Niagara at Holy Cross
8:05 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 8:05 p.m. Sunday if necessary
Hart Recreation Center, Worcester, Mass.
Last time out: The Purple Eagles split with regular season champ Robert Morris, nabbing a 2-1 win in Dwyer Arena. They are 2-1-1 in their last four games heading into the first round of the Atlantic Hockey playoffs.
About Holy Cross: The Crusaders finished tied for sixth in Atlantic Hockey, winning the tiebreaker with Air Force for the No. 6 seed and home ice for the first round. At 13-16-5, they are 3-2-0 in their last five games and are led offensively by sophomore Mike Barrett (23 points) and freshmen TJ Moore (10 goals, 20 points) and Scott Pooley (10 goals, 18 points).
Trending: Injuries have been the story of the season for Niagara and the Purple Eagles have lost five players with season-ending injuries: Sam Alfieri (broken leg), Nick Cecere (knee) Albin Karlsson (broken hand), Matt Dineen (broken jaw) and Tyler Akeson (ankle).
Stat check: Niagara goaltender Jackson Teichroeb ranks 15th in the country in saves (786) and 13th in shots faced (879).