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Niagara Purple Eagles Off to a Great Start

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What a start it's been for the Niagara Purple Eagles. They're 7-0 in conference play and ranked 20th in the nation.

The Eagles have outscored conference opponents 24-to-3; much thanks to junior goaltender Carsen Chubak, who leads the nation in save percentage and goals against average.

"However the goaltender plays, that's usually how the team goes. I've known that my entire career. It's not hard to see out there. I'm just going to keep doing the same things. If the team keeps doing the same things, we're going to keep winning," Chubak said.

"Obviously, your goaltender is always your best player. And he's been our best player thus far. I really can't say a bad thing about him," said Ryan Murphy, junior forward.

With six goals and seven assists, Murphy has been a catalyst on the offensive side. He's joined leading scorer Giancarlo Iuorio on the top line. Iuorio has 15 points in 13 games.

"Our line's really been clicking. Hopefully we can keep it up over these next three games going into the break," said Iuorio.

"He has a chance to be part of our 100 point club here at Niagara, which is a pretty special group of players from the past. So we're hoping he stays healthy and can do that for us," said head coach Dave Burkholder.

2012-2013 just may shape up to be a milestone year for Niagara hockey. In addition to being nationally ranked for the second straight week, Burkholder is sitting at 199 wins. His first chance to get to 200 is Friday night at home against Sacred Heart. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP