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Niagara, RIT renew rivalry

The Niagara men’s hockey team will look to continue its home dominance against rival RIT tonight on national television.

The Purple Eagles are 8-0-4 all-time against the Tigers inside Dwyer Arena, where the teams open a home-and-home series at 7:05 p.m. in a game that will air on the CBS College Sports Network. Niagara is 10-1-7 against RIT in Division I.

Niagara dropped a pair of games on home ice to Holy Cross last week, the first time since the 2008-09 season it has been swept in a home series. The Purple Eagles are 5-14-3 overall and 5-7-3 in Atlantic Hockey, 14 points behind Mercyhurst in the conference standings.

Junior Isaac Kohls and sophomore Hugo Turcotte have led the Niagara offense of late, with eight and seven points, respectively, in the past five games.

Niagara and RIT tied in their first meeting of the season, 2-2, as part of the Frozen Frontier series of outdoor games in Rochester. The Tigers (8-11-3, 7-7-1) come into tonight’s game on a two-game winning streak, having swept Army last weekend.

RIT is particularly strong on the power play, converting 23 of 96 chances, a 23.9 percent success rate that ranks fourth nationally.