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Hockey Plays Rival Niagara in Atlantic Hockey First Round
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 03/04/2011
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The Canisius College hockey team begins the postseason with a road contest at Niagara. The two rival schools are set to meet in Lewiston for the one-game playoff with the contest set to begin at 7:05 p.m.

• Canisius earned the sixth seed in the western pod and plays a one-game playoff at No. 3 Niagara in the Atlantic Hockey First Round.
• If the Griffs defeat the Purple Eagles, Canisius will be reseeded sixth for the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals and will play at No. 3 Holy Cross.
• A Niagara win will result in the fourth-seeded Purple Eagles hosting either Robert Morris or Connecticut in the quarterfinals.

• The road team won all three meetings between the two neighboring schools during the 2010-11 campaign, with Niagara holding a 2-1-0 advantage.
• The series was a closely-contested three games. The Purple Eagles held a slight advantage in goals, 12-11, thanks to a 6-5 overtime victory on Nov. 2. Niagara also earned a 3-0 win on Feb. 17, while the Griffs posted a 6-3 victory on Feb. 19.
• Senior Vincent Scarsella led the Griffs with four points (2g, 2a) against Niagara, while Paul Zanette led the Purple Eagles with six points (3g, 3a).

• Senior Cory Conacher netted yet another school record, matching the program's Division I record for goals in a single season.
• Conacher now has 22 goals during his senior campaign, matching the mark set by Chris Duggan during the 1998-99 season.
• In addition, the senior became the first player in the program's history to score 20 goals in two different seasons.
• Conacher also owns the program's single-season points (53) and assists (33) records, set during his junior year.

• Cory Conacher is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior Class Award.
• An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award recognizes achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition.
• On the ice, Conacher has enjoyed one of the more successful careers in school history. The 2009-10 Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year owns school records in points (141), goals (61) and game-winning goals (12), while ranking third in assists (80).
• Off the ice, Conacher is a two-time selection to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team and has volunteered his time at a number of organizations in the Buffalo area.
• Conacher has also fought through type 1 diabetes and a wrist injury, which forced him to miss half of his rookie season, to reach his high level of play.

• In a rivalry that began in 1997, Niagara holds a 14-7-1 advantage in the all-time series, including a 10-6-1 edge in Division I meetings.
• The Purple Eagles won 2-of-3 games this year as the teams were meeting for the first season as Atlantic Hockey foes. The road team won all three contests this season.
• Saturday's game will also mark the second postseason meeting between the two schools. Niagara earned a 4-1 victory in the 1998 ECAC West Semifinals.

• Niagara finished fourth overall in the Atlantic Hockey standings and third in the western pod after compiling a 15-10-2 league record. Overall, the team is 18-12-4 on the season.
• The Purple Eagles are coming off a 1-0-1 weekend against Atlantic Hockey regular-season champion RIT, winning 5-2 before a 3-3 draw.
• Niagara is led by seniors Paul Zanette and Bryan Haczyk, who rank first and third, respectively, in the nation for scoring. Zanette leads the team with 53 points and 29 goals, while Haczyk ranks second with 44 points and 27 tallies.
• In goal, junior Chris Noonan and freshman Cody Campbell have split time. Noonan owns an 8-3-2 record with a 2.89 goals against average and .906 save percentage, while Campbell has posted a 4-5-1 record with a goals against average of 3.15 and a save percentage of .903.

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