It's win-or-g0-home night in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey tournament. After the first day, here's where we stand in the best-of-three series.
Upset alert: No. 11 Niagara edged No. 6 Holy Cross, 2-1, on Friday night. The Purple Eagles surged into the playoffs with a 2-1-1 mark and the momentum continued in the Hart Recreation Center in Worcester, Mass. The Crusaders took the 1-0 lead with a strong second period, but Niagara battled back with goals from sophomore Kevin Patterson and freshman Luke Edwards. It was a two-assist night for Robert Angiolella and Stephen Pietrobon while sophomore goalie Jackson Teichroeb made 31 saves. It was the first win for Niagara against Holy Cross this season. The teams meet again at 8 p.m.
Playoff losing streak broken: Sacred Heart picked up its first Atlantic Hockey playoff win in three years when the No. 8 Pioneers defeated No. 9 Army, 2-0. Senior goalie Alex Vazzano made 20 saves for his second shutout in three games while freshman Alec Butcher had a goal and an assist. This was the first home playoff game for Sacred Heart in five years and first postseason win since March 3, 2012
Rolling along: No. 7 Air Force had an easy time against No. 11 AIC, winning 6-1. Scott Holm had a pair of goals for the Falcons as they held a 36-25 advantage in shots.
The only matchup set for the quarterfinal round has No. 5 Mercyhurst playing at No. 4 Bentley.
Robert Morris, Canisius and RIT have to wait for the outcome of the first-round series to find out their next opponent.