HAVERHILL, Mass. – Giancarlo Iuorio earned his third Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week award for the season after posting a seven-point weekend for the No. 15 Niagara hockey team in the weekend split against Robert Morris.
The senior’s four goals and three assists propelled the Purple Eagles to their first AHA Regular Season Title since the program entered the conference in prior to the 2010-11 season.
In his first game back since sustaining an injury in January, the assistant captain score his second hat trick of the season in the 4-3 victory over the Colonials on Friday, which included the game-winning tally with just 53 seconds remaining in the game. His efforts helped the Purps extend their home ice unbeaten streak to a nation-best 19 games, three short of the program record.
Iuorio then added his second shorthanded tally of the year and a trio of assists in the 6-5 overtime loss to RMU the following day. The center wrapped up the weekend with seven points and seven shots on goal, with a +3 rating. He is now riding a two-game goal and point streak.
The Richmond Hill, Ont. native leads the team with a career-high 16 goals, and has contributed 11 assists for 27 points. His game-winner on Friday was his fourth of the season, which is tied for tops on the team.
Iuorio and the Purple Eagles return to Dwyer Arena on Friday, Feb. 22 for game one of a home-and-home series against Mercyhurst that concludes the following day at Erie, Pa. Niagara will honor the six graduating seniors in the team’s final regular-season home game on Friday. Both contests will begin at 7:05 p.m.