Mercyhurst at Canisius
7:35 p.m., Friday and Saturday, HarborCenter
Last time out: The Griffs fell to 2-7-0 overall with a pair of losses at Big Ten member Ohio State.
About Mercyhurst: The Lakers are on top of Atlantic Hockey with 10 points and a 5-1-0 conference mark. They were off last weekend after getting a tie and win against Air Force. The Lakers have wins over Colgate and Ohio State this year.
Trending: First periods are not the Griffs’ forte. They are being outscored, 17-3, and have allowed three goals in the first period in five of their seven losses.
Stat check: The top line of Ralph Cuddemi, Shane Conacher and Ryan Schmelzer have accounted for 77.8 percent of the Griffs’ goals this season, either scoring or assisting on 14 of the team’s 18 goals.
American International at Niagara
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dwyer Arena
Last time out: Niagara is still looking for its first win of the season after losing to No. 12 Michigan, 7-3, and losing an exhibition game against the U.S. National Development Program team, 3-2, in overtime. About American International: The Yellow Jackets are 1-10 this year but that one win was against then-No. 20 Robert Morris. AIC is coming off 5-2 loss to Sacred Heart. Trending: Niagara is one of three teams still without a win this season. Maine is 0-8-3 while Colorado College is 0-10. Stat check: American International has the worst defense, statistically speaking, in the country. The Yellow Jackets rank last in goals against (5.55 per game) and shots allowed (40.09 per game).
— Amy Moritz