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Kolenda, Teichroeb pace Niagara win

In their first visit to the Gene Polisseni Center, Niagara’s upperclassmen came up with big performances.

Senior Dan Kolenda scored twice and junior Jackson Teichroeb made 24 saves as the Purple Eagles came out of Rochester with a 2-0 win over RIT in an Atlantic Hockey matchup.

Kolenda scored at 4:59 of the third period, putting a loose puck in front of the net behind RIT goaltender Mike Rotolo. Sam Renneaker and Tanner Lomsnes had the assists.

Kolenda added an empty-netter to secure the win, giving him four goals in the last three games and seven on the season.

Teichroeb was making his first appearance for Niagara this season after missing the first 14 games with an undisclsoed injury.

The shutout was the first on the road by a Purple Eagle goaltender since Carsen Chubak blanked Army in a 5-0 win on Nov. 9, 2012.

Niagara killed off all three RIT power play opportunities. The Purple Eagles’ penalty killing unit has not allowed a goal against in three straight games, going 8 for 8 in that span.

Niagara improved to 3-5-1 in Atlantic Hockey and 3-10-2 overall.

RIT’s Rotolo made 26 saves in the loss as the Tigers fell to 4-4-1 in conference play and 4-9-2 overall.

The teams continue their home-and-home weekend at 7 p.m. Saturday at Dwyer Arena.

Meanwhile, Canisius begins its home-and-home weekend with Robert Morris Saturday in Pittsburgh. The teams will then travel back to Buffalo to play at HarborCenter on Sunday.