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[BN] Rinkside: 5 things as Niagara hosts AIC

American International at Niagara
at Dwyer Arena
7 p.m., Friday and Saturday

1. The losing streak is over. Niagara ended an eight-game losing streak with a 3-1 win against Bentley last Saturday in Dwyer Arena. The win moved the Purple Eagles to 3-11-2 in Atlantic Hockey, 3-16-3 overall.

2. Splitting the goaltending duties. In the two weekends since the holiday break, sophomores Guillaume Therien and Joe O'Brien have split the starting goalie duties. O'Brien has emerged with some quality outings. He has a 1.51 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage post-holiday break. He made 37 saves in the 3-1 win over Bentley, including 19 saves in the third period.  He has averaged more than 37 saves per game in all four of his starts this season.

3. Niagara is getting more shots on goal. In the weekend split with Bentley, Niagara averaged 33.5 shots, helping the Purple Eagles to an offensive outburst of three goals each night. In the previous eight games, Niagara averaged just 20 shots a game.

4. The Purple Eagles are getting instant impact from newcomers. Niagara added forward Christian Cakebread and defenseman Andrew Pizzo for the second semester. Cakebread had a goal and two assists in his first four games. Pizzo, who started the season with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, had four shots and was a plus-1 in his first two games with Niagara.

5. American International had a busy week. The Yellow Jackets played on Tuesday, dropping a 2-0 decision to Army. That was after playing two games against RIT last weekend, earning a split against the Tigers. AIC is tied for ninth in Atlantic Hockey with Sacred Heart, one spot above Niagara, with a 4-9-5 conference mark and a 5-13-6 overall record.

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