Final: Niagara 4, Canisius 1. The trend continues as the home team has not won in this series in the last six games. Same two teams face off Thursday at 7 p.m. in Dwyer Arena.
11:19 left: No scoring yet this period.
End of the second: Niagara leads, 4-1. The Purple Eagles have dominated play.
4:46 left: Canisiuis gets on the board when Doug Beck picked up a puck in the slot and beat Noonan high. It's 4-1 Niagara.
5:31 left: Niagara takes a 4-0 lead when Dan Morrison came out to play the puck but fell allowing Niagara's Giancarlo Iuorio to pick up the puck, skate around and shoot into an open net.
14:15 left: And just like that it's 3-0 Niagara. The Purple Eagles flew down on a 3-on-1 break and Ryan Murphy put in the goal. Niagara seems to be flying right now. Canisius calls a time out.
14:33 left: Penalties proved costly for Canisius and Niagara finally capitalized on a power play with Chris Lochner scoring.
End of the first: Niagara leads, 1-0. Canisius had several solid scoring opportunities but Chris Noonan came up with some big time saves. The Griffs haven't helped themselves in the special teams department. They took three penalities giving Niagara two traditional power plays (one was during a Canisius power play, and the teams skated 4-on-4 for 1:55). As time expired, Canisius was whistled for another penalty. Niagara will start the second on the power play.
11:28 left: Niagara takes a 1-0 lead when Dan Weiss beat Dan Morrison five-hole.
13:04 left: The game didn't get chippy but the pace did pick up. Chris Noonan just made a nifty glove save as Canisius let loose a flurry of quality shots.
15:38 left: And we have our first incident of shoving after the whistle. These rivalry games can be interesting in the chippy department. Let's see if that sets a tone.
Ah, bring on the cliches about throwing out the records, because that's pretty much what happens when Niagara and Canisius clash on the ice. The teams begin a home-and-home series during what's shaped up into a classic Little Three rivalry week. Tonight's game at Buffalo State Ice Arena marks the home game for Canisius. The teams will meet again on Thursday in Dwyer in Lewiston.
You can throw out the records, but not the fun stats:
In five Atlantic Hockey meetings between the two teams, the home team has to win a game, going 0-4-1.
Canisius senior Dan Morrision is just 43 saves shy of the school's all-time record.
The team that scores the first goal in Canisius games this seaosn owns a 24-2-4 record.
The teams skated to a 1-1 tie at Niagara on Nov. 15 -- the lowest scoring game in the 24-game series history.
--- Amy Moritz