Injuries and inconsistencies plague Niagara

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – It has not been an easy season for the Purple Eagles men’s hockey team. Struggling to find consistency and dealing with a plethora of injured players, Head Coach Dave Burkeholder’s squad is currently 3-22-3 on the season. This is Burkeholder’s sixteenth season with the team.

Key players such as forwards Derrian Plouffe and Christian Cakebread have missed time with severe injuries. Freshman Kris Spriggs leads the team with 13 points in 25 games played. Goaltender Jackson Teichroeb has posted a .879 save percentage while Johnny Curran’s -3 rating is currently highest on the team.

Despite the team’s struggles, Niagara fans are as loyal as ever. Dwyer Arena is averaging 752 fans per game for the Purple Eagles this year. Two of the Purple Eagle’s three wins this season have been at home (Mercyhurst and Bentley).

Niagara is in action this on Friday against Army at West Point. They return home to play their rival Canisius College on Feb. 15.

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