You know wacky things have happened in this rivalry right? If you need a reminder, check out our photo gallery of the best moments in the 18 years Canisius and Niagara have met on the ice.
The Griffs head into Thursday's game at Dwyer on a five-game unbeaten streak while the Purps are winless in their last 10.
Both rosters feature a healthy number of Western New Yorkers. Find out why the rivalry is one of the selling points in recruiting local talent.
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