Niagara at Canisius
Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinal
7:35 p.m. Friday
8:05 p.m. Saturday
6:35 p.m. Sunday (if necessary)
Canisius and Niagara will square off in the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals. The winner advances to the league semifinal in Rochester. Here's what you need to know to get ready for the best-of-three series:
1. Niagara has a hot goalie. In his four-year career at Niagara, Jackson Teichroeb has played his best hockey in the postseason. He is 9-8 in the playoffs with a 2.41 goals against average, .931 save percentage and one shutout. In the third game win over RIT in the first round, Teichroeb tied a season-high with 42 saves, his third-most in a playoff game.
2. Canisius has a hot goalie, too. Charles Williams has the best save percentage in Division I (.944) and the second-best goals against average (1.83). He has two shutouts during the team's 15-game unbeaten streak.
3. The Griffs have been idle for two weeks. Canisius won the Atlantic Hockey regular season title, earning a first-round bye and home ice. But the way the schedule broke, the Griffs did not play the final weekend of the regular season. We saw the Griffs on the ice Feb. 23 in a 4-0 win over Mercyhurst.
4. Niagara is riding a dramatic upset. The Purple Eagles had a forgettable regular season with just three wins and the 11th seed in Atlantic Hockey. They got new life in the playoffs, upsetting No. 6 RIT in Rochester. Niagara won the opener, 5-4, scoring twice in the final minute. The Tigers rebounded with a 5-0 win in Game Two, but the Purple Eagles won the deciding game, 4-1.
5. Canisius owned the regular season series. The Griffs swept the four-game regular season series with Niagara by a combined score of 19-7. The teams met last year year in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey playoffs in HarborCenter. Niagara took the first game with Canisius responding with two wins to take the first-round series.