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[BN]Rinkside: Niagara releases hockey schedule

Hockey season inches closer as Niagara released its schedule for the 2016-17 season this week. (Canisius released its schedule last week.)

The Purple Eagles open the season with three Atlantic Hockey games before diving into the non-conference portion of their schedule. The team travels to Rensselaer on Oct. 21 then to Union on Oct. 22. They return home to host Ohio State University for two games Oct. 28-29 then make their first visit to Penn State Nov. 3-4.

This season features four regular season matchups with Canisius: Jan. 24 (HarborCenter), Jan. 31 (Dwyer), Feb. 15 (HarborCenter) and Feb. 17 (Dwyer). Niagara will play RIT only twice in the regular season, hosting the regional rival on Dec. 2-3.

There are a few local connections in Niagara's non-conference schedule including defenseman Nick DeSimone (East Amherst) on Union, forward Christian Lampasso (Amherst) with Ohio State and forward Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo) at Penn State.

The 2016-17 Niagara schedule:

Oct. 1 -- Western Ontario (exhibition), 3 p.m.
Oct. 7 -- Holy Cross, 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 8 -- Holy Cross, 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 18 -- at Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 21 -- at Rensselaer, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22 -- at Union, 4 p.m.
Oct. 28 -- Ohio State, 7 p.m.
Oct. 29 -- Ohio State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 3 -- at Penn State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 4 -- at Penn State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 15 -- Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 18 -- at Sacred Heart, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 19 -- at Sacred Heart, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 26 -- at AIC, 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 27 - at AIC, 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 2 -- RIT, 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 3 -- RIT, 7:05 p.m.
Dec. 9 -- at Air Force, 9:05 p.m.
Dec. 10 -- at Air Force, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 6 -- at Holy Cross, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 7 -- at Holy Cross, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 13 -- Bentley, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 14 -- Bentley, 3:05 p.m.
Jan. 20 -- AIC, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 21 -- AIC, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 24 -- at Canisius, 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 27 -- at Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 28 -- Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 31 -- Canisius, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 10 -- at Army West Point, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 11 -- at Army West Point, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 15 -- at Canisius, 7:35 p.m.
Feb. 17 -- Canisius, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 24 -- Robert Morris, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 25 -- Robert Morris, 7:05 p.m.

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