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Niagara hockey soars past Air Force

LEWISTON —The Niagara University hockey team erupted for four goals in the third period against visiting Air Force and went on to a 4-1 romp on Friday night at Dwyer Arena.

The Purple Eagles wrap up the Atlantic Hockey Association regular season against the Falcons this weekend. The teams meet again tonight at 7.

After Air Force opened the scoring in the second period with a goal by A.J. Reid off an assist by Jason Fabian, Niagara got on the board.

The Purple Eagles’ Hugo Turcotte took a pass from Tyler Akeson for a power-play goal to tie the game at 1. Minutes later, Kevin Ryan scored what proved to be the winner off an assist by Chris Lochner and Patric Divjak. Matt Chartrain, scored an unassisted goal for a 3-1 lead before Divjak scored on an empty netter.

Niagara (11-17-5, 11-10-5) entered this weekend tied with Canisius College with 25 points each in the AHA standings, but the Purple Eagles have the tiebreaker against the Golden Griffins for possession of sixth place.

Elsewhere, the University at Buffalo’s Brittney Kuras captured the 200-yard freestyle championship in a pool record time, Spencer Rodriguez won the 400-yard IM title and the Bulls’ 800-yard freestyle relay team won in record time in the Mid-American Conference women’s swimming & diving championships on Friday in Geneva, Ohio.

Kuras won in a time of 1:47.24 while teammate Jessica Powers took home second place (1:48.24). Rodriguez finished in 4:17.21.

Friday’s competition concluded with UB claiming the 800-yard free relay title with the team of Rodriguez, Powers, Kuras and Brittney Walters finishing in a pool record time of 7:17.35. Bowling Green followed UB in second, while Akron came in third.

Akron is in the overall lead followed by Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green, UB, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Ohio and Toledo.

The finals will be held at 7 p.m.