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Niagara hockey ranked

It's been a while since Niagara men's hockey cracked the national polls, but the Purple Eagles landed at No. 20 this week in the Division I men's poll.

The last time the Purple Eagles were ranked by the online poll was March 24, 2008 when they were No. 19. That season Niagara was ranked for 10 weeks and earned its third NCAA tournament berth.

This year, Niagara is off to an 8-2-3 start and is unbeaten in its last nine games. The Purple Eagles are 7-0-0 in Atlantic Hockey play and have outscored their conference opponents, 24-3.

Niagara is off until next weekend when it hosts conference rival Sacred Heart on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

---Amy Moritz 

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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