Today is one of those days where fans frustrated by the NHL lockout have an opportunity to get their hockey fix.
Both Canisius and Niagara play home games with the Golden Griffins having a noon faceoff against non-conference guest Bowling Green at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.
Anyone craving for more hockey after Canisius-Bowling Green can make the trek northbound on the I-190 to see the Purple Eagles host Air Force at 7 p.m. at Dwyer Arena (Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 25, Radio 1440).
Due to increased demand, the Niagara ticket office released an additional limited amount of tickets for tonight’s game. For tickets, visit purpleeagles.com/tickets, email Tickets@Purpleeagles.com or call 716-286-TIXX.
Canisius and Niagara will try to return to their winning ways as both enter today’s games off losses.
Bowling Green beat Niagara, 3-0, on Dec. 29 to snap the 18th-ranked Purple Eagles’ then nation-leading 12-game unbeaten streak. Niagara goalie Carsen Chubak made 40 saves in the loss. NU, which fired 38 shots on goal, trailed 1-0 entering the final four minutes of that game.
The Purple Eagles (10-3-4, 9-0-1) bring a 13-game unbeaten streak on home ice into the showdown with Air Force, the defending Atlantic Hockey Association champions.
Air Force (6-8-4, 4-4-2) lost to Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
Giancarlo Iuorio leads Niagara with 12 goals and 20 points, while Ryan Murphy has eight goals and 18 points. Stephen Carew leads Air Force with 10 goals, while Cole Gunner has three goals and 16 points.
Canisius dropped a 1-0 decision in overtime to Army last Sunday – its second overtime loss in three games.
Still, the Griffs (6-8-4) have won four of their last six overall heading into the showdown with the Falcons (4-10-4).
Preston Shupe leads Canisius with six goals and 11 points. Ryan Carpenter’s five goals and 11 points lead Bowling Green.