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Niagara hockey receiving votes, and international attention

With its best start in a decade, the Niagara men's hockey team is getting national — and international — attention.

The Purple Eagles received votes in the latest Men's Division I poll. It's the first time Niagara received votes in a national poll since October 2014.

The ranking comes as Niagara took three points from Bentley this past weekend, a tie and a win, to move to 5-2-1 overall this season. Defenseman Noah Delmas leads Atlantic Hockey and his tied fourth nationally with 10 assists in eight games.

Tanner Lomsnes had three goals and an assist over the weekend while freshman Brian Wilson has a 2.38 goals against average and a .905 save percentage.

Meanwhile, the story of senior Derian Plouffe was told by Darren Dreger, a reporter with the Canadian-based TSN.

Last year, Plouffe took a puck in the side of his head during practice and suffered a skull fracture and bleeding in the brain. He has returned to the ice and leads Niagara, and Atlantic Hockey, in scoring with 11 points (five goals, six assists) through the team's first eight games.

This weekend, Niagara hosts Army West Point Black Knights at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Dwyer Arena. Army is currently in first place in Atlantic Hockey while Niagara is in second.

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