NCAA Hockey: Week 11 Preview

College football has rivalry week at the end of the season, college basketball has bracket buster weekends. College hockey, with multiple matchups per season, does not have a similar event, but if they did the past two weekends would qualify as Rivalry 8 Days. A week after Minnesota-Wisconsin renewed the border battle while Boston College-Boston University squared off, this weekend sees 5 rivalry series across 5 conferences. Hit the jump to take a look at the storylines heading into this weekend’s slate of games in NCAA hockey.

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2017-18 Team Previews: Canisius Griffins

We have reached the last team to preview in the Atlantic Hockey Conference, the reigning regular season champion Canisius Griffins. After years of being a bottom of the league to middle of the pack type team, Canisius has found some success since moving into the HARBORCenter as their home, a joint venture gift from the Pegula family and Buffalo Sabres. This commitment to a state of the art facility with the increased scholarship limit in Atlantic Hockey had helped Canisius recruit better under coach Dave Smith.

This reached a peak in 2016-17 with the Griffins winning their first Conference Regular Season Championship in program history. Canisius will have two huge assets to replace in 2016-17 replacing coach Dave Smith (now at RPI) and Hobey Baker Finalist goaltender Charles Williams. This season for Trevor Large, a 1st time head coach, will be a challenge as the Griffins try to match their season of a year ago.

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