November 2, 2006
Niagara Bounces Back From Blowouts

By Warren Kozireski

Niagara had the Beavers eating wood chips this past weekend at Dwyer Arena as they launched an offensive assault that netted three goals over the first six minutes of the series-opener on the way to a 6-2 win and a 2-2 tie. The Purple Eagles built a 6-0 lead before Bemidji State got on the board.

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Niagara goaltender Juliano Pagliero made 36 saves in a win and a tie against conference rival Bemidji State last weekend.

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This, coming off a weekend in Nebraska-Omaha that saw Niagara beaten by a combined 17-5 by the host Mavericks and UMass-Lowell.

"It was a bad weekend that doesn't reflect what we have in the locker room," said head coach Dave Burkholder about the Mutual of Omaha Stampede tournament. "We did some teaching off it, but mainly we needed to be more detail-oriented in practice. We took some momentum into this past weekend with the way we finished the second game against Lowell."

Sophomore Juliano Pagliero cemented his status as the number one keeper by stopping 36 shots both nights, including nine in the overtime session Saturday.

"As the weekend wore on, he got better and stole a point Saturday," said Burkholder. "For the last seven or eight minutes of regulation and overtime, Bemidji was really coming on and he held them off."

Les Reaney and Ted Cook each scored twice and Scott Langdon and Egor Mironov added single tallies in the opener. Cook and Reaney accounted for the only offense in the Saturday tie. Sean Bentivoglio finished the weekend with four assists to move into a tie for eighth all-time at Niagara in helpers.


Slow Start for Bemidji State: As the preseason favorite to win the CHA title, Bemidji State at 0-3-1 has not gotten off to the start many envisioned. But two of the losses were at top-ranked Maine, and Niagara's Dwyer Arena has not traditionally been friendly to Beavers.

But there are some alarming signs and happenings. Like their defenseman collectively having one point in 25 games of action. Congratulations Riley Weselowski.

And in the blowout Friday at Niagara, senior Shane Holman was on the ice for five of Niagara's six goals — but four of those came whil Niagara was on the power play. Meanwhile, junior Matt Pope was on the ice for four goals, but only two were while short-handed. On Saturday, Holman started the game again on the top line while Pope was dropped to center the fourth line on the line chart.

Maybe the pair with rival Minnesota State will wake up the green and white. They'll need to generate more offense to win however, as the Mavericks are averaging almost four goals per game. Bemidji handed the Mavericks 4-3 and 7-3 losses last year at the Glas. Luke Erickson, who has four goals in four games to this point, netted three goals in those two victories over Minnesota State last season.

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Niagara at Robert Morris
After a stretch of playing just one game in 19 days, Robert Morris will play their first conference games of the season when they host Niagara. The Colonials will try to snap a three game losing streak after winning the first two games.

The series will feature the two top goaltenders in GAA and save percentage in the conference in junior Christian Boucher and sophomore Juliano Pagliero.

The Purple Eagles enter the second weekend of four consecutive against conference opponents. Niagara won all four games against RMU last season and the last six overall, but three were one-goal affairs including an overtime victory.

While You’re There: The city of Pittsburgh offers an Urban Bike Tour of the city's waterfront. Guides lead bicyclists through the trails that front all three of the city's rivers.

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It feels like the first time. Freshmen Jeff Caister from Wayne State and Egor Mironov of Niagara each scored their first collegiate goals over the weekend.
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Bemidji State fell to 3-11-2 all-time at Niagara over the weekend. Starting goaltender Layne Sedevie played just 317 seconds in the Friday opener and allowed three goals on four shots before taking a seat. Maybe it's the chicken wings.


• It looks highly probable that Alabama-Huntsville senior forward Brett MacConnachie will surpass his career-high 10 goals from last season. He has six already in the first eight games.

• Also in Huntsville, Charger junior Tyler Hilbert picked up his second short-handed goal of the season over the weekend and is tied for tops in the nation.

• First and last: Robert Morris leads the conference allowing just 3.50 goals per game and is tops in penalty killing at 84.1 percent, but is last in scoring offense at 1.75 goals per game and on the power play (12.5 percent).

• Wayne State needs to reverse its third-period numbers. Through the first six games, they have scored just two goals in the third period, but allowed 10. Both of those third-period goals came in the same game — their only win to this point at Huntsville.

• By November 18th, Niagara will have played eight games of its 20-game conference schedule. By the same date, Wayne State will have played just twice in conference.

A variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this report