Niagara stuns New Hampshire in NCAA hockey

Eagles' 4-1 shocker earns meeting with North Dakota

March 25, 2000|By GRAND FORKS HERALD

MINNEAPOLIS -- Greg Gardner was asked if people might know more about him now.

"I sure hope so," the Niagara University senior goaltender said. "I hope a few people know who Niagara is. That's more important to me."

Gardner stopped 34 shots to lead Niagara to a shocking, 4-1 win over New Hampshire last night in the first round of the NCAA men's hockey tournament.

The victory lifted the Purple Eagles into a second-round matchup against North Dakota today. The winner of the West Regional game will advance to the Frozen Four in Providence, R.I.

While North Dakota has a strong hockey tradition dating to the 1940s, Niagara started an NCAA Division I program in 1996.

Four years later, the team's first recruiting class is one win away from advancing to the national semifinals.

Niagara, which has an enrollment of 2,900, only hands out 11 1/2 of the NCAA-allowable 18 scholarships.

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