Canisius at Holy Cross
7:05 p.m., Friday and Saturday
Hart Recreation Center, Worcester, Mass.
Last time out: Canisius picked up three points in its rivalry weekend with Niagara. At 7-8-3 in conference play the Griffs are in seventh place with 17 points, four points out of third.
About Holy Cross: The Crusaders split last weekend with Robert Morris. The Crusaders are in second place in Atlantic Hockey with 23 points (11-4-1), trailing Robert Morris by two. Sophomore goaltender Paul Berrafato (Williamsville) ranks third in Atlantic Hockey with a 2.06 goals against average.
Trending: The teams split their weekend in HarborCenter in October with Canisius winning the first game, 4-3, and Holy Cross responding with a 4-1 win.
Stat check: Shane Conacher leads Atlantic Hockey in scoring with 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) in conference games.
Niagara at Air Force
9:05 p.m., Friday and Saturday
Cadet Ice Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Last time out: Niagara stopped its six-game losing streak by picking up a point in a 3-3 tie with Canisius. The Purple Eagles are still in last place in Atlantic Hockey (3-11-2) and last won on Dec. 11 – 2-0 at RIT.
About Air Force: The Falcons are on a four-game undefeated streak and picked up three points against Army last weekend to move to 8-5-3 and fourth place in Atlantic Hockey. They have the worst power play in league play (10.7 percent) but the best penalty kill (90.6 percent).
Trending: Since Jan. 1, Niagara has averaged 36.5 shots on a goal, tying the Purple Eagles with Maine for sixth in the country. But they’re not scoring on those shots. The Purple Eagles rank 57th out of 60 teams in goals per shots on goal (.041) in that time frame.
Stat check: Sophomore Derian Plouffe took over the scoring lead for Niagara with 13 points on nine goals and four assists. He also leads the team with three power-play goals.
-- Amy Moritz