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This week in college hockey: Canisius heads to Alaska, Niagara meets Mercyhurst

Canisius Golden Griffins
at Alaska Gold Rush Tournament (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Friday vs. Alaska (11:07 p.m., ET)
Saturday vs. Alaska-Fairbanks (8:07 p.m., ET)
Last week: The Griffs dropped their first two games of the season to national No. 1 North Dakota in Grand Forks.
Stat check: Canisius was outscored, 10-1, by the defending national champs. Freshman Nick Hutchison scored his first collegiate goal.
Goalie debut: Senior transfer Charles Williams made 41 saves in his Canisius debut, a 4-1 loss at North Dakota.

Niagara Purple Eagles
Tuesday at Mercyhurst (7:05 p.m.)
Last week: Niagara earned a point in its opening weekend against Atlantic Hockey rival Holy Cross, losing the opener, 8-2, then earning a 4-4 tie.
Stat check: Freshman forward Kris Spriggs was named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week after picking up three points in his first two games.
Suspension: Forward Stanislav Dzakhov received a one-game suspension from the league after he was issued a five-minute major and a game disqualification for hitting from behind in Friday’s game against Holy Cross.

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