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12-14-2012, 01:18 AM
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Originally Posted by LaxSabre View Post
NIAGARA, N.Y. – The No. 16 Niagara hockey team closed out the first semester with a 2-2 draw against Atlantic Hockey opponent RIT on Wednesday evening at Dwyer Arena.

For the second straight game, the Purple Eagles (10-2-4; 9-0-1 AHA) came back from two goals down, but had to settle for the tie, extending its unbeaten streak to a nation best 12 games. The victory also extended Niagara’s current home ice unbeaten streak to 13 games, dating back to the Purple Eagles 3-3 draw against Air Force on Feb. 11, 2012.

The Purple Eagles will take two weeks off for the holidays before returning to action on Saturday, Dec. 29, at Bowling Green in a non-conference battle against the Falcons.

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NIAGARA, NY – Junior forward Ben Lynch (Blaine, MN) scored two goals, while junior goaltender Josh Watson (Lititz, PA) made 44 saves, as the RIT men’s hockey team (4-8-4, 3-5-3 AHA) extended its unbeaten streak to three games by skating to a 2-2 draw at No. 16 Niagara (10-2-4, 9-0-1 AHA) in front of 1,200 fans at Dwyer Arena on Wednesday evening. Niagara now has a nation best 12-game unbeaten streak.

Lynch tied a career-high with two goals. Watson was brilliant in goal for the Tigers with 44 saves, one shy of his career-high, set Jan. 1, 2011 vs. Merrimack. Dan Schuler (Webster, NY/Choate Rosemary Hall) had an assist.

RIT returns to action on Jan. 4-5, 2013, with a pair of road contests at St. Lawrence University that both begin at 7 p.m. RIT returns home to host AHA foe Bentley University on Jan. 11-12, at 7:05 p.m.

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Pretty good game for RIT. The shot total looked one-sided, but RIT did a much better job preventing odd man rushes and protecting the slot than they had been early in the season. And both of Lynch's goals were sick. Great play by Schuler to force the turnover inside the blue line and keep the puck in for a breakaway on the first one, and just a snipe on one of the best statistical goaltenders in the nation on the 2nd.

They had a couple of other glorious empty net chances go begging as well.

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