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Purple Eagles’ losing streak stretches to eight

WORCESTER, Mass. – Even though Niagara got the early jump on College of the Holy Cross, it wasn’t enough for the Purple Eagles to taste victory on Saturday night.

The Crusaders scored the final five goals to record a 5-1 win before 989 at Hart Center. With the win, Holy Cross (10-12-5, 9-7-5) swept the Atlantic Hockey Association weekend series with the Purple Eagles (3-21-2, 3-15-2), whose losing streak reached eight games while its winless streak is at 14 and counting.

Niagara scored first on a goal by Dan Kolenda, who scored off a feed from Chris Lochner. Stanislav Dzakhov also assisted on the tally at 1:59 of the game.

The Crusaders tied it with five minutes left in the period on a goal by Matt Vidal.

Nick Finn’s goal at 10:31 of the second period proved to be the game-winner for Holy Cross. Jake Bolton made it 3-1 with 2 seconds left in the period.

Joe McNamara and Mike Barrett scored third-period goals for the winners. Williamsville’s Paul Berrafato finished with 23 saves for the Crusaders.

Adrian Ignagni made 42 saves in the loss for Niagara. It was his first start since Oct. 25.

The Purple Eagles killed off the only two power plays they yielded to Holy Cross.

Niagara returns to Dwyer Arena for the front-half of a home and home series with Rochester Institute of Technology on Friday. The series concludes in Rochester on Saturday.