Purple Eagles soaring on the ice

By Nastassja Posso

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y.- It’s a great time do be an NU Men’s Hockey fan. With a winning streak up until their most recent game and being first in the conference, it is safe to say that the team has had a phenomenal season.

Their last game was at West Point on Nov. 24, where they faced and fell to Army with a score of 5-1. Prior to that, the Purple Eagles faced the Black Nights the evening before, finishing with a win of 3-1. Captain of the hockey team, Nick Farmer, shares some information and gives his input on the team’s season.

“I thought our team did a good job in handling the [three game] winning streak and staying humble through it all,” he said. “We did not make it a point that we were on a streak and I think that is what all good teams do.” Farmer said.

Farmer mentions that the best game the team has had so far this season has to have been the first game against Canisius on the night of Thursday, Nov. 15. At this game the Purple Eagles had a 5-2 win over the Golden Griffins which really got them motivated for the following game. The following Saturday, Nov. 17, the Purple Eagles met with the griffins once again at the Dwyer Arena where they had another win of 9-6. This was also the game that was led by Reed Robinson’s first collegiate hat trick.

Clearly, Canisius games are played with much more motivation and passion than any other, due to the rivalry.. Farmer added that the support and high energy from their fans they get on those games against Canisius are like no other and it is partially what gets them going for these games.

“I thought we did a great job handling different situations in the game and our response to when they scored was next level.” Farmer said.

With a few more games left in the season, the team prepares to face some conference and non-conference rivals. That being said, Farmer mentions there are still some areas where the team can improve regardless of their great success so far.

“I think we can improve by taking advantage of the situations that we are in,” he said. “If we want to be the best team at the end of the year, we have to learn to put teams away and when we earn a lead in a game, we continue that hunger and step on the other team’s throat.” Farmer said.

The Purple Eagles’ next opponent will be the Colgate Raiders. The Purple Eagles host the Raiders for two games on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7., both games start at 7 P.M.

 

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