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Niagara hockey dropped two spots in the latest USCHO.com poll, beginning the week at No. 17.

The Purple Eagles (14-4-4, 13-1-1) went 1-1 last weekend at Holy Cross, the loss their first of the season in Atlantic Hockey Association play. Niagara’s .727 team winning percentage is third best in the country. The Purple Eagles return to action Friday – beginning a home-and-home series with conference rival RIT at 7 p.m. at Ritter Arena in Rochester. NU hosts the Tigers at 7 p.m. Saturday with limited number of tickets still available for the game. For ticket information, visit purpleeagles.com or call 716-286-TIXX.

In other news, Niagara senior defenseman Jason Beattie has been nominated for this year’s BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award, which seeks to recognize male or female college hockey players in the U.S. who give back to communities in the true humanitarian spirit. The winner will be announced April 12.

Beattie helped organize NU’s “Man-Up with a Moustache” initiative as a means to raise money and awareness for cancer research through the Make-A-Wish foundation.