Men's hockey predicted to rank second in the AHA this season
With the announcement of an NHL lockout this season, hockey fans at NU are frantically searching for a fix to calm their addiction. Luckily, their search needs to stretch no further than Niagara University's own campus, where the men's hockey team is preparing for its 2012 campaign. While the snow has yet to fall and the temperature still hangs above 50 degrees, it's never too early to get excited about NU hockey.
The Purple Eagles have fared pretty well as of late, really excelling since making the transition to the Atlantic Hockey Association three years ago. Coming off of a promising 17-win season and an appearance in the ACA Tournament semi-finals, the Eagles hope to take their success one step further and overtake powerhouse Air Force as the conference's front runner.
Head coach David Burkholder stated that last season's experience will benefit the team and propel them to the NCAA tournament.
"I feel having the team experience a true playoff series and then advancing to Blue Cross Arena before falling to an overtime goal from playing in the championship game will only help this year's team. It is a new year and as always, our season goal is a trip to the NCAA tournament," said Burkholder.
While no one is happy about the lockout”with the exception of girlfriends and Maple Leaf fans”increased attendance will hopefully become a reality for the Eagles home games. Weather you're a casual fan who doesn't know a duster from a beauty, or a diehard hockey fanatic, the Purple Eagles can always benefit from a rowdy home crowd.
The Purple Eagles return to Dwyer arena for their home opener on Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. They will host Bowling Green. See you there!