Air Force had to postpone last weekend’s hockey game against Sacred Heart due to the government shutdown, but this week’s series at Niagara is a go after the shutdown was ended.
Niagara (11-13-2, 10-8-2) is two points back of Canisius and Holy Cross in the Atlantic Hockey standings, but needs points against the Falcons (11-11-3, 6-9-2) to keep pace. Senior Derian Plouffe paces NU with 14 goals and 14 assists. Stanislav Dzakhov is coming off a hat trick in last weekend’s 6-0 win against Holy Cross.
Niagara swept Air Force in a two-game series in Colorado in early December.
Griffs head to Bentley before showdown
The Canisius hockey team remains in first place in Atlantic Hockey, tied with Holy Cross at 24 points. Canisius has the edge, with two fewer games played, but the teams will be able to settle things for themselves in next weekend’s two-game series.
Before that, the Griffs (12-10-2, 12-6 AHC) get a prime opportunity to clean up any holes in their game, with a series against Bentley this weekend. Bentley sits last in Atlantic Hockey with a 4-10-5 conference record. They haven’t won since Dec. 9, stacking up five losses and three ties since, and haven’t beaten Canisius in their last 10 meetings, going 0-8-2 in the process.
Canisius’ Dylan McLaughlin enters the weekend third nationally in scoring with 34 points (14g, 20a), two back of the lead. He’s seven points from reaching 100 for his career. Luke Santerno, a freshman, leads Bentley in scoring with 19 points (7g, 12a).