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Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey
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Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey athletic logo
University Niagara University
Conference AHA
Head coach Jason Lammers
4th season, 42–67–15 (.399)
Arena Dwyer Arena
Capacity: 2,100
Location Lewiston, New York
Colors Purple and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
2000, 2004, 2008, 2013
Conference Tournament championships
CHA: 2000, 2004, 2008
Conference regular season championships
CHA: 2000, 2006, 2007
AHA: 2013
Current uniform
AHA-Uniform-NU.png
For information on all Niagara University sports, see Niagara Purple Eagles

The Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Niagara University. The Purple Eagles are a member of Atlantic Hockey. They play at the Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, New York.[2]

History[]

After several years of playing at the club level, the team turned varsity in the 1996–97 season, which they played as independent.

In 1999 they became charter members of the College Hockey America, joining two other independent teams (Air Force and Army) and three former Division II teams (Alabama–Huntsville, Bemidji State and Findlay).

Niagara went undefeated in conference play that season, 1999–00, winning the conference tournament and gaining an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament, as the conference did not gain an automatic bid until the 2003 tournament. Starting goaltender Greg Gardner set a single-season NCAA record for shutouts with 12 as Niagara posted its first (and only as of 2019) 30-win campaign. The purple eagles upset the University of New Hampshire to advance to the Elite Eight, where they lost to North Dakota. North Dakota went on to win that national championship.

Niagara also won the College Hockey America Championship in 2004 and 2008, appearing in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship again those years. In 2004 they lost against Boston College and in 2008 against Michigan.

On January 29, 2009, Niagara University announced that the team was moving to Atlantic Hockey beginning in the 2010-11 season.

On October 14, 2010, it was announced that Jay McKee would serve as a volunteer assistant coach for Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey, while not ruling out a return to the NHL.

On December 14, 2013 the Purple Eagles faced off against the RIT Tigers in an outdoor hockey game known as Frozen Frontier tying 2-2.

Season-by-season results[3][]

Head coaches[]

As of the completion of 2019–20 season

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1996–2001 Blaise MacDonald 5 91–58–17 .599
2001–2017 Dave Burkholder 16 247–279–68 .473
2017–Present Jason Lammers 3 40–59–12 .414
Totals 3 coaches 24 seasons 378–396–97 .490

NCAA Tournament appearances[]

Year Location Opponent Result
2000 Target Center New Hampshire W 4-1
Target Center North Dakota L 1-4
2004 Verizon Wireless Arena Boston College L 2-5
2008 Times Union Center Michigan L 1-5
2013 Van Andel Arena North Dakota L 1-2

Statistical Leaders[4][]

Career points leaders[]

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Ehgoetz, BarretBarret Ehgoetz 2001–2005 141 71 95 166 142
Sivonen, MikkoMikko Sivonen 1996–2000 126 65 77 142 80
Isherwood, MichaelMichael Isherwood 1996–2000 126 55 87 142 112
Moran, ChrisChris Moran 2006–2010 146 38 103 141 103
Cook, TedTed Cook 2005–2009 139 78 59 137 226
DeSantis, PeterPeter DeSantis 1996–2000 126 67 66 133 46
Bentivoglio, SeanSean Bentivoglio 2003–2007 145 43 89 132 142
Martin, KyleKyle Martin 1996–2000 124 60 69 129 58
Caruana, MattMatt Caruana 2004–2008 146 51 78 129 108
Tallari, JoeJoe Tallari 2000–2004 144 60 64 124 111

Career goaltending leaders[]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

minimum 30 games played

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Chubak, CarsenCarsen Chubak 2010–2013 45 2588 27 11 6 93 6 .930 2.16
Noonan, ChrisChris Noonan 2009–2012 61 3262 29 18 8 132 3 .922 2.43
Gardner, GregGreg Gardner 1996–2000 113 64 33 12 16 2.46
Pagliero, JulianoJuliano Pagliero 2005–2009 98 5311 47 32 11 231 8 .921 2.61
Wilson, BrianBrian Wilson 2017–Present 81 4826 28 42 9 220 5 .908 2.74

Statistics current through the start of the 2020–21 season.

Roster[]

As of October 14, 2020.[5]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Flag of California Pugliese, PatrickPatrick Pugliese Freshman G 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-07-20 Pasadena, California New Jersey (NAHL)
2 Flag of British Columbia Pomeroy, JesseJesse Pomeroy Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-05-25 Prince George, British Columbia Drayton Valley (AJHL)
3 Flag of Texas Robinson, ReedReed Robinson Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1998-03-11 Rockwall, Texas Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (NAHL)
4 Flag of Ontario Harpur, ChrisChris Harpur Senior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1996-09-13 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Cowichan Valley (BCHL)
5 Flag of Alaska Evingson, CroixCroix Evingson Senior D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1997-08-28 Anchorage, Alaska UMass Lowell (HEA) TAM, 211st overall 2017
7 Flag of Iowa Wishman, JordanJordan Wishman Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1998-11-22 Des Moines, Iowa Dubuque (USHL)
8 Flag of Ohio Sommer, WalkerWalker Sommer Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-04-29 Avon, Ohio Air Force (AHA)
9 Flag of Pennsylvania Cooley, EricEric Cooley Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-05-05 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Amarillo Bulls (NAHL)
10 Flag of Minnesota Randklev, CarterCarter Randklev Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 163 lb (74 kg) 1999-11-05 Moorhead, Minnesota Fargo (USHL)
11 Flag of Sweden Persson, ScottScott Persson Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2000-08-17 Kristianstad, Sweden Lone Star (NAHL)
12 Flag of Ontario Pineo, JasonJason Pineo Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-02-23 Toronto, Ontario Oakville (OJHL)
13 Flag of New York Herrmann, ZacZac Herrmann Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-11-06 Lancaster, New York Odessa (NAHL)
14 Flag of Michigan Naumovski, RyanRyan Naumovski Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1999-07-28 Shelby Township, Michigan New Jersey (NAHL)
15 Flag of Pennsylvania Cameron, MattMatt Cameron Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-06-08 Berwyn, Pennsylvania New Jersey (NAHL)
16 Flag of Missouri Brandt, JaredJared Brandt Senior (RS) D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-10-26 St. Louis, Missouri Miami (NCHC)
17 Flag of West Virginia Edgerton, LukeLuke Edgerton Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-05-01 Wheeling, West Virginia Jersey (NCDC)
18 Flag of Minnesota Mills, DylanDylan Mills Junior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1999-08-18 Cottage Grove, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
19 Flag of Alberta Cox, RyanRyan Cox Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-07-23 St. Albert, Alberta Sherwood Park (AJHL)
20 Flag of Pennsylvania Gorsack, ChristianChristian Gorsack Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 2000-06-08 Jeannette, Pennsylvania Johnstown (NAHL)
21 Flag of Wisconsin Kendall, JustinJustin Kendall Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-05-07 Holmen, Wisconsin Coulee Region (NAHL)
22 Flag of Utah Truscott, AlexAlex Truscott Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-03-23 Draper, Utah Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
23 Flag of Nova Scotia Cook, CamCam Cook Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1997-11-13 Halifax, Nova Scotia Shreveport (NAHL)
24 Flag of the Czech Republic Myšák, JosefJosef Myšák Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1999-09-08 Litvínov, Czech Republic Austin (NAHL)
25 Flag of Ontario Hill, JonJon Hill Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998-10-09 Whitby, Ontario Brockville (CCHL)
26 Flag of Ontario Stanley, BrandonBrandon Stanley Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1997-05-03 Sioux Lookout, Ontario Philadelphia (NAHL)
27 Flag of Illinois Billings, JackJack Billings Senior (RS) F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-10-04 Oak Lawn, Illinois Salve Regina (CCC)
28 Flag of Virginia Zielinski, JackJack Zielinski Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996-08-08 Richmond, Virginia Lone Star (NAHL)
29 Flag of Sweden Stenlund, LudwigLudwig Stenlund Junior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-04-16 Skellefteå, Sweden Madison (USHL)
31 Flag of Pennsylvania Veltri, ChadChad Veltri Sophomore G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1998-06-03 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Youngstown (USHL)
33 Flag of Ontario Wilson, BrianBrian Wilson Senior G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-09-27 Pickering, Ontario Powell River (BCHL)
35 Flag of Illinois Corson, MikeMike Corson Junior G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-04-22 Darien, Illinois Denver (NCHC)
37 Flag of Ontario Poeze, TrevorTrevor Poeze Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-07-17 Mississauga, Ontario Kanata (CCHL)

Awards and honors[]

NCAA[]

All-Americans[]

AHCA Second Team All-Americans


CHA[]

Individual Awards[]

Player of the Year

Rookie of the Year

Most Valuable Player in Tournament

Coach of the Year

Three-Star Player of the Year

  • Ted Cook: 2007

Student-Athlete of the Year

All-Conference Teams[]

First Team All-CHA

Second Team All-CHA

  • 1999–00: Mikko Sivonen, F
  • 2000–01: Bernie Sigrist, F
  • 2001–02: Scott Crawford, D
  • 2002–03: Barret Ehgoetz, F
  • 2003–04: Andrew Lackner, D; Joe Tallari, F
  • 2004–05: Ryan Gale, F
  • 2005–06: Jeff Van Nynatten, G; Ted Cook, F; Les Reaney, F
  • 2006–07: Juliano Pagliero, G; Les Reaney, F
  • 2007–08: Tyler Gotto, D; Matt Caruana, F
  • 2008–09: Tyler Gotto, D; Vince Rocco, F; Egor Mironov, F
  • 2009–10: Tyler Gotto, D; Ryan Olidis, F

All-CHA Rookie Team

  • 2002–03: Brian Hartman, D; Jason Williamson, F
  • 2003–04: Pat Oliveto, F
  • 2005–06: Ted Cook, F; Les Reaney, F
  • 2006–07: Tyler Gotto, D; Chris Moran, F
  • 2007–08: Adam Avramenko, G
  • 2008–09: Dan Baco, D
  • 2009–10: Jason Beattie, F


Atlantic Hockey[]

Individual Awards[]

Player of the Year

Rookie of the Year

  • Ludwig Stenlund: 2019

Regular Season Goaltending Award

  • Chris Noonan: 2012

Regular Season Scoring Trophy

Coach of the Year

Most Valuable Player in Tournament

  • Scott Champagne: 2005


All-Conference Teams[]

First Team All-Atlantic Hockey

Second Team All-Atlantic Hockey

  • 2011–12: Chris Noonan, G
  • 2012–13: Dan Weiss, D

Third Team All-Atlantic Hockey

  • 2010–11: Ryan Annesley, D
  • 2012–13: Kevin Ryan, D
  • 2013–14: Kevin Ryan, D
  • 2017–18: Derian Plouffe, F
  • 2018–19: Noah Delmas, D; Ludwig Stenlund, F

Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team

  • 2010–11: Ryan Rashid, F
  • 2013–14: Vinny Muto, D
  • 2014–15: Keegan Harper, D
  • 2018–19: Ludwig Stenlund, D

Niagara Purple Eagles Hall of Fame[]

The following is a list of people associated with the men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Niagara Purple Eagles Hall of Fame (induction date in parenthesis).[6]

  • Greg Gardner (2006)
  • Peter DeSantis (2007)
  • Mile Isherwood (2007)
  • Joe Tallari (2012)
  • Barret Ehgoetz (2013)
  • 1999-2000 Men's Team (2016)

Purple Eagles in the NHL[7][]

Player Position Team(s) Years Stanley Cups
Sean Bentivoglio Left Wing NYI 2008–2009 0
Matt Ryan Center LAK 2005–2006 0

See also[]

References[]

  1. Niagara University Athletic Department Quick Facts (August 2, 2011). Retrieved on April 15, 2016.
  2. Niagara Purple Eagles Men's Ice Hockey. U.S. College Hockey Online.
  3. "Niagara Men's Hockey Team History", USCHO.com. 
  4. "Niagara Statistics", Elite Prospects. 
  5. 2020-21 Men's Ice Hockey Roster. Niagara University Athletics.
  6. Purple Eagles Hall of Fame. Niagara Purple Eagles.
  7. Alumni report for Niagara University. Hockey DB.

External links[]


Atlantic Hockey

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