by Amy Moritz
There have been two major stumbling blocks for the Niagara hockey team this season -- road games and non-conference opponents.
The Purple Eagles have struggled away from Dwyer Arena and with a difficult schedule. It doesn't get easier tonight as they play No. 14 Cornell at Lynah Rink tonight.
Here are the numbers:
- Niagara is 0-6-1 in road games and 0-6-0 against non-conference opponents.
- The last time Niagara had this bad a start was the 2009-10 season when they started 0-6-0 on the road and 0-7-2 against non-conference opponents.
- The Purps finished that 2009-10 season, the last of College Hockey America, 12-20-4. It was the last time the team had a losing season.
- Niagara has never beaten Cornell at Lynah Rink. The Big Red are 8-0 against the Purps at home.
- Cornell (6-3-1) has won three straight and its power play ranks first nationally at 30.61 percent (15 of 49).
But there is good news for the Purps. Despite the road weary record and non-conference woes, they are in second place in Atlantic Hockey. Their 3-2-1 conference record gives them seven points, one behind league-leading Army.
And Niagara returns to Atlantic Hockey for the rest of the season after tonight. They play at Connecticut on Dec. 6-7.