Junior forwards Conte, Nasca booted from Niagara

According to the Niagara Gazette, the Purple Eagles have released junior forwards Pat Conte and Phillip Nasca.

A source informed the Gazette on Sunday that Conte and Nasca had been kicked off the team.

Neither player dressed against Bentley last weekend when the Purple Eagles split the weekend series with a 6-4 win and 3-1 loss.

On Wednesday, Conte went on the record with the Gazette.

“I was not kicked off but rather released by Coach [Dave] Burkholder due to personality and coaching style differences,” Conte said. “The coaching staff was unable to see value in my style of play, therefore we parted ways. I have fulfilled one of my life goals by playing for a Division I team and wearing the Purple Eagle jersey with pride.”

Conte had one goal this season in six games, while Nasca had not recorded a point.

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