Dates: February 14 and 16, 2012
Times: 7:05 p.m./7:05 p.m.
Locations: Buffalo, N.Y./Lewiston, N.Y.
Rinks: Buffalo State Sports Arena/Dwyer Arena
TV: Time Warner SportsNet (Thurs.)
The Canisius College and Niagara hockey teams renew their rivalry for two games this week. The Battle of the Bridge rivals meet in Buffalo on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. and in Lewiston on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.
BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE RIVALRY
• The series will not only be worth points in the Atlantic Hockey standings but also in the Battle of the Bridge series.
• The Battle of the Bridge series is an all-sports competition between the two rival schools.
• In its sixth year of the series, Niagara currently leads in the 2011-12 season, 10.5-6.5. Each hockey game this year is worth one point.
• Both hockey teams earned 0.5 point earlier in the season after skating to a 1-1 draw in Lewiston.
• Canisius won the Canal Cup last season, 20-13.
A DEFENSIVE STOPPER IN ROE
• Freshman blueliner Logan Roe has proven to be a defensive leader during his rookie campaign.
• Roe is currently tied for the team lead with a plus/minus rating of +4. The last Canisius freshman to appear in more than 20 games and lead the team in plus/minus was Joel Kitchen during the 2006-07 season.
• Roe has only posted a negative plus/minus rating three times since Nov. 11 (a span of 22 games). In 10-of-12 games since January 1, Roe has not allowed an even-strength or short-handed goal while on the ice.
• The rookie has also contributed on the offensive end as of late, posting the first three points of his career since Jan. 15, including the first multi-point game of his tenure on Saturday at RIT.
GOALTENDING BEHIND CANISIUS' SUCCESS
• The goaltending duo of senior Dan Morrison and sophomore Tony Capobianco has been key to the Griffs' success this season.
• The Griffs have needed the goalies to be on their games as Canisius has averaged just 2.44 goals per game (before empty-net tallies) in wins.
• The Canisius goaltenders have responded and allowed just 11 goals (1.22 average) in its nine wins this season. In seven of the nine victories, the Griffs allowed one or fewer tallies.
• Seven of the team's nine wins this season have been by just one score before empty-net goals.
MORRISON NEARS PROGRAM'S SAVES RECORD
• Dan Morrison is getting close to making his mark on the program's record book.
• Morrison has totaled 2,728 saves during his career and is approaching the school record.
• The senior is now just 43 saves shy of the mark set by Bryan Worosz from 2001 to 2005 (2,771 saves).
CANISIUS - NIAGARA SERIES HISTORY
• In a rivalry that began in 1997, Niagara holds a 14-8-2 advantage in the all-time series, including a 10-7-2 edge in Division I meetings.
• Since the Purple Eagles joined Atlantic Hockey prior to the 2010-11 season, the home team has struggled in the series with a 0-4-1 record. Each team owns two wins with one draw.
• Canisius eliminated Niagara from the 2011 Atlantic Hockey Tournament, earning a 6-3 first-round win in Lewiston.
• The schools skated to a 1-1 draw earlier in the 2011-12 season at Niagara - the lowest-scoring contest in the 24-game series history.
ABOUT THE PURPLE EAGLES
• Niagara enters the week tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 28 points. The Purple Eagles are 11-6-6 against league foes and 12-10-8 overall.
• The Purple Eagles are winless in their last three games (0-2-1) after winning seven-straight games from Jan. 13 to Feb. 3.
• Marc Zanette leads the team with 21 points this season (10g, 11a). Zanette is also tied for the team lead in goals with Scott Arnold. Ryan Rashid places second on Niagara with 19 points, scoring five goals and adding a team-leading 14 assists.
• Chris Noonan has appeared in 19 games in net, posting a 9-5-4 record to go along with a 1.76 goals against average and .939 save percentage.