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Top line sets table for Niagara - Miguel Rodriguez - Buffalo News Sports Reporter - - Friday, March 29.

LEWISTON. NY. — Giancarlo Iuorio and Marc Zanette have been feeding Ryan Murphy all season, and not just on the ice. The three forwards make up Niagara’s top line and live together off campus, along with teammates Patrick Divjak and Kevin Ryan of Eden. When they’re not talking hockey around the house, it’s because Iuorio and Zanette are too busy in the kitchen making sure Murph and the gang are properly fueled up for practices and games.

“They’re good cooks. They both share the duties and I do the dishes,” said Murphy, who leads the Purple Eagles with 36 points and knows his role at home. “I can’t complain about their cooking. They’re great guys to live with, and they’re great guys to play with.”

Murphy may not dabble in food preparation, but it’s not a secret Niagara’s offense has been cooking throughout the season when he, Iuorio and Zanette buzz around the zone, making life difficult for opposing teams. The trio has combined for 98 points, scoring 46 of the Purple Eagles’ 115 goals. Iuorio has earned the title of executive chef since his return from an upper-body injury nine games ago. The line has piled up 29 points in that span, with Iuorio getting 14 (nine goals, five assists) to run his season total to 34 with a team-best 21 goals. Zanette has 10 goals and 28 points.

Niagara-North Dakota Scouting Report: Chubak could steal upset - Buffalo News Newspaper - - Friday, March 29.

When one team has 14 NHL Draft picks and its opponent has none, it should be relatively easy to figure out which team should have the advantage on game day. Of course, hockey is a unique sport in which the most talented team doesn’t always emerge victorious. That’s why it would be a mistake to say Niagara is in over its head this afternoon when it plays vaunted North Dakota, which features two Hobey Baker Award finalists in Corban Knight and Danny Kristo.

A good-team defensive game, a red-hot goalie and timely scoring are all an underdog needs to pull off an upset over a talented foe in a one-game playoff. That’s a formula for success in this sport that will never go out of style.

The Purple Eagles, who are making their fourth NCAA tourney appearance, do have a Hobey Baker finalist of their own and game changer in junior goalie Carsen Chubak. The Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year leads the nation in shutouts (six), ranks fourth in save percentage (.938) and eighth in goals-against average (1.91). He’s shown the ability to steal games throughout the season and is itching at a chance to redeem himself on the national stage after last week’s Atlantic Hockey semifinal loss in which he gave up a season-high five goals.

Keeping Up With NU as it Prepares for the NCAA Tournament - Niagara University Athletics - - Thursday, March 28.

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — After landing its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history, the Niagara hockey team started its trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan yesterday afternoon where the Purple Eagles will face off against the University of North Dakota on Friday in the West Regional Semifinals. In the last week, the swarm of media following was a welcomed sight after a bid to the NCAA tournament was finalized during the selection show last Sunday. Every local television station, along with the Niagara Gazette and Buffalo News were a daily fixture at the rink.

Day One Gallery - Niagara University Athletics - -

Atlantic Hockey Blog - Picks - Chris Lerch - Atlantic Hockey Columnist - -

Go Niagara! Beat North Dakota!

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