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Series Preview: Rutgers @ Niagara

11/01/2018, 11:15pm EDT
By Namrita Singh

Rutgers looks to get back in the win column as the team heads north to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles in another critical conference matchup. 

Photo Credit: Steven Wojtowicz

The Rutgers University Ice Knights (4-5-1-0) are headed north for their first full road trip of the season against conference opponent Niagara (4-4-0-1). This is the first meeting between these two teams since October of the 2010-11 season; Rutgers won that meeting 6-5 but the game-winning goal was scored with two seconds remaining in regulation.

Niagara: the Purple Eagles began the season with a pair of regulation losses to Central Oklahoma and a shootout loss to Mercyhurst. They picked up their first win of the season against Slippery Rock in overtime after climbing back from a two-goal deficit in the third period; David Fish scored the game-winner, unassisted.

Niagara fell to Canisius 4-1 but won their next three games at home against Pitt (2-1), RIT (6-3), and John Carroll (7-4). In their most recent game, they fell to Syracuse 6-4 on the road. They have won three of their last four contests, and four of their last six. They have won all four games on home ice and play their next seven games at Dwyer Arena.

Robert McNamara is Niagara’s leading scorer with 10 points (8G, 2A) in nine games played. Ryan Peters (4G, 5A) and Tyler Stockwell (3G, 6A) follow with nine points each in as many games played. Justin Crawford has seven points (2G, 5A) and David Fish, who has a pair of game-winning goals, has five points in seven games.

Curtis Acker played the most recent game against Syracuse and made 44 saves in the loss. He has a 1-1 record through three games, a 3.00 goals against average, and a .922 save percentage. John Nichols (2-1, 3GP, 5.23 GAA, .848 save %) and Grant Zell (1-2, 4GP, 4.65 GAA, .829 save %) have also seen time in net.

Rutgers: the Scarlet Knights began the season with four wins in five games but have lost five straight contests since then. This past weekend, they hosted conference opponent RIT and lost 5-3 Friday night and 5-2 Saturday afternoon.

Josh Kim (10G, 6A) and Griffin Privitera (6G, 10A) currently lead Rutgers in scoring with 16 points each and they have both played in all 10 games so far. Privitera is riding a four-game point streak (2G, 3A). They are followed by Joe DeLandro with eight points (3G, 5A), Tyler Gutierrez with seven (4G, 3A), and Tyler Allen and Ian Zyvith with six each. Freshman Jake Goldstein also scored his fourth goal of the season this past Friday and has five points overall.

Freshman Brandon Schellin started both games against RIT and has a 1-3 record through five games (he missed some time due to injury); he has a 5.00 goals against average and .843 save percentage (134 saves). Junior Chris Fiorillo has a 3-2 record in seven games played, a 4.90 goals against average, and an .880 save percentage (183 saves).

The Knights are looking to get back on track this weekend with a big month ahead of them. The teams are evenly matched so it should be a good weekend for hockey.

Puck drops are scheduled for 8:35PM Friday night and 4:30PM Saturday afternoon at Dwyer Arena. The team will be home again on November 16th. 

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