Niagara is getting closer at beating Army West Point in hockey. They just can’t seem to finish the job.
The Purple Eagles lost their second game in as many nights to the Cadets on Saturday at Dwyer Arena. This one was a 3-2 defeat in overtime, even though Niagara rallied to tie the game in the final minute of regulation time. Nick DeCenzo had the game-winning goal at 2:07.
Niagara had lost Friday’s game, 4-2. The Purple Eagles’ latest loss dropped their record to 3-20-3 overall, 3-15-2 in Atlantic Hockey. Army improved to 7-11-6 overall, 5-9-6 AH.
There wasn’t much to choose between the teams Saturday along the way. Conor Andrle of Army opened the scoring at 13:09 of the first period, but T.J. Sarcona countered a little more than three minutes later with his fifth of the season. Sarcona has scored three goals in his last three games.
The teams were scoreless in the second period. With 8:43 to play, Tyler Pham put Army back in front. But Niagara turned up the pressure in the third period, outshooting the opposition by 15-10. After his team pulled the goalie in the final minute, Nick Farmer tied the game for the Purple Eagles with 39 seconds left.
Niagara had two shots at the goal in overtime, but neither reached the target. Then Army scored on its first shot of the period.
The Purple Eagles finished the game with a 36-25 edge in shots. Each team was 0 for 2 on the power play.
Next week, Niagara is off to West Springfield, Mass., to play American International on Friday and Saturday. The team’s next home game will be Feb. 12 against Mercyhurst.