Buffalo is 20 – 5 on the season but have only played six NECHL games. They are 4-2 in league play with one loss to Niagara and one loss to Syracuse. This weekend UB will have a chance to avenge that early season loss in a road game against #17 Niagara but before that the Bulls will play Canisius tonight at home.
The teams final seven games will come against League opponents and should UB sweep those games they would end up either first or second in the NECHL depending on what currently undefeated Niagara does.
|FRI 7:30 vs. Canisius|
While UB needs help to win the NECHL the hope for a trip to nationals in in their own hands and it starts tonight at 7:30 against the Griffs.
UB and Canisius squared off last week when Pitt was unable to swing a road trip against both schools. The Griffs are having an awful year, just 2-7 in NECHL play and Buffalo hung 12 goals on them in the last meeting.
The first game between these two teams goes way back to October when the Griffs hosted Buffalo at the Buff State Ice Arena. The Bulls won that game by a score of 3-1.
The nature of the ACHA poll makes beating the Griffs by more than seven goals a necessity. A tight win would likely hurt UB's #14 ranking and with several of the national auto bids likely going teams outside of the top 20 there is not a lot of breathing room.
|SUN 8:00 at #17 Niagara|
Niagara is going to be a bigger challenge for UB. The undefeated Purple Eagles made short work of the Bulls earlier this season. They smothered the Bulls and secured a 4-1 on UB's home ice back in October.
Since then they have run through eight other league games, hardly breaking a sweat. NU looks to go undefeated in league play for the second time in three seasons. Although the last time they went into the NECHL playoffs UB downed them in the championship game.
This years NECHL Playoffs take place in Syracuse, NY from February 20 – 22 and trip to the ACHA 2015 Men’s Division 1 National Championships in Cleveland, OH from March 5 – 9.