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Niagara bounced by Colonials on hockey playoffs

The Niagara men’s hockey team was eliminated from the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs Saturday night with a 6-3 loss to Robert Morris.

The Purple Eagles (7-28-4 overall) were tied, 3-3, heading into the third period against the Colonials, who are ranked No. 20 in the country.

But an unassisted goal from Robert Morris’ Zac Lynch gave his team the lead. Greg Gibson made it 5-3 before an empty-net goal by David Friedmann ended the scoring.

Niagara had tied the game in the second period with a pair of goals from Matt Chiarantano and Keegan Harper.

Hugo Turcotte opened the scoring for Niagara in the first period, tying the score 1-1 after a goal by Gibson. Lynch and Scott Jacklin scored on the power play for the Colonials after Turcotte’s goal to give Robert Morris a 3-1 lead after the first period.

The man advantage played a big role in the Purple Eagles’ loss. Niagara went 0 for 5 on the power play, while Robert Morris was 2 of 5. In the two-game series, Niagara went 1 of 9 with the man advantage.

Niagara goalie Jackson Teichroeb made 38 saves. His counterpart at the other end, Dalton Izyk, made 33.

Robert Morris advances to the single-elimination AHA semifinals, which will be held Friday at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Niagara’s loss denied it a spot in the AHA semifinals for the first time in four seasons.