NIAGARA, N.Y. -- Having already skated to three contests with one-goal margins against Niagara, Friday night's contest proved to be no different as Alabama-Huntsville (9-15-2, 5-7-1 CHA) fell 4-3 to the homestanding Purple Eagles (8-18-4, 3-9-2 CHA) at Dwyer Arena in Niagara, N.Y.
Things looked good for the Chargers early on the in the College Hockey America contest as freshman center Matti Järvinen (Espoo, Finland) ran his point streak to six games with a power-play lamp lighter at 5:26 of the first period. Järvinen's fifth tally of the season came with assists from junior forward Andrew Coburn (Mount Forest, Ontario) and senior defenseman Brandon Roshko (Hamilton, Ontario).
The Purple Eagles then stormed back scoring two goals in less than a minute to take their first lead of the night. Egor Mironov opened the scoring for NU at 15:17 before Rob Martini put the Purple Eagles ahead at 15:53. Things settled down from that point and the score remained 2-1 until the eight-minute mark of the second when Marc Zanette cashed in on a power-play attempt.
Having mounted a two-goal comeback last weekend against Robert Morris, the Chargers again mounted a charge on Friday night. Senior forward Tom Train (Hurst, Texas) notched his fourth goal of the season at 13:58 from Järvinen to make it a 3-2 game going into the final break.
A Coburn goal at 5:44 of the third would bring the game back even at 3-3 with helpers from junior foward Neil Ruffini (Roswell, Ga.) and sophomore forward Cody Campbell (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) but the tie would be short lived as Niagara scored only 1:10 later when Bryan Haczyk scored the game winner for NU.
Junior netminder Cameron Talbot (Caldeonia, Ontario) took the loss in net with a 23-save outing while Adam Avramenko notched the win for Niagara making 15 saves.
The two squads battle again on Saturday night at 6 p.m. in the "Empire State."