING: Winning 12 of the 13 events gave Buffalo State an easy win on the men's side over Canisius. On the women's side, the Bengals placed first in seven of the 11 events to defeat Canisius. Freshman Nicole Rutkowski (Williamsville North) set Buffalo State records in the 1-meter (242.05) and 3-meter (252.80) dives.