In the first of back-to-back games between Notre Dame and Niagara, Sam Herr scored twice as the Fighting Irish jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one period and never looked back in a 6-3 decision over the Purple Eagles at the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind., Friday.
The loss dropped Niagara to 0-5-0 on the season, while Notre Dame improved to 3-2.
Scoring goals for Niagara were Nick Cecere, Chris Lochler and Dan Kolenda.
“It was just a bizarre first period,” Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. “I was really happy with our energy and the way we came out. I thought we got our bumps in, we got our hits in, we got a lot of quality chances, and we go to the break down 4-0.
“The good news is we regrouped, and I’m really proud of how hard we battled in the last 40 minutes.”
The two teams meet again tonight at 7 p.m. in a nationally televised game on the NBC Sports Network. The game can also be heard on 1340 AM.
Meanwhile, in West Springfield, Mass., Canisius got goals from Cody Freeman, Matthew Grazen and Shane Conacher in a 3-1 decision over AIC.
The Golden Griffins (3-2-0, 2-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) scored all of their goals in the final 10 minutes of the third period. Conacher’s was first with 9:34 left in regulation, followed by a rebound put home by Freeman a minute-and-a-half later.
After Nathan Sliwinski scored for AIC (0-3-1, 0-2-1) with 5:04 left, Grazen scored on a wide open shot with three minutes left.
“It was a well-played hockey game both ways,” said Canisius coach Dave Smith. “We were able to get a timely power-play goal, some big saves and a huge 5-on-3 penalty kill with the game on the line.”
The teams play again at 7:05 p.m. tonight.