Niagara wins, 3-0, to improve to 14-9-1 in Atlantic Hockey, 17-11-3 overall. Canisius fell to 8-11-5 in the league, 9-16-6 overall. It is the fourth straight loss for the Griffs marks the first time in program history that they have been shutout in three straight games.
15:00 left: Niagara still leads, 2-0. Canisius had about 70 seconds worth of a 5-on-3 and failed to get on the board.
3:41 left: Niagara adds one more to take a 3-0 lead. Bryan Haczyk scored on a pass from Paul Zanette.
15:39: Still scoreless. Some great chances by Canisius, particularly Vince Scaresella but Chris Noonan made big saves for Niagara.
10:54 left: Sam Goodwin scores to give Niagara a 1-0 lead.
4:18 left: Niagara goes up, 2-0 on a perfectly executed power play. A shot by Ryan Rashid was tipped in high by Paul Zanette.
End of the second: Niagara leads, 2-0. The final 2:13 saw three penalties called and when the third starts, the Purple Eagles will have 38 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play.
7:05 p.m.: Canisius' Cory Conacher and Niagara's David Ross take a ceremonial puck drop with the JDRF. Both player have type 1 diabetes.
7:06 p.m.: Game on!
11:06 left: No score. Niagara had a power play and some good scoring chances but Dan Morrison came up big in goal for the Griffs.
5:07 left: Canisius had back-to-back power plays but still nothing up on the scoreboard for either team.
End of the first: No score. Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play. Canisius holds an 8-6 lead in shots on goal. Of NIagara's six shots, only one came at even strength.
Rivalry week continues tonight at the Buffalo State Ice Arena as Canisius and Niagara clash in an Atlantic Hockey meeting.
Niagara won the earlier season matchup, 6-5 in overtime, in a game which saw crazy momentum swings. The Purple Eagles hold a 13-6-1 advantage in the series dating back to 1997 and have won four of the last five meetings.
At 8-10-5 in Atlantic Hockey, Canisius is fighting for home ice in the opening round of the conference playoffs. Pacing the Golden Griffins is senior Cory Conacher, who became the program's all-time leading scorer this season. Freshman defender Ben Danford is third in the country for assists by a defender with 17 while senior Eric Rex already has a career-best 20 points. He came into the season with 13 points over the previous three seasons.
Niagara (13-9-1) is in third place in Atlantic Hockey, led by a strong top line. Senior Paul Zanette has 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) while Bryan Haczyk has 41 points (26 goals, 15 assists).
Check back for updates throughout the game.
--- Amy Moritz