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Niagara releases hockey schedule

by Amy Moritz

It's an interesting schedule for the Niagara hockey team.

The Atlantic Hockey season is capped with home-and-home series against the defending champion while its local rivalry has been cut in half. And the six non-conference games are pretty challenging as the Purple Eagles released their 2014-15 hockey schedule late Tuesday afternoon.

Niagara opens the season at Dwyer Arena Oct. 10-11 with two games against ECAC teams. Clarkson comes to Monteagle RIdge on Oct. 10 with St. Lawrence visiting Oct. 11.

Niagara then kicks off Atlantic Hockey play against defending champion Robert Morris, traveling to Moon Township on Oct. 17 and returning to Dwyer on Oct. 18. They close out the regular season against the Colonials, the team which defeated Niagara in overtime in the conference semifinals last season, playing at Dwyer on Feb. 27 and in Moon Township on Feb. 28.

Along with the ECAC openers, Niagara's non-conference schedule includes two-game road series at Notre Dame (Oct. 24-25) and at North Dakota (Jan. 16-17).

Now for the mixed news for Western New York college hockey fans.

Niagara will meet RIT four times, with home-and-home series. They meet Dec. 12 and Feb. 7 at the new Polisseni Center on the RIT campus and Dec. 13 and Feb. 6 at Dwyer Arena.

But the annual Western New York grudge match on ice will be a disappointing two games this year, both at Dwyer Arena. Niagara hosts Canisius on Thursday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 24.

With Atlantic Hockey membership dropping to 11 teams this season, the league went to a new scheduling format -- play four teams four times then play the other six only twice.

The conference apparently decided that Niagara-RIT was a protected rivalry and not Niagara-Canisius. It also means one of the most interesting matchups in the league will not get a showcase in the Golden Griffins' new home at HarborCenter.

Niagara's complete hockey schedule:

Oct. 10 -- Clarkson, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 -- St. Lawrence, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 -- at Robert Morris, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 -- Robert Morris, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 -- at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 -- at Notre Dame, 7 p.m
Oct. 31 -- AIC, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1 -- AIC, 7 p.m.
Nov. 7 -- at Bentley, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 8 -- at Bentley, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 21 -- Army, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 22 -- Army, 7 p.m.
Dec. 5 -- Holy Cross, 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 -- Holy Cross, 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 12 -- at RIT, 7 p.m.
Dec. 13 -- RIT, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 2 -- at Sacred Heart, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 3 -- at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 -- at Air Force, 9 p.m.
Jan. 10 -- at Air Force, 9 p.m.
Jan. 16 -- at North Dakota, 8 p.m.
Jan. 17 -- at North Dakota, 8 p.m.
Jan. 22 -- Canisius, 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 -- Canisius, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 30 -- at Holy Cross, 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 -- at Holy Cross, 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 -- RIT, 7 p.m.
Feb. 7 -- at RIT, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 13 -- at Mercyhurst, 7 p.m.
Feb. 14 -- at Mercyhurst, 7 p.m.
Feb. 20 -- Air Force, 7 p.m.
Feb. 21 -- Air Force, 7 p.m.
Feb. 27 -- Robert Morris, 7 p.m.
Feb. 28 -- at Robert Morris, 7 p.m.


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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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