by Amy Moritz
If you've been following along with the hashtag #FrozenFrontier, you've seen the transformation on Twitter of Rochester's downtown baseball field into an outdoor hockey rink.
The games begin this weekend, with the Rochester Americans kicking it off on Friday night when the AHL team hosts the Lake Erie Monsters. The weekend schedule is then filled with games of all levels -- from college to juniors to high schools to alumni contests.
On Saturday night, Niagara and RIT will clash in a key Atlantic Hockey matchup and one that the Purple Eagles will change their fortunes.
After dropping two games at UConn this weekend, Niagara is 0-9-1 on the road. While this game will technically be a neutral site game, the Purps have not been successful away from the confines of Dwyer Arena. They need to find a way to steal some points on the road if they're going to have any success in the conference this season.
Meanwhile they face an RIT team which has won five straight and moved to 5-3-0 in Atlantic Hockey.
Canisius is off for the next few weeks and the Golden Griffins may need the break to regroup. After an impressive 8-2 trouncing of Army on Friday, the Griffs looked lackluster in a 2-0 loss to the Black Knights on Saturday. It was a lost opportunity for a weekend sweep and much needed points to keep pace with the rest of Atlantic Hockey. At 4-4-1 in conference play, they slipped to sixth place.