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Live college hockey updates: Playoffs continue with Canisius, Niagara

It's Saturday night in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs and seasons are the line for four teams while four others are looking to secure their spot in the conference final four. The best-of-three series continue. Here's the breakdown of Friday night's results:

*Canisius continued its strong defensive play, blanking Sacred Heart, 2-0, at HarborCenter. Senior Keegan Asmundson recorded his third career shutout, stopping 19 shots, while freshman Jack Stander had the game-winning goal and set up the second score by Ralph Cuddemi.

*Riding momentum from their first-round upset, Niagara played a solid game at top-seeded Robert Morris taking a 2-1 first period lead on goals from Patrick Conte and Kevin Patterson. The Colonials offense found space inthe third period and added an empty-netter for the 4-2 win.

*RIT got power play goals from the usual sources -- Matt Garbowsky and Josh Mitchell -- to edge Air Force, 2-1. It was the first win for RIT over Air Force in the postseason.

*What is it about the JAR and playoff overtime? In two of last year's three quarterfinal games at the John A. Ryan Skating Rink, Canisius and host Bentley played two OT games. The tradition continued as Mercyhurst came away with the 1-0 OT win over Bentley on a goal from senior defenseman Ryan Misiak.

Quarterfinal winners advance to the Atlantic Hockey final four March 20-21 in Rochester's Blue Cross Arena. teams play a one-game semifinal and a one-game championship with the tournament winner receiving the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament field. No Atlantic Hockey team is in the running for an at-large bid.

Follow along with tonight's action with me live at HarborCenter along with official team accounts:


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