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The weekend starts early in Atlantic Hockey with local rivals Canisius and Niagara squaring off Tuesday and Thursday. The “Battle of the Bridge” contests open tonight at Canisius, where Niagara has won the last two meetings, and the over the Grand Island Bridge(s) to Niagara on Thursday. The teams tied 1-1 earlier in the season, but I’m picking the Purple Eagles, who have cooled off a bit but still should come out on top in both games. Niagara 3, Canisius 2; Niagara 4, Canisius 2.