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[BN] Rinkside: Five things as Niagara travels to Sacred Heart

Niagara at Sacred Heart
7:05 p.m. Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday
at Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn.

1. Niagara is coming off its first win. The Purple Eagles picked up their first win of the season, surviving a 5-4 game with Merychurst on Tuesday in Dwyer Arena. Niagara took a 3-0 first-period lead before the Lakers came back to tie the game but TJ Sarcona scored twice to give Niagara the win.

2. TJ Sarcona had a breakout game. The senior forward had three points in the win over Mercyhurst, the first three-point game of the season for a Niagara player. It was Sarcona's eighth career multi-point game.

3. Freshman Derek Brown is off to a hot start. Brown has three goals and four assists in nine games this season, giving him a share of the team's scoring lead with fellow freshman Kris Spriggs. Brown has a point in five of Niagara’s last six games.

4. Niagara is giving up a lot of goals. The Purple Eagles (1-7-2) are giving up 5.40 goals per game, the most in Division I hockey. The Purple Eagles have used three goaltenders this season with sophomore Guillaume Therien earning the win on Tuesday. Therien has a 4.94 goals against average with an .891 save percentage in five games. Sophomore Joe O'Brien has a 4.55 goals against and an .891 save percentage in four games while senior Jackson Teichroeb has a 6.15 goals against with an .824 save percentage in five games.

5. Sacred Heart is also off to a slow start. The Pioneers fell to 1-4-0 in Atlantic Hockey after two losses to Robert Morris. They are 2-6-2 on the season. Last season, Sacred Heart won both meetings with Niagara, a 5-0 win on Jan. 2 and a 2-1 overtime win on Jan. 3.

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