Only one game separates Canisius and Niagara in overall record but the conference standings tell a different story.
Niagara (10-12-3 Atlantic Hockey Association) sits at seventh in the conference with 23 points, only four back from third. Canisius (7-16-2 AHA) sits in last.
The Purple Eagles swept round one of the "Battle of the Bridge" with a 5-2 win at Harborcenter before putting on their best offensive performance of the season back at home with a 9-6 victory.
It was Niagara’s first win against the Griffs since February of 2014.
This weekend the Purple Eagles will be fighting for a first round bye in the playoffs while Canisius is all but locked into last place.
Niagara’s Ludwig Stenlund leads all freshmen in the nation with 29 points and 16 goals. Noah Delmas is sixth in Atlantic Hockey for points with 30, including 20 assists.
The Griffs are 1-6-1 in their last eight with their only win coming against Air Force last Saturday.
The teams play at 7:35 p.m. today in Harborcenter and hit the ice at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Dwyer Arena.
Canisius can increase lead
Every game matters for Canisius men’s basketball with a five-way tie for second place in the MAAC.
The Griffs currently sit atop the conference with a 9-5 record while Quinnipiac, Rider, Siena, Iona and Monmouth all tied at 9-6 right behind them. Luckily, Canisius will have the opportunity to play two of those teams this weekend.
The Griffs will play Monmouth tonight at 7 p.m. and at Iona on Sunday. Canisius has won six games on the road during conference play.
Takal Molson leads the team with 16.5 points per game while scoring in double-figures 24 times this season.
Niagara men’s basketball begins its final road swing of the season as they take on Rider and Saint Peter’s.
The Purple Eagles will play at Rider tonight at 7 p.m. for the first time since January 2017. Niagara was defeated by the Broncs, 104-84, at home earlier this season.
Dominic Robb is only four blocks away from breaking the program record of 220 by Joe Arlauckas. Robb had no blocks against Rider in the first meeting.
NU women host Monmouth
Niagara women’s basketball hosts Monmouth in its annual Play4Kay game at 7 p.m. in honor of former NC State coach Kay Yow who passed away after a 22-year long battle with breast cancer.
Niagara last won at home on Feb. 13 against Canisius with Jai Moore scoring 30 points.
Canisius plays Siena at 7 p.m. The Griffs have lost their last four games.
Bonnies win at buzzer
The St. Bonaventure women were 12 seconds away from losing their fifth straight game.
Mckenna Maycock, who was honored on Senior Night, drove into the paint only to have her shot blocked by Rhode Island’s Jalissa Ross. Deja Francis grabbed the ball and threw it back inside for Asianae Johnson.
Johnson’s layup was good and the Bonnies escaped with the win, 62-61.